World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Picture courtesy UNESCO

Picture courtesy UNESCO

This post is not about ecologist issues. It is more focused about culture and filmmaking which are also two fundamental stones on the right development and education of the children. Just for to let it clear, filmmaking is not only about to make fiction or films, it involves any motion picture, and today, it is difficult to think in an academic world or field which does not have any sort of video like a support on the lesson.

This year, the main theme for this day is: “It’s your story. Don’t loose it.” However, it seems there are so many people whom are not totally aware of what does it means so it would be a good way to remember and to explain why organisations like American Film Institute (AFI) are fundamental on their work but, in special, they must be celebrated on this day.

Let’s explain it with an example because it is going to make it easier. Let’s suppose you enjoy making videos, of any kind. Even if you would like to distribute them on cinemas, television or social media the issue is: “when you have done it what do you do with them?” Most of the people keep a copy but, what does that copy makes? Preserve: prevent your story will disappear and, even if it is not broadcasted again in any sort of media, it keeps being a lesson to learn; just like a book. It is exactly the same but with more difficult conservation if you film in reel than in a paper. For this reason, it is important that you care about this day, that you contribute to organisations like AFI which have for mission to make that work for you but, above all, that you do not only support your videos if not, also, the work from others.

Personally, there is a good real story to exemplify this. It is going to sound tale like but it is not a tale at all. Some time ago there was an acclaimed filmmaker called George Mèlies. That film director, produced and made all his films despite on those early cinema times there was not any sort of complicated camera techniques. It was a basic theatre filmed with tons of visual effects which were made with mirrors, playing with the lenses and with classic live practical effects and sets. On his times, his fiction films were a revolution, to the point he shared fantastic stories when all which was exhibited was the real life filmed; that, gave to him a considerable revenue and reputation. Until, for some reason, the audience started to be tired of those sort of stories. He lost the audience but he also became poor and miserable. And with that, it means wrecked and homeless. He even had to sell the cans when he kept his films to can eat and, at the end, he did not had anything. Not a roof, not a meal and not no one whom could keep his audiovisual heritage to leave others will enjoy it. However, one day, someone would brought to him a surprise years before his death. Someone, had been buying all those original film cans whom he had to sell. Then, that person gave it back to Mèlies. Whom sadly died some years after but more in peace because he knew his work could be recovered and preserved for to let others enjoy it.

If you think about it, everybody could find oneself on the same situation than Mèlies. One never knows. However, in our days there are so many different solutions to contribute and preserve our work.