Babe Ruth, Bill Carrigan, Jack Barry, & Vean Gregg, Boston AL. (1915). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Film Scanning Operator


Film Scanning Operator (full-time)


Kent, WA United States

Application Date

June 24, 2022

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SALARY:  $35-40/hr depending on experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare 16mm and 35mm film for scanning (including using an ultrasonic film cleaner
  • Film asset migration (digitization), remediation, and reformat in the digital studio space
  • Research – format and metadata identification/verification
  • Project management, work logs, asset tracking, chain of custody, archival engineer reports for all asset production work
  • Project Sales and Business Development support as subject matter expert (SME)
  • Troubleshoot, calibrate, and general maintenance/upkeep of existing equipment (software and hardware) (list equipment?)

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

  • Minimum 5 years direct industry experience required.  Job requires a broad and comprehensive understanding of current and obsolete motion picture formats and recording/playback processes.
  • This position leverages prior experience functioning in a studio environment and integrating technical expertise to optimize archival migration process workflows.  Strong team and interpersonal skills are required in addition to technical and business expertise.
  • Familiarity with all historic analog and digital film media formats including, but not limited to: 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, film formats
  • As necessary, extensive film preparation is required for all elements, including perforation repair, new head and tail leader, film assembly, coring, cleaning (hand and ultrasonic), and removal of dried-out splices and new splice replacement.
  • Working knowledge of multiple Digital Workstation (DW) platforms (MAC/PC): Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, QuickTime, Black Magic, iMovie
  • Familiarity with digital media archive organization, inventory and tracking
  • Archival and Work Logs – detailed asset tracking of all production work and metadata
  • Familiarity with secure electronic and physical file delivery
  • Understanding of film stock and formulas (acetate, estar base, nitrate, print, negative)
  • Remediation and stabilization of film media.  Able to identify deterioration and recommend/execute  remediation for safe playback/capture
  • Set-up and configuration of film scanning equipment
  • Attention to detail/quality control procedures
  • Excellent communication skills: written and verbal
  • Self-motivation and effective time management: planning, organization and prioritization for the successful and timely completion of projects
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • demonstrable ability to learn new technologies
  • Ability to constructively collaborate in a results-oriented team
  • Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs