Endangered large

Digital records of the creative and production process for film and television, such as initial designs, screenplay and script, on set still photography, rushes or out-takes that are not included in the final production and therefore not available to on-air broadcast archives or film libraries

Group: Sound and Vision

Trend: New Entry

Consensus Decision

Added to List: 2017

Last update: 2019

Previous category: Of Concern

Imminence of Action

Action is recommended within three years, detailed assessment within twelve months

Significance of Loss

The loss of tools, data or services within this group would impact on many people and sectors.

Effort to Preserve

It would require a major effort to address losses in this group, possibly requiring the development of new preservation tools or techniques.


TV and Movie production archives in digital form; outputs of script management software; drafts of screenplay; continuity photography; costume design; set design; lighting and sound design.

‘Critically Endangered’ in the Presence of Aggravating Conditions

Lack of custodial responsibility; confusion over intellectual property rights; lack of appraisal; lack of recognition of preservation at executive level;

‘Vulnerable’ in the Presence of Good Practice

Preservation responsibility understood and acted upon; preservation infrastructure and planning for key items; access and use of collections to inform subsequent productions

2019 Review

This entry was first proposed in 2017 and noted as being ‘of concern’, though the Jury did not have the capacity to assess the entry thoroughly. Additional expertise has been recruited to the Jury this year to help with the assessment.

Additional Jury Comments

These materials are not being collected in any coherent way and will be lost as they are not valued by production companies, the space needed to hold them is costly and the expertise needed to catalogue and collect them is lacking. In short, nobody really cares. This is not primarily a technical problem and advocacy is needed urgently.

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