To store a digital master record of a movie costs about $12,514 a year, versus the $1,059 it costs to keep a conventional film master."What" is being preserved is an interesting question. Are they preserving too much? Will this eventually cripple the movie industry?
Much worse, to keep the enormous swarm of data produced when a picture is “born digital” — that is, produced using all-electronic processes, rather than relying wholly or partially on film — pushes the cost of preservation to $208,569 a year, vastly higher than the $486 it costs to toss the equivalent camera negatives, audio recordings, on-set photographs and annotated scripts of an all-film production into the cold-storage vault.
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