Hello and welcome to my website. This site has been in existence in one form or another since 1997 and originally aimed to look at the world of the Projectionist, the Projector and the cinema industry as a whole. Over the years it has grown and expanded but its aim is to provide information about this part of the entertainment industry.
Today as technology and cinema has changed there is additional information on other areas of projection, whether it is in a non-traditional local venue, projection mapping, 360 degree or any other environment where a projected image is used to tell a story.
The site continues to aim to look at everything from the earliest cinema technology through to whatever the future has to hold, and everything in between. By far the largest part of this site is now as a news resource providing curated information on the technical and business side of cinema, but also with longer ‘blog’ articles – if you want to see what the latest article I have written is, then head over to the blog contents page.
For a long introduction to the website, then read the introduction section.
Created on June 16th, 2015. Last updated on June 16th, 2015.
Places are still available for: Presentation Training – Making the best of your image
Date: Tuesday 7th July 2015
Time: 9:15 am Registration
Details: The almost complete conversion of the cinema industry from film to digital means that every auditorium has the technical capability to provide superb pictures and sound for every show. Today’s cinema operators and managers have been trained in the rudiments of digital projection, but we all know that going to the cinema means more than pictures and sound – at its magical best it is a uniquely immersive experience. At a time when large flat screen TVs make it easy for the viewer to stay home and watch a movie in HD quality, the cinema must continue to offer more, something special, the opportunity to see, hear and feel movies just as their directors intended. Cinema presentation is a respected art form, but like all aspects of the industry, in today’s digital era it is evolving fast.
This brand new generic course is aimed at today’s cinema managers and operators, and, in as non-technical a manner as possible, will provide hints and tips on how to make a visit to your cinema something really special, a shared experience worth leaving home for, time and again.
Experts with years of experience in the cinema business will explain exactly how you can ensure that every digital screening is the best that it can be.
Course starts at 10:00am with Registration open from 9:15am, and we expect it to finish by 4:00pm
Fee includes Tea / coffee / snack lunch
You can read a review of the training course which was delivered at the BFI Southbank in July from the current edition of Cinema Technology Magazine and a further review of the Glasgow training course appears in the current edition.
Created on March 1st, 2015. Last updated on June 29th, 2015.
The Projection Project is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which investigates cinematic projection. It documents the projectionist’s role as it passes into history, following the switch of most cinemas to digital projection between 2010 and 2012. It also looks at the contemporary expansion of projected images outside of the cinema.
Running from October 2014 to January 2018, the project will use interviews with projectionists, archive research, feature films and photographs to explore historical projection and the digital transformations of the twenty-first century.
The contemporary transitions in projection are the latest in a series of transformations through which the history of cinema itself can be traced. We will learn from projectionists themselves about what the job entails, and look at trade papers and trade union records to chart significant alterations in exhibition practice, the projectionists’ views of cinema and the aesthetics of the ‘good performance’. This combination of methods will allow us to contribute to the understanding and history of cinema as both industry and artform.
And I am pleased to be part of the Advisory Board for this fantastic project.
For more details and to take part, please visit: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/film/research/current/theprojectionproject/
Created on February 27th, 2015. Last updated on February 27th, 2015.
Launched by the Mad Cornish Projectionist, and taking over from The Projectionist Agency, a new website entitled WE CAN STILL SHOW FILM, was launched in April 2013 which aims to list the people and the venues which are still able to show film, and the film gauges which are supported. While technology has moved on and progressed, there is going to be a need and a desire to run film, especially 16mm and 35mm for years to come and this resource is designed to help accommodate that. The site also aims to link to companies who still provide film related services such as labs and the such. It is a free website to register
Created on January 9th, 2015. Last updated on January 9th, 2015.
To all those who have, or had, some interest in projected moving images, past and present.
Perhaps you’re already connected with today’s cinema, technical or otherwise, but have an interest in vinage equipment, or you have been retired from the business so long, you would wish to revist “the good old days”.
Take hear and consider joining The Projected Picture Trust and help preserve the magic of cinema. Apart from equipment restoration, the Trust provides help and assitance to non-commercial community cinemas and museums exhibiting film related artefacts.
The Museum of Cinema Technology has perhaps, the largest colleciton of all types of film equipment in the UK. The Data Archive within the musuem holds over 3000 items including technical manuals, film related documents, press cuttings etc. Membership of the PPT will give you access to these amenities as well as the collections with the Trust’s regions.
Created on February 19th, 2012. Last updated on February 21st, 2014.
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