Restoration Credits

Team | Consultants | Labs


Russ Suniewick

President, Colorlab Corp.

Irwin Young

President, DuArt Film & Video

Jane Tolmachyov

DuArt Colorist

David Gauff

DuArt Senior Editor

Stan Sztaba

Negative Cutter

Jerome Henry Rudes

LVT Laser Subtitling - New York


Stan Sztaba

Negative Cutter

Match Cut Film Service
245 W. 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
212 265 4587

Negative Cutting (also known as Negative Matching and Negative Conforming) is the process of cutting motion picture negative to match precisely the final edit as specified by the film editor. Original camera negative (OCN) is cut and joined using a film splicer and film cement. Negative cutting is part of the post-production process and occurs after editing, and prior to striking internegatives and release prints. The process of negative cutting has changed little since the beginning of cinema in the early twentieth century.

When Schulberg and Waletzky restored Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today in 2009, the original 1948 picture was left uncut.  Negative Cutter Stan Sztaba was engaged only to cut off the original Zeit im Film distribution bumper at the head of the film, and also to join the new restoration film credits to the beginning and end of the film. 

Stan Sztaba is one of the most notable men in his field. In the early 1980s computer software was first used to aid the cutting process, and a number of individual proprietary software systems were developed. Stan Sztaba developed a system for World Cinevision Services (New York) in 1983, using Apple II DOS and then PRODOS.  This system is still used today.

Kodak introduced barcode on motion picture negative in the mid 1990s. This enabled negative cutters to more easily track shots and identify film sections based on keykode.

Toward the late 1990s and early 2000s negative cutting changed due to the advent of digital cinema technologies such as digital intermediate (DI), digital projection and high-definition television. Increasingly, feature films are bypassing the negative cutting process altogether and are being scanned directly from the uncut rushes.

[Portions of this description courtesy of Wikipedia:  ]

Stan Sztaba

Stan Sztaba