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I received my BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Film and Media Studies where I discovered my passion for audiovisual archiving through an internship at the Pacific Film Archive. Naturally I was led to UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies program where I received my Master of Arts in Moving Image Archiving.


Although I am eager about all aspects of audiovisual archiving and preservation, my current research interests lie in the ethics of digital restoration/preservation practices, bringing greater awareness to the preservation and access of audiovisual works created by racially marginalized communities, and examining the problematic relationship between moving image pornography and archives.


I have worked and interned at various non-profit and commercial institutions throughout the years such as The Pacific Film Archive, USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, UCLA Film & Television Archive, el Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken, the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the Academy Film Archive and Señal 3 La Victoria. I am currently the Archives Coordinator for Nickelodeon Animation.




University of California, Los Angeles    

Master of Arts in Moving Image Archive Studies, graduated June 2016


University of California, Berkeley                                                                

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies, graduated May 2013                




Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Burbank, CA

Archives Coordinator: July 2016 – Present

  • Arranging, describing, inventorying and preserving physical and digital assets collected and donated to the Nickelodeon Animation Studio

  • Assisting with the development of Archive policies and helping establish appropriate preservation standards for handling,  examining, identifying, displaying, and storing all assets in the collection 

  • Processing and cataloging a variety of media such as born-digital assets, film, legacy videotape and audiotape, paper material and props following newly established preservation standards

  • Initiating and assisting with mass digitization projects for 35mm film negatives of classic NickToons for commercial Blu-ray releases

  • Overseeing the arrangement, categorization and inventory of assets in the on-site Archive vault

  • Assessing and updating legacy catalog records to ensure proper metadata has been applied

  • Conducting reference work and processing requests efficiently to provide adequate reference materials to the global Nickelodeon community

  • Troubleshooting and communicating issues that arise for Nickelodeon Animation employees who use proprietary databases and digital asset management systems

  • Collaborating closely with other Nickelodeon departments and external partners to properly prepare, install, and exhibit objects from the collection for internal and external exhibitions

  • Digitizing large volumes of original artwork in the collection in accordance to established imaging standards

  • Overseeing Nickelodeon's Digital Maker Lab by providing maintenance, repairs, tutorials and support for 3D printers and large-format printers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood, CA                                                                       

Academy Film Archive Intern: March 2016 – June 2016 

  • Inventorying and cataloging unedited footage from the 68th, 70th, 71st, 72nd and 88th Academy Awards show.

  • Verifying, revising and updating older catalog records from past Award shows in the Archive’s Adlib database.

  • Performing catalog research for a variety of AMPAS award productions such as the Sci-Tech Awards and Governors Ball.


Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Burbank, CA

Archive & Resource Library Intern: October 2015 – December 2015

  • Assessment and inventory of unprocessed media collections (35mm and video formats)

  • Assisted in all stages of digitization, data entry and quality control of assets

  • Hands-on experience conserving original cels, pencil drawings and background paintings


UCLA Film & Television Archive, Santa Clarita, CA

Collection Services and Archival Traffic Assistant: July 2015 – October 2015

  • In charge of helping supervise the Archive’s move from the UCLA Southern Regional Library Facility to the new facility in Santa Clarita

  • Management and administration of anywhere from 5-7 archival relocation operative to ensure that all of the Archive’s elements are moved to the correct vaults.

  • Meticulous separation of and supervision for archival collections of 16mm, 35mm and magnetic tape elements for careful and detailed transport to new archive locale

Film Archive Intern: March 2015 – June 2015

  • Processed a collection from the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA: Assocation Internationale du Film d’Animation)

  • Experience in inspecting and inventorying 16mm and 35mm films for long-term archival storage.

  • Familiarization with formal MARC cataloging standards and inputting bibliographic metadata into the Archive’s FileMaker Pro inventory database


USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, Los Angeles, CA

Archival Film Apprentice: January 2015 – June 2015

  • Experience in handling super 8, 8mm and 16mm film

  • Experience in inspecting film collections

  • Successfully digitized a large collection of USC football films from the ‘60s (8mm and 16mm)

  • Verified content and status of 16mm outtakes from

  • Prepared digitized material using Adobe Premiere and Audition


Pacific Film Archive Library and Film Study Center, Berkeley, CA

Archival Research Assistant: August 2012 – May 2013

  • Gained knowledge regarding research strategies and film reference resources

  • Helped organize materials for press kits, database of reviews, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents from the PFA Library's clippings files

  • Gained experience in library organization and film bibliography

  • Familiarized myself with is a variety of print and web-based research resources such as catalogs and periodical indices




"A Survey of El Museo del Cine’s Nitrate Collection" Buenos Aires, Argentina June 2015

—Presented at the APEX Colloquium 2015: Archives and Audiovisual Heritage in Latin America



APEX 2016 program, June 2016

Señal 3 La Victoria, Santiago, Chile

  • Inspected and assessed a large videotape collection for Señal 3, the first community-run television station in Chile.

  • Assisted in the creation of a transfer station to digitize at-risk videotapes in the collection (U-matic, Hi8, and MiniDV).

  • Helped organized and conducted a community archiving workshop where individuals from the surrounding neighborhood learned about the importance of archives and how to care for their  own audiovisual media. (Video of the community archiving workshop:


APEX 2015 program, June 2015

Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • International audiovisual preservation exchange with el Museo del Cine

  • Inspected, processed and cataloged a large portion of the museum’s nitrate film collection.

  • Helped create a rudimentary Excel spreadsheet to help the Archive catalog their films.



  • Access to Moving Image Collections (MIAS 250)

  • American Archives & Manuscripts (IS 431)

  • Archaeology of Media (MIAS 220)

  • Archival Administration (MIAS 240)

  • Bibliography & Methods of Research in Film & Television (FTV 200)

  • Community-based Archiving (IS 433)

  • Digital Asset Management (MIAS 298)

  • Media, History and the Archive (FTV 211A)

  • Moving Image Archiving – History, Philosophy and Practice (MIAS 200)

  • Moving Image Cataloging (MIAS 230)

  • Moving Image Preservation and Restoration (MIAS 210)



  • Film handling (35mm, 16mm, 8mm): inspection, cleaning, repair and digitization

  • Archival appraisal

  • 16mm and 8mm projection, digital projection

  • Experience in all stages of digital media production



  • MS Office Suite

  • Outlook Express

  • Microsoft Access

  • FileMaker Pro

  • Voyager

  • Adlib

  • Final Cut Pro 7 and X

  • Adobe After Effects

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Adobe Media Encoder



  • Native proficiency in both spoken and written Spanish

  • Intermediate spoken and written French

©Michael Pazmino 2017