We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Coyle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicholas, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
There is enchantment in the flicker of cinema. Light striking emulsion 24 times every second, then revealed with dyes and chemicals, and finally assembled into a shadow play of color and tone, has the power to extract even the most hidden of emotions and ensconce the viewer in thoughtful reflection. The first time I created new images through the analog process I knew I wanted to follow it as a creative career. Now, through the process of making experimental films, preserving films for archives, and helping filmmakers with the laboratory process, I have been able to fully realize my passion for cinema

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a film preservationist, digital restoration artist, photochemical engineer, colorist, and an expert in film scanning and motion picture workflows

I worked for years at a motion picture film lab, Cinemalab Preservation Inc., which was the lab that preserved The Brakhage Collection. At Cinemalab I worked as the primary lab tech, printing and processing millions of feet of film for both production and preservation, and helped to build the digital restoration department, where I created the lab’s dye-fade correction processes, automatic dust and scratch removal using the Digital Vision toolset, and designed the digital workflows to handle larger restoration jobs. The lab closed its photochemical services in 2016 due to rising costs of facilities

After the lab closed, I opened my own business to offer high end film scanning, restoration, and media transfer. With this I have continued Cinemalab’s work by handling many of our previous clients and utilizing many of the machines and procedures that the lab used. The studio uses a high end production and archival level machine, the Lasergraphics Scanstation 6.5K HDR film scanner, which can handle any 8, 16, and 35 format for filmmakers, archives, and museums

I am currently undergoing expansion that will allow me to offer motion picture chemical processing once more. Because of this I will be only 1 of 8 services in the US doing this in-house for 16mm and 35mm formats, and only 1 of 4 services in the US for the Super8 format

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My go-to spots are the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo (because I love science and nature), walking downtown Littleton, or through one of our green-belts. My favorite spots for food are Haveli Indian Cuisine and Maria Empenada. Hanging out for coffee and games usually takes place at Enchanted Grounds in Littleton

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Don Yannacito

Website: www.nicholascoyle.com

Instagram: @preservefilm

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-coyle-film/

Twitter: @preservefilm

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NickCoyle

Image Credits
Andrea Coyle

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