R3store Studios and Film London, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, have partnered to acquire and operate an MWA Choice scanner.

The partnership will give Film London the ability to digitise small gauge film reels from the London’s Screen Archives network, unlocking and making available as yet unseen material whilst at the same time increasing the capacity at R3store Studios.

The MWA Choice scans 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm & 16mm in any resolution up to 2.3K and is one of the leading small gauge scanners on the market.

R3store will also offer training and support to Film London staff.

R3store already operate a Scanity HDR for 16mm and 35mm and the addition will now see them able to digitise all film gauges.

Jo Griffin, COO R3store Studios said: “We have enjoyed a long working relationship with Film London and it is a real honour for us to be able to partner together to purchase the MWA Choice Scanner. We are very much looking forward to working together. This now allows us to be able to scan all film gauges with the choice allowing us to scan all small gauge formats up to 2K.”

Bea Harbour, London’s Screen Archives Manager, Film London said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for allowing us to aquire the MWA Choice scanner. With their support, we can digitise the wealth of small gauge material donated to the London: A Bigger Picture project, as well as continuing to make the amazing collections of the London’s Screen Archives network available for as wide an audience as possible. We look forward to continuing our partnership with R3store Studios and working closely with Jo and the team.”

Pictured: R3store’s Jo Griffin and Bea Harbour from Film London with the scanner

Staff Reporter

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