Position Description: The Newsreel Assistant works under the direction of the Senior Newsreel Preservationist to provide support for the Hearst Metrotone Digitization Project. The Newsreel Assistant is responsible for paging newsreel materials from storage, identifying and resolving problems encountered when pulling film from storage, reviewing and updating databases as needed, assisting with quality control of scanned files, and generating statistical reports.
UCLA Film & Television Archive, a department of the UCLA Library, collects moving images as works of art and as social and historical documents, restores and preserves moving images for current and future generations, curates collections, programs and events using moving images to advance knowledge, and provides access to moving images for purposes of research, education and enjoyment. The Archive's collections consist of over 500,000 holdings dating from the dawn of cinema to the present and cover a broad-spectrum of content from major Hollywood studios films and network television shows to independent productions and news footage. The Archive holds the Hearst Metrotone News Collection with over 27 million feet of newsreel footage from the 1910's to the 1960s's.
The Archive asserts that equitable and diverse representation is fundamental to its work in acquisitions, cataloging and preservation, and in providing access to collection materials through curation, public exhibition and research initiatives. As a caretaker of these documents, the Archive is responsible for increasing cultural competency by putting into historical context materials that may represent biases and discriminatory viewpoints, themes and depictions.
Preservation, a unit of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, undertakes and manages preservation and restoration projects of moving image titles and newsreels using materials in the Archive's collections and/or obtained from outside sources. The exacting work of Preservation encompasses both traditional photochemical and modern digital technologies, and involves: researching the best surviving materials among the world's archives, film companies, other film repositories and private collectors; painstakingly comparing and cutting together shots and scenes from diverse sources; repairing or replacing damaged sections of the film; timing or color grading the picture to achieve the appropriate 'look' for the film; rerecording soundtracks to remove auditory imperfections; tinting silent films in their original colors; and restoring original titles, credits and intertitles or recreating them. In addition to the preservation department's individual title projects, a large scale digitization of the Hearst Newsreel collection is underway in collaboration with the Packard Humanities Institute.
Special Instructions: This position REQUIRES that a RESUME and COVER LETTER be submitted in addition to the application. Please have ALL FILES ready to upload when applying.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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