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The Mask (1994) 35mm preservation opportunity

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Update 6/28: Print has been purchased for $510.28 AU ($159.28 for print, $351 for shipping) and will get sent straight to the scanner. Once the scanner recieves it and we have an estimate for total price of this project, I will update the post again, but it looks like it should be fully funded or close, we might even be able to buy a hard drive for the scan if everyone is okay with that.

So, we did an estimate calculation on total cost of based on the scanner’s pricing, and it seems like it’s over-funded, so thanks everyone that pledged! Here’s the breakdown in USD:

$349 (PRINT+SHIPPING) - Paid 6/28
$201 (SCANNING)
$200 (SHIPPING BACK?)
$100 (HARD DRIVE)

$850 (TOTAL) which is 75% of the pledges we have so far.

Since this will be a donors-only release, I’m going to keep pledges open until the scanner recieves the print, then I will start collecting the donations at 75% of what was pledged (or less if we get more pledges).

I’ll start with small donations ($25 and under)… If small donors want to donate the full amount pledged, that would be appreciated and will be subtracted proportionally from the bigger donors’ pledges, but there will be no obligation to donate more than the percentage it ends up being for any donor! Does that seem fair to everyone?


Hi Everyone,

There’s an opportunity to buy and scan and preserve a beautiful open matte 35mm copy of The Mask - one of my favorites growing up! I decided to open this up to donors with some encouragement from TomArrow 😃

I’ll take pledges now and collect the money when once we figure out how much the project will cost total. The print is on auction on eBay so final cost is unclear. But I should be able to win it and have it shipped straight to the scanner.

Current pledges $1150/850:

Me - 350 USD
Tom Arrow - 200 EUR
Other - 100 USD
FilmD00d - 10 USD
Soupdrinker0 - 30 USD
SpookyDollhouse - 15 USD
sebkarlbjork - 15 USD
3Maters - 10 USD
Jerclayv2 - 5 USD
TServo2049 - 245+ USD
ZachR - 10 USD
Avatar_Emil_Borg - 10 USD
SpacemanDoug - 15 USD
Jonno - 10 USD
FunkySi - 10 USD
Crissrudd4554 - 15 USD
Freedomland - 15 USD
Anonymous - 25 USD
Parzival91 - 15 USD
kchrules - 20 USD

Also - how does everyone here feel about donating using crypto, like Bitcoin or Ethereum? I’m not a huge fan of PayPal, but I’ll use it if necessary.

This is my first project here, and I’m excited to see this print preserved!

Adding some images from the print so you can see how good this looks:

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I loved this one as a kid as well and haven’t seen it in ages!

TomArrow told me about this opportunity and I’d love to pledge my ticket of admission: $10

It’s not much, but times are a bit uncertain on my end. I can also potentially do crypto if you prefer (BTC or ETH), though not sure if it’s best with that small of an amount. Up to you!

Collector of digitally preserved 35mm feature film prints

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Thanks FilmD00d! Every bit helps 😃

I’ll see when it comes time to collect the pledges what makes most sense but crypto seems like the easiest to me.

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This is cool, I love this film. Unfortunately my money has to go to essentials and I can’t donate, very excited for it nonetheless. 😃

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I’d like to put $15 towards this! Absolutely elated at the thought of watching a print!

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SpookyDollhouse said:

I’d like to put $15 towards this! Absolutely elated at the thought of watching a print!

Thank you! Yes - I can’t wait to watch it 😃

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If you still take PayPal, I’ll donate 5$.

People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians, and if the laws of the United States continue to condone this behavior, history will surely classify us as a barbaric society.

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I’ll pledge an open-ended amount, whatever we need to win this, but let’s just say $245 to get us up to $1000.

I’ve had no luck setting up crypto in the past, so I’ll unfortunately have to use PayPal.

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If you’re good with Paypal, I can do $10.

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Wow thanks everyone! I feel like we’ll get this for sure now.

Updated the Pledges… And yes, I’ll still take paypal - was just floating the idea around of using something different.

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craigbillet said:

Wow thanks everyone! I feel like we’ll get this for sure now.

Updated the Pledges… And yes, I’ll still take paypal - was just floating the idea around of using something different.

This is so cool, I can’t wait for this, although sadly I cannot donate. I hope I can count on a copy.

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Thanks everyone who pledged so far!

Some slightly bad news… It was brought to our attention that there is a magenta spot burned into some of the scenes on this print. It’s visible in some of the images in the main post.

Just wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention in case you want to withdraw your pledge, I’d understand. But I’m still going to try to win this and get it scanned. I think the spot can be made less severe in post.

Bidding ends tomorrow morning and I’ll update the post with the final price.

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craigbillet said:

Thanks everyone who pledged so far!

Some slightly bad news… It was brought to our attention that there is a magenta spot burned into some of the scenes on this print. It’s visible in some of the images in the main post.

Just wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention in case you want to withdraw your pledge, I’d understand. But I’m still going to try to win this and get it scanned. I think the spot can be made less severe in post.

Bidding ends tomorrow morning and I’ll update the post with the final price.

Come on we can do it!

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Thank you Jonno and FunkySi! Added your pledges to main post.


Update: Print has been purchased for $510.28 AU ($159.28 for print, $351 for shipping) and will get sent straight to the scanner. Once the scanner recieves it and we have an estimate for total price of this project, I will update the post again, but it looks like it should be fully funded or close, we might even be able to buy a hard drive for the scan if everyone is okay with that.

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Thank you crissrudd4554!

So, we did an estimate calculation on total cost of based on the scanner’s pricing, and it seems like it’s over-funded, so thanks everyone that pledged! Here’s the breakdown in USD:

$349 (PRINT+SHIPPING) - Paid 6/28
$201 (SCANNING)
$200 (SHIPPING BACK?)
$100 (HARD DRIVE)

$850 (TOTAL) which is 79% of the pledges we have so far.

Since this will be a donors-only release, I’m going to keep pledges open until the scanner recieves the print, then I will start collecting the donations at 79% of what was pledged (or less if we get more pledges).

I’ll start with small donations ($25 and under)… If small donors want to donate the full amount pledged, that would be appreciated and will be subtracted proportionally from the bigger donors’ pledges, but there will be no obligation to donate more than the percentage it ends up being for any donor! Does that seem fair to everyone?