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DGA, studios set pic preservation backup

Collection to be housed at UCLA

The Directors Guild of America and Hollywood studios have announced plans for a West Coast Conservation Collection of mint condition prints of new features, to be housed at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

The collection, which will cover projects dating from November 2000 onward, is designed to provide a backstop for preservation of films that could be lost in the midst of corporate reorganization. The pact between the DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers calls for studios to give the UCLA Archive a mint condition print when they release a film.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese, a member of the DGA President’s Commission on Film Preservation, said, “In conjunction with successful preservation programs already in place at the studios and archives, the new DGA-Motion Picture Industry Conservation Collection provides a much-needed safety net by ensuring that pristine prints exist for every single film produced.”

Experts say mint condition prints can last more than 100 years if properly stored and handled. The archive, which already contains better than 85,000 features, will allow limited non-commercial screenings from the collection if the copyright holder gives permission.

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