Wherein I soil myself

Today I was promoted to Head of Motion Picture Preservation at George Eastman House.

Whoa.

That’ll do, Wednesday. That’ll do.

Current status: scanning 35mm dupe neg of The Monkey Talks (1927).

Current status: scanning 35mm dupe neg of The Monkey Talks (1927).

My post-race face: let me show you it. #photofinish5k #geh (Taken with Instagram at George Eastman House)

My post-race face: let me show you it. #photofinish5k #geh (Taken with Instagram at George Eastman House)

I NEED YOUR HELP!

Hey peeps, remember when I nagged you for money a couple of weeks ago? And you meant to help out but just sort of forgot about it? Well, good news: there is still time to contribute to the Motion Picture Restoration Project! We’ve raised enough to restore the poster for The Silent Witness, and now we’re trying to ensure we have the funds to restore Are Parents People? as well.

To learn more about the event and to donate to my team, please go here. I thank you so much in advance for your support of this project!

(and yes, I am actually running the 5k race for this, even though I am medically in no condition to do so.)

Of *course* you want to help me restore a vintage cinema poster!

Hey friends, I’m going to be participating in the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5k fundraising race on October 6th. My Motion Picture Department team in particular is trying to raise enough donations to fund the restoration and preservation of an original 1917 movie poster for the film “The Silent Witness”.

The restoration will cost roughly $800, which is peanuts. I’m hoping to blow that number out of the water with your help, so that the additional money can go to fund other motion picture preservation projects I’m working on. As a point of reference, the typical cost for preservation of a 60-minute silent film is $25,000, so I’m sure that between the people who follow me here, we can get well over $800 in no time, right…?

Also, to sweeten the deal a bit, I’ll dig into my own pockets to send a piece of GEH swag (etched pint glass or mug) to anyone who donates $50 (or more). And maybe something for the $25-50 givers too, but I haven’t worked that out yet.

To learn more about the event and to donate to my team, please go here. I thank you so much in advance for your support of this project!

Sometimes things work out, but not the way you expected.

When I was six/seven years old, I was obsessed with all things Batman. I loved Wayne Manor and dreamed of visiting a huge brick mansion full of old things and forgotten books and lots of little twisty rooms. And I wanted to see Batman’s “other world” beneath that mansion; the hidden one full of glass and metal and high-tech gadgets and equipment and cold rooms full of old treasures.

It struck me this morning that now in 2011, for my current gig, I actually go to a huge brick mansion full of old things and forgotten books and lots of little twisty rooms. I walk through this mansion in the morning to get to the world beneath it where I work; the hidden one underground made of metal and glass. The one full of high-tech gadgets and equipment and cold rooms full of old treasures.

You guys. I work in the fucking Batcave.