REPRESENTING   - JOHN DECUIR, JR.

2529 Foothill Boulevard Suite 210 LaCrescenta, CA 91214 - Phone 323-455-4540 - Fax 323-337-8208  -                    

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A RESCUE EFFORT - Our most immediate concern is to mount an effort to restore a collection of 80 very rare film transparencies, before they are lost to history through the chemical disintegration of the original Ektachrome Kodak film stock. These production renderings were made to illustrate the design of the academy award winning and nominated films THE KING & I, CLEOPATRA, HELLO DOLLY and SOUTH PACIFIC.  Experienced practitioners agree that these are some of the very best illustrations ever created for a motion picture and we believe this collection is the largest and only grouping of these wonderful works.  Fortunately, I was a participant in the creation of these illustrations and believe this experience coupled with the latest digital restoration techniques will aide in the restoration process.  

 THE RESTORATION

We are reasonablu confident that the originals from which these transparencies were produced  have been lost to us, abandoned by the studios and or destroyed.  Many were sold at auction, others lost to private collections and some destroyed. Naturally, we are in the process of inquiring into the existence of any of  the original paintings as this would be the most direct step to restoration through scanning the original should they exist.  We are making inquiries in Hollywood, London and Rome where they were originally created but to date no evidence of their existance has been found.  The next step is to submit the fading transparencies to scanning and digital restoration techniques

 It would appear that these (high resolution 8X10) color transparencies (which my father had commissioned as part of his work portfolio) may be the only known color copies in existence. Unfortunately, the nature of the film they were recorded on in 40 plus years has resulted in serious fading and color shifting. Soon they will reach a point where restoration is impossible and they will completely fade away.

The images we are working with are for the most part recorded on Kodak film stock which over the last 50 years has deteriorated. The resolution of the images is excellent, in that they were recorded on either 4X5 or 8x10 transparencies. The problem resides in the color deterioration (magenta shift) which is an intrinsic fault of the original KODAK stock. While these images will never be restored to their original brilliance, with the help of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, we have been able to make a bold step toward 90% restoration. the following images illustrate:

EXAMPLE FROM SOUTH PACIFIC

CURRENT TRANSPARENCY                                                                                  DESKTOP RESTORATION                                                                                        ACADEMY DIGITAL RESTORATION

EXAMPLE FROM CLEOPATRA - HIGHLY DETERIORATED

CURRENT TRANSPARENCY                                                                          DESKTOP RESTORATION

 EXAMPLE FROM CLEOPATRA - LESS DETERIORATED

CURRENT TRANSPARENCY                                                                            DESKTOP RESTORATION

EXAMPLE OF THE THREE COLOR PLUS BLACK RGB RESTORATIONS

CURRENT TRANSPARENCY                                                                          DESKTOP RESTORATION                                                                       THREE COLOR + BLACK RGB RESTORATION