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Unborn but (not) Forgotten : Digitizing Korea's Cinematic Past Rob Cagle, PhD Cinema Specialist, University of Illinois Libraries JaEun Ku, PhD Web Application.

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1 Unborn but (not) Forgotten : Digitizing Korea's Cinematic Past Rob Cagle, PhD Cinema Specialist, University of Illinois Libraries JaEun Ku, PhD Web Application Developer, University of Illinois Extension

2 Scope of the presentation Film Poster/Stills (not films) Research values/interest (poster examples) Digitization (not copyright issues) Examples of Digitized posters collection Implication

3 Research value multi-disciplinary, not limited to only one field; film studies, advertising, history, arts, anthropology, sociology, literature, East Asian studies – Cultural diversity – Movie as text for historical research – Film Market analysis (US vs Korean)

4 Poster Examples Shiri( ) Joint Security Area( ) My Sassy Girl( ) Old Boy( ) A Tale of Two Sisters ( ) Sympathy for Lady Vengeance( ) A man Went to Mars( )

5 Collection Value Different poster images along with its creative process (initial images from individuals computer to final poster images) Variation/change of details in poster graphics depending on production stages (ex: press kit) or for different film markets (US vs Korea vs Europe) Easy to obtain posters right before or right after the release but hard to obtain posters after certain time passes. (timeliness matters) Hard to preserve the posters due to its sizes and fragility

6 Why digitize? Ease of Access – posters tend to be oversize and big Preservation – posters are often fragile Scarcity – not many posters Difficulty of acquisition- it can be available only during the release, not all the time

7 Current Status Korean Film Archive Poster collection Colorado University Library, International Poster Collection Han cinema/Show box Hollywood Movie Archive

8 Korean Film Archive Poster collections postercataloging4,224 Image scan3,729 Stillcataloging122,035 Image scan57,241 Cho, 2009 (, 2009) Number of Poster and Still in KOFA Collection (as of Dec 31. 2008)

9 KOFA - Implication I Lack of curatorial process (from Hanna Montana -U.S pop teen star- posters to old Korean movie posters) Need for specialization by genres How to fill the gaps among collected posters Improving search precision and recall Searchable only in Korean

10 International Poster Collection Colorado University Library Image display (thumbnail and full size) Description/Cataloging Example: 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

11 Poster Description I Title:12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival12thPuchonInternationalFantasticFilmFestival Poster No.:2009-131b2009131b Artist: Son, Pyong-il, 1958-Pyongil1958 Artist Information: For artist information, go to (will open new browser window): http://lib.colostate.edu/posters/results-artists.php?id=371 http://lib.colostate.edu/posters/results-artists.php?id=371 Country: South KoreaKorea Language: English, KoreanKorean Description: PiFan2008... 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival... ; Part 2 of 2PiFan200812thPuchonInternationalFantasticFilm FestivalPart2 Image:Silhouetted person covered in feathered wingsSilhouettedpersoncoveredfeatheredwings Date:20082008 Prepress Media: Printing Process: Subject: Persons ; Wings ; Film festivals ; Posters--Korean ; Motion picture posters ; Cultural postersWingsFilmfestivalsPostersKoreanMotion picturepostersCulturalposters

12 Poster Description II Purpose: Award: CSU Exhibition Year: Exhibited 20092009 Exhibition: Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (16th : 2009 : Fort Collins, Colo.) Reference: Sixteenth Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition. Fort Collins: Dept. of Art, Colorado State University, 2009. Dimensions:99 x 70 cm. Condition: acid-free; no label; pencil writing on back; slight scuff marks on back; tape on back Rights: http://lib.colostate.edu/posters/copyright.htmlhttp://lib.colostate.edu/posters/copyright.html Publisher: Colorado State University Libraries Publisher Place: Fort Collins, Colo. Date Available:20091005

13 Closings Recognition of posters research values Collection development policy (why collect and what to collect) Digitization (preservation, ease of access, quality of Image) Description/Cataloging (how and what to find)

14 References –,,, 2009.8 –, (series of the film archive) – -, –,, 29 – Gary D. Rhodes, The origin and development of the American moving picture poster, Film History, Volume 19, pp. 228–246, 2007. Copyright © John Libbey Publishing – Mary Beth Haralovich, Advertising the heterosexuality: MARY BETH HARALOVICH EXAMINES CHANGING COURTSHIPS IN FILM POSTERS OF THE THIRTIES AND FORTIES – The National Film Preservation Foundation, The Film Preservation Guide-The Basics For Archives, Libraries, and Museum, 2004 – Patricia J. Rettig, A Web of posters: the international poster collection at Colorado State University Libraries, Colorado Libraries 27 no3 Fall 2001


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