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Manchester based Footage Training Week rescheduled to 22-26 November 2010

1 July 2010


FOCAL International supported by Skillset are running a five day Introduction to the Audiovisual Archive World.

Responding to demand expressed to Skillset, FOCAL International is following the success of its popular summer Training Week, held annually in London, by providing this Continuing Professional Development introduction to all elements of audiovisual archive management.

This is the course for you – whether you are looking to develop a career in audiovisual archive management, film archive research or you own a collection that is in need of order!

We aim to introduce you to:

  • Who are the users of audiovisual archives, what do they want?
  • What is Metadata and Media Asset Management, how does it work?
  • Where are the challenges in managing an exemplar Regional Film Archive
  • Why the history of film and video formats are significant to archives and researchers
  • How is a Library Sales business set up
  • End to end research
  • Copyright law

With visits to:

  • North West Film Archive
  • National Media Museum, Bradford
  • BBC North


The course will be based in and around the audiovisual archives of Manchester
Cost: £250 plus VAT
For more information and booking form contact the FOCAL International office
tel: 020 3178 3535 or email

Monday 22nd November North West Film Archive - Introduction to Film & Video Technology

09.30 Welcome and introduction to the week of events by Sue Malden, Chair - FOCAL International

10.00-17.30 Walt Denning - Visiting Fellow in the School of Media Music and Performance at Salford University Confirmed

Schedule – Lunch included

  • Introduction to moving images – a historical overview
  • Nature of film – composition, format, how it works
  • History of film technology
  • Types of film – negatives, positives, soundtracks, colour etc
  • The film production process – shooting, cutting, post-production, release etc
  • Principles of video
  • History of video and electronic formats
  • Production using video
  • Identifying film and video in a collection
  • Managing film and video in the archive – masters, duplication etc
  • Repair and restoration
  • Ethical questions – colour, speed, sound, grain, versions etc
  • Access to archive material – the digital future

All the above will include practical experience giving students the opportunity to see the different types of film and tape and associated equipment.

Tuesday 23rd November North West Film Archive

09.30 Introduction to the Archive by Marion Hewitt – Service Manager, North West Film Archive. Learn about the challenges in managing and exemplar a regional film archive. Tour of the North West Film Archive

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch at North West Film Archive

14.00 Welcome by TBC – Business Lead, BBC North, BBC Manchester Nicola Jenkinson or Sylvia Reeves TBC. Information and Archives who will talk about the process from content capture, selection and subsequent access

15.30 Tea

15.45–17.00 The Commercial Archive Management and sale operation – Robin James BBC Motion Gallery

Wednesday 24th November National Media Museum, Bradford

09.00 Travel from Manchester by coach

10.00 Meet with Paul Goodman – Head of Collections & Knowledge - who will give brief introduction to Collections Team work in NMeM

10.30 Claire Thomas – Assistant Curator of Television - to give presentation on work of TV commercials project

11.00 Coffee

11.15 Colin Harding – Curator of Photographic Technology - to present and element of the photography collection of his choice

11.45 Michael Harvey – Curator of Cinematography - to present cinematography collection

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Free to tour the Museum

16.00 Return to Manchester by coach

Thursday 25th November BBC Manchester

09.30 Sally Weston - BBC plus Luke Smedley- AP Archive giving a case study who will talk about metadata creation

1100-1115 Coffee

1115-1300 Copyright Law with Hubert Best, Media Lawyer introduced by Sue Malden - FOCAL International Chair

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Kate Carter-Industry Trust – talking about piracy in the media business

15.00-1515 Tea

15.15-17.00 End to End Research with experienced Film. Researchers – Jim Anderson & Elspeth Hanna

18.00-20.00 Fiona Maxwell – ITV Global Entertainment will be showing Red Shoes - winner of FOCAL International's Best Restoration Award 2010 with clip of Martin Scorcese's acceptance speech

20.00-21.30 Networking Reception – invited guests only

Friday 26 th November BBC MANCHESTER

10.00-11.00 The Commercial Archive Management and sales operation – ITN representative

11.00-11.15 Tea

11.15- 13.00 Digital File Management - Terry Smith - VET

13.00 –14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Use and Abuse of Archive – Jerry Kuehl

15.00-15.30 Afternoon Tea

15.30-17.00 Taylor Downing - FlashbackTelevision will give an overview on making programmes which include footage and show a few examples and discuss the problems of obtaining footage etc.

17.00-17.30 Wrap up and close with Sue Malden

At time of print, schedule correct, but FOCAL International reserves the right to change.


Anne Johnson (on the above number) or call 0712 663505 or
Julie Lewis call 07957 795843

About FOCAL International
FOCAL International Ltd, is a professional trade association for the footage industry providing an excellent information resource, training in key skills, plus networking and marketing opportunities.

Members offering their services include: Footage and Stockshot Archives, Footage Researchers, Archive Consultants, Copyright experts, plus Facility Houses specializing in services to the footage industry.

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