Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Entertainment

October 28, 2009 ·

GroverCrisp_webGrover Crisp currently manages all facets of the restoration, preservation and mastering program for the Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures feature film and television libraries for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  He has worked in the motion picture and television industry for over 25 years, and since 1984 for the Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment studios.

The scope of work within his department ranges from designing asset protection policies for film and tape, to conversion of the studio’s nitrate-based titles to safety film, to restoration of 1950’s stereo soundtracks, to the application of new digital technologies for film restoration, to the digital mastering of all library titles into High Definition formats.  He has been a proponent of involving the filmmaker in the restoration process, having worked with cinematographers such as Conrad L. Hall, Laszlo Kovacs, Allen Daviau, Steven Poster, John Bailey and Vilmos Zsigmond, and directors such as Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Alan Parker, Terry Gilliam and Dennis Hopper, and special effects legend Ray Harryhausen on his great fantasy films.  Some titles restored include Easy Rider, Funny Girl, In Cold Blood, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show, 1776, Anatomy of a Murder, Suddenly, Last Summer, On the Waterfront, From Here to Eternity, In A Lonely Place, La Verite, Shampoo, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Passenger and Major Dundee. Concurrent with this work is the asset management of all new film and tape assets for current feature films and television programs produced by the studio.

Crisp has presented or coordinated technical seminars and symposia about film preservation and restoration at educational institutions and film conferences in the United States and Europe.  Additionally, he directed the activities of the Sony Pictures Film Preservation Committee, a committee concerned with common issues of film restoration and preservation, and whose members included the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, and the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For many years, Crisp has worked with these five major film archives to jointly supervise the restoration of many Columbia Pictures films, from the silent Frank Capra film, The Matinee Idol, to films such as Born Yesterday, Taxi Driver, All the King’s Men, Oliver! and The Lion in Winter.

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