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Film Archivist

Catalog and protect old films.

What does a Film Archivist do?

Film decays at a rapid pace. In fact, most of the silent films made in the 1920s have already decomposed to the point of no return. A film archivist is responsible for collecting, preserving, organizing, and displaying old footage, usually for a museum, library, educational institution, or historical site.

As a film archivist, you get to watch hours and hours of video and decide what to do with it. Your job involves editing films to pull out the most important footage, describing scenes with historical significance, and cataloging clips so that researchers and the public can access them as needed.

You may also get the chance to create an exhibit or collection featuring footage around a certain theme. By using your creativity and doing all the proper research, you boil down all those hours of recordings into a format that the public will be able to understand in a matter of minutes.

Your hard work makes the medium of film a useful and accessible resource for understanding history, improving education, and preserving culture.