ALPHA-OMEGA digital is a specialzed digital service provider in professional film restoration.
Our services include inspection, preparation and cleaning of film material, color-timing and image enhancement, digital scanning at various formats as well as recording back to film and archiving your digital film content according to your needs.
We have great experience resulting from years of work with nitrate-based film, torn and broken material, mould and vinegar syndrome damages, even working with film-originals dating back to 1896 - we know that we are skilled to an unusual degree, remastering your production from the film originals to your requested digital format.
Since 1998 we have restored famous silent film classics like Fritz Lang's „Metropolis“ and Ernst Lubitsch's „The Loves of Pharaoh“ but also complete editions of movies from the 1940s to 1980s - timeless classics that deserve to be presented to later generations in their best form and quality. Some of these were reprinted to film, even combined with photochemically printed elements.
It is the most rewarding work to achieve the original image quality and deliver a product to last.
Thomas Bakels: Head of Production
Competences: Software development, Digital calibration, Quality control, Scanning, Grading, Sound, Digitization and digital treatment
| Before founding ALPHA-OMEGA digital, Thomas Bakels had already succeeded in various domains such as sound engineering, video editing and TV postproduction. Since its inception, ALPHA-OMEGA has been committed to high quality film transfers to digital. First in SD, later in HD and 2K to create durable restoration results utilizing the most original source materials available.
Thomas’ first restoration work was carried out in 1999 restoring early nitrate footage for the Federal German Archive. Since then, Thomas has completed a large number of restoration projects both for national and international institutions and film owners. Amongst the most recognized projects are Fritz Lang's Metropolis (2001/2010) and 2K preservations of John Ford's Bucking Broadway, the original negatives of the Skladanowsky Brothers originating from 1896 and Ernst Lubitsch’s Das Weib des Pharao from 1921.
Thomas has initiated several South-East-Asian cultural heritage preservation programs, which led him to consult the Vietnam Film Institute (Hanoi) between 2000 and 2006. There he mentored the acquisition of a 2K scanning and restoration
Marie Eugenie Bendl: Restorer, Operator
Competences: Digital restoration, Sound digitization, Data management, Image processing, Video editing
| Professional Experience:|
01/08 – 07/11: Lecturer/Researcher and stipendiary of the interdisciplinary Media Studies program „History of Media/ Media of History“ at the Bauhaus University (Weimar) and the Friedrich Schiller University (Jena) 08/05 – 12/07: Film curator, Eutopia (Vienna)
07/02 – 06/03: PR and Festival coordination for Amour Fou Filmproduktion (Vienna), Cannes 2003 and Institut Culturel de France (Festival du Film Francophone de Vienne 2003