Last month, Eye Filmmuseum welcomed two new trainees to begin a 10-month-long on-the-job training programme in either “Film Restoration” or “Film Collections”. These paid positions are designed to educate and prepare new experts in their given fields of specialization, and to prepare them to be the excellent candidates for new positions in this competitive labour market.
The programme begins with several weeks of introduction to the different departments within Eye. After that, the trainees split into their designated tracts. These tracts are tailed to some extent to the interests of the trainee (i.e. a focus on digital restoration or collection management, for example). After several weeks of training and development, the trainee then chooses a project to focus their attention on. At the end of the project, the trainee presents their work to their colleagues at Eye.
Martine Bouw, focusing on Film Collections, holds a bachelor’s degree in Language and Literature (English & Theatre, Film and Languages Literary Studies) and two masters: MA Theatre and Film Studies and MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the University of Amsterdam. She has volunteered, worked as an intern and as an employee in a number of media institutions in Belgium and the Netherlands, acquiring a broad range of skills that include digital ingest, book registration, distribution and festival programming, to name a few.
Carolina Battaglini is Eye’s new Film Restoration trainee. She studied Cinematography at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (I.N.C.A.A ENERC) in Argentina. She then went on to study Film Preservation at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola in Spain where she learned skills such as cataloguing; film identification, restoration and software programmes such as MediaInfo, Cine2Digits and Diamant. She also has experience in digitizing magnetic formats: DV, miniDV, Umatic, VHS; and film formats: 8mm, 16mm.
This programme is sponsored by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and the Hendrik Muller Fund. Applications for the next cycle will be opened again shortly, so please check Eye’s website for updates.