Created on December 1st, 2013. Last updated on December 1st, 2013.
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 October 21st, 2013. Last updated on December 4th, 2013.
Places are still available for: Presentation Training – Making the best of your image
Date: Thursday 23rd January 2013
Venue: Cineworld, Bristol
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 September 22nd, 2013. Last updated on December 4th, 2013.
Two documentary filmmakers based in London and Sheffield (one of whom is a projectionist) are currently seeking projectionists to take part in a new film regarding the digital revolution in film exhibition. More of a sensitive character study than an overtly historical film, we’re hoping to meet and spend time with some of the more colourful and eccentric characters from the projection booths around the country. Whether you’re still working, facing redundancy or retired from the job we’d love to hear from you.
A revolution has taken place at the heart of the film exhibition industry, and the fallout has left many a projectionist nostalgic for a heyday when he was applauded and respected as a showman. Digital cinema is here to stay, but the future for the average projectionist is less certain. The projection booth has always attracted a certain kind of eccentricity, but where do these skilled showmen go once the reel runs for the final time?
Created on June 24th, 2012. Last updated on May 17th, 2013.
You may not know, but I am actually the chairman of the Projected Picture Trust, and I urge all projectionists and people who love traditional projectors and engineering to become members.
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 June 30th, 2012.
|1. Frozen||$31.6 M|
|2. Catching Fire||$26.2 M|
|3. Out of the Furnace||$5.2 M|
|4. Thor: The Dark World||$4.8 M|
|5. Delivery Man||$3.7 M|
|Source: Box Office Mojo.|
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