Digitizing Fundraiser Project

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Digitize 100 Miles of the AV Geeks films. 16mm at a time.

We wanna digitize 100 miles (over 240 hours) of 16mm films from the A/V Geeks archive and make them freely available on archive.org!

WHAT?
The A/V Geeks have over 24,000 old 16mm educational films that we’ve rescued from landfills, dumpsters, closets, school libraries. These films cover topics from Atomic Bombs to Zoo Babies and provide an entertaining yet insightful glimpse into our past. We’ve kept these materials from being thrown out and we want to continue our mission by giving them a new life and sharing them you!

Traditionally, this means that we would have to either travel to you or you would have to travel to us to watch a film on a projector. By digitizing these films we can give you and the world access to these materials! When a film from the A/V Geeks archive is digitized and uploaded to the internet, it can be easily accessed, watched, downloaded, researched and repurposed for music videos, class projects, documentaries and more.

Help us digitize 100 Miles of Film! Instead of traveling miles to give access to these films we’d rather digitize miles of 16mm film. Film length is generally measured in feet (in the US) to where 2100 feet of film roughly equals one hour of content. With your support we can digitize and make available 100 miles of film – over 240 hours of (around 1,000 individual titles) from the archive. So we envision this as sort of a road rally. We have to go 100 miles in a short period of time. We’ll have a small team to keep the machines humming along. We aren’t sure what we’ll find with some of the films – we haven’t seen them yet!

Funds raised by this project will allow the A/V Geeks to allocate the time, equipment and resources needed to catalog, curate, prep, clean, digitize, post-process, upload and share the films online via the Internet Archive, Youtube, etc.

To digitize 100 miles of film we need to raise $50,000 (about $500 per mile). It’s a long road, but we are up for the challenge and hope you’ll come along for the ride.

By supporting this project, your funding will get you awesome perks – the ability to help us pick the films to digitize, stickers, DVDs, a new t-shirt, an A/V Geeks screening at your event —and more!

WHY?
How important is an old 16mm school film? Sure, they can be corny and funny to watch but they also can teach us a lot about our cultural past. We see what was important to our society. We see our society’s hopes and fears. We remember our immediate past (how to use a rotary telephone, when computers were first made, arguments for why it was important for the United States to go metric, for example).. Also, surprisingly, some of these films are actually quite good and their points are still relevant.

HUH?
Simply stated, we want to take more than 1000 16mm (over 245 hours of content) films in our collection and convert them so you can access over the internet. It takes time and money to do this and that is why we have started this fundraising project. The end result is that you can watch them for fun, for research or use freely use them for your own project/music video/documentary.

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We also hope that this fundraising project can be a model for future film digitization projects – not only the A/V Geeks archive – but other small film archives that dot the globe.

 WHAT?
We are raising money to digitize a chunk of our film collection. Ideally, we’d love to transfer the entire collection but that would be a huge undertaking and we wanted to start with something more manageable. One hundred miles of film is about 245 hours of 16mm content. Motion picture film is measured in feet…

 100 miles = 528,000ft = 245 hours = over 1000 16mm films.

So we envision this as sort of a road rally. We have to go 100 miles in a short period of time. We’ll have a small team to keep the machines humming along. We aren’t sure what we’ll find with some of the films – we haven’t seen them yet.

We have a list of over 1700 digitization candidates from the collection. We’ve researched their copyright status to make sure they are public domain. We’ve picked some of our favorites to be on the digitization list, but we’d also like your input. If you donate over a certain level, you can vote for which films to digitize.

Also, there are over 1500 films in our collection that haven’t been cataloged. We don’t know what they are as the titles were ripped off the cans. If this project is funded, we can spend some time going through the unknown films, discovering their titles and, if they are public domain, we could potentially digitize some of them.

Here’s a list of some of the candidates.

 WHERE WILL THE PLEDGES GO?
Funds raised by this project will help pay for the time and equipment needed to catalog, curate, prep, clean, digitize, post-process, upload and share the films online via the Internet Archive, Youtube, etc.

The funds will also help us start an online database of educational, industrial and ephemeral films – think IMDB but focused on this vast yet underrepresented genre. The database would help the public locate films and watch them online if they are available.

HOW?
We have a 16mm telecine and film cleaning equipment. We’ve digitize several thousand films and videos for other archives (Prelinger Archives, Duke Adviews Archive, UPenn Museum of Anthropology & Archeology, NASA, Academic Film Archives of N America) and are eager to spend the time digitizing our own vast film collection.

 What Perks you can get for your contribution

  • $5 – Tip jar
    You get a personalized thank you email from A/V Geeks founder Skip Elsheimer and receive updates when new films are available online.
  • $10 – Spectator
    A new A/V Geeks sticker and receive updates when new films are available online.
  • $25 – Fan
    You get to vote on which films will be digitized and the A/V Geeks Greatest Hits DVD (our favorite films with annoying/catching songs) and the other perks below this level.
  • $35 – Producer
    You get added to our online hall of fame, a new “best of” DVD from the newly digitized films and the other perks below this level.
  • $50 – PromoterYou get a new Dale Flattum A/V Geeks hot rod t-shirt, a new sticker and the other perks below this level.
  • $85 – Super Fan
    Any 4 DVDs from the A/V Geeks back catalog and the other perks below this level.
  • $115 – DVD Collector
    Any 10 DVDs from the A/V Geeks back catalog and the other perks at the Promoter level
  • $150 – Art Collector
    New limited edition Dale Flattum A/V Geeks Hot Rod poster and the other perks below this level.
  • $300 – Exhibitor
    You visit the A/V Geeks HQ and help us digitize for a day. You pay for your travel and lodging expenses but we’ll feed you and ply you with drink after a busy day of work. You’ll get a DVD of your work and all the Promoter level perks
  • $500 – A/V Geek for a Day
    You visit the A/V Geeks HQ and help us digitize for a day. You pay for your travel and lodging expenses but we’ll feed you and ply you with drink after a busy day of work. You’ll get a DVD of your work and all the Promoter level perks
  • $1,000 – Digital Collector
    All the newly digitized films AND films from the A/V Geeks DVDs as Mp4 files on hard drive – over 1500 films total and all the promoter level perks.
  • $10,000 – Archivist Angel
    Woo, you rock! Your choice of 50 films – full broadcast-quality Quicktime ProRes HD files on hard drive, and the other perks below this level – including, if you want, being an A/V Geek for a Day and a screening.

 

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