Digitizing “Back to the Future”

Digitizing the original screen-used newspaper prop from "Back to the Future"

Digitizing the original screen-used newspaper prop from “Back to the Future”

One of the best parts about working here is that we get to see cool stuff every week, and we recently completed another really neat project. Creekside Digital was selected to digitize the original screen-used Hill Valley Telegraph newspaper prop from the movie “Back to the Future” that Michael J. Fox’s character pulls out of a trash can upon his arrival in 1955 to confirm that he has indeed traveled back in time.

The original newspaper is shown here being captured on our i2S CopiBook HD600 overhead scanner. This equipment allows us to capture items up to 17″ x 25″ quickly and at a very high level of quality, and we use it to shoot quite a number of newspapers, manuscripts, scrapbooks, ledgers, photographs, and other loose and bound items. In addition to the digitization, Creekside Digital was asked to manually retouch out all of the flaws in the images such as wrinkles and yellowing. Soon, pristine reproduction copies of this prop will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

The paper as held by Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future"

The paper as held by Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future”

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Excellent example of a #FADGI compliant, high volume mass #digitization project yielding images that are measurably sharper, evenly illuminated, and with accurate colors and free from color casts, noise, and other unwanted artifacts. Actually shooting targets AND routinely *verifying* them with software ensures that your imaging system is performing correctly over the course of a long-running project and is a big part "doing it right" as defined by our nation's leading cultural institutions.Tis the season for mass digitization! We’ve digitized over 2,000 posters in our first few weeks of production with National Museum of American History Archives Center and we’re excited to finish the collection in the new year! If you’re home for the holidays, help us transcribe the catalog sheets for the posters: transcription.si.edu/node/40 over at Smithsonian Transcription Center ... See MoreSee Less

Excellent example of a #FADGI compliant, high volume mass #digitization project yielding images that are measurably sharper, evenly illuminated, and with accurate colors and free from color casts, noise, and other unwanted artifacts.  Actually shooting targets AND routinely *verifying* them with software ensures that your imaging system is performing correctly over the course of a long-running project and is a big part doing it right as defined by our nations leading cultural institutions.

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How do you move 10,960 National Museum of American History posters from their permanent storage location to a mass digitization production set and back again? By trained professionals, very carefully!
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