Hi everyone I thought I might explain a bit about what VFA does as people often make mistaken assumptions, or they just don't don't understand how this stuff works. I myself have been involved in one way or another since around 2013 in the private film-transfer stuff... back then there was really nothing of commercial quality available to us (we're talking pricing that's in the cents per frame or roughly $20-30,000 per movie done to the proper standard) but that's changed a lot now thankfully due to advancements in the tech (proper tech is now cheaper, faster, and much better quality). We've been transferring our own stuff since 2015, most with proper professionals that believe in what we're doing and give us scanning time at a steep discount off commercial rates.
There's other "scanning groups" out there doing dodgy things, so don't get the wrong idea. This is film we're talking about - there's literally hundreds of dodgy "companies" out there let alone what people are doing privately. Along with some friends we now decided we wish to create a private invite-only forum to bring in our buddies and whatnot, and we're using Flarum for that on the VFA VPS. I've invited over some professional friends of mine too, and we'll be progressively inviting over good people we know who have a passion for film and are like-minded/believe in what we're doing whatever their background. Obviously with our forum privacy is very important for a great many reasons that are quite varied really.
VFA is also passionate about helping others out where we can. One of my mates even credits me with being the "deciding factor" between him deciding to buy a $150,000 scanner or a $40,000 one! Yes that's crazy, but it's true (I just helped with the information about them - but to an outsider that info's not all that easy to obtain; hard to separate objective facts from opinion).