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Screen Time Restores "Davey and Goliath" With Revival

Uses da Vinci Revival to restore classic stop-motion animation series for DVD release (June 29, 2005)

Screen Time Images relied on da Vinci's Revival image restoration system to renew the classic stop-motion animation series "Davey and Goliath." Contracted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Screen Time Images restored all 65 original episodes and six specials from the popular children's show, which ran from 1960 to 1975. The Revival toolset allowed Screen Time to correct extensive aging problems on the material, such as dye-fading, scratches, and dust debris.

"We are the oldest users of Revival, and it still never fails to amaze both us and our clients with the beautiful results we can achieve," said Screen Time Images Owner Sean McKee. "For this project, the client wanted today's children to watch the shows without realizing that the series is over 40 years old. So we were asked to remove the most distracting artifacts and debris, while still maintaining the nostalgic charm of the series.

"Like many old films, dye-fading was immediately apparent, causing the image to look red, dull, and washed out. Our da Vinci systems allowed us to bring the film to life and enhance the colors so they were as vibrant as the day it was shot. Although it was filmed in color, the early broadcasts were in black and white, so this could be the first time many people have seen some episodes in color."


Screen Time's archivist identified the best 16mm film elements from the ELCA archives and passed them along to colorist Peter Pyskacek for scanning and grading on the da Vinci color enhancement system. With da Vinci's Revival and other proprietary software, Screen Time Images then digitally corrected dirt, scratch, and splice problems on the film. The team used Revival to perform a light grain reduction, as well as a semi-automated dirt removal that eliminated a large percentage of the random dirt and scratches. The interactive toolset allowed the staff to follow this with a frame-by-frame restoration of any large debris that remained.

"This is where Revival really shines, giving us tools not available on any other system, such as splice-damage repair tools, color restoration, and the ability to automatically track motion in reference frames to recreate missing images," added McKee. "The ease and speed with which Revival lets us work allows us to clean up the most amount of film debris within the client's budgetary and deadline requirements."

Screen Time also restored the optical audio soundtrack, removing clicks, crackle, and hiss. Audio restoration and sweetening was performed with Cedar Audio hardware, Pro Tools, and an AMS-Neve Libra audio console.

"This show is as relevant today as it ever was," said McKee. "Regardless of race or religion, the ideals presented in this series create a strong foundation in children that will last the rest of their lives. Even though the ELCA's goal is to create new episodes, the fact that they came to us with this job shows that there is value in the classic material. It is a pleasure to work with a forward-thinking organization such as the ELCA, who realizes that their film assets are worth restoring. Although classic is a term that applies here, a better description of this series is timeless."


About Screen Time Images
Screen Time Images has restored thousands of classic films and television programs for DVD release and theatrical re-release. Services and pricing are designed to accommodate every type of project and budget range. Some of Screen Time's restored clips were shown at the 2003 Academy Awards during the career montage for Peter O'Toole.

Screen Time Images Inc. is located in Schaumburg, Ill., and can be reached at 847-534-9000 or via www.screentimeimages.com.


About da Vinci Systems
da Vinci Systems ®, LLC is the leading provider of color enhancement and image restoration products used in post-production facilities worldwide. Incorporating the company's Emmy® Award-winning technology, da Vinci's products support SDTV, HDTV, data, and digital film. Since the introduction of the company's first color corrector in 1984, da Vinci has been the front-runner in the field of image enhancement, shaping color enhancement into the vital role it holds in post production today. The company is headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Germany, and Singapore.

Learn more about the Revival and other da Vinci products at www.davsys.com.

 


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