Below there are three manuals available, both of which are available in either html or pdf formats. The manuals were written by me while I was at Loughborough University. The projectionist’s manual has been shown to a number of people in the industry, including projectionists who have thought that it was very good. While the manuals are specific to the student cinema at Loughborough (Flix – Loughborough Student Cinema) many of the preciples and concepts explained can be used in a wider context.
To view a manual click on the relievant format:
- The projectionist’s manual (pdf) (html) (plain version)(zip)
- The Splicing Manual (pdf) (checklist.pdf)
- The Sound System (pdf)
Both the Film Tech and Film Center websites provide a large number of technical manuals. The Film Center provide a large number which are also available to buy on CDROM. If you want details of a specific projector then these are the two sites to have a look at.
Projectionist Manual Links
Below are a number of links I have found relating to Projectionist Manuals, as I have surfed the Internet. If you have a projectinoist manual you would like included then just email me
Facts About Projection (Third edition) – This is a fantastic little training video about projection from 1975, but is still relevant today and nicely explains how projectors work. The only down side is that it mainly focuses on 16mm film.
Film Center – this is a great site, containing lots and lots of information. Everything from manuals, to charts, parts, screens, film collecting and more. Worth looking at.
Film-Tech – considered to be one of the best technical websites on the net, it provides discussions forums and a huge number of manuals, available to download.
Jessops instruction manual site – This site has 1000’s of manuals available to download, some relating to cameras, some to cine cameras and some for projectors.
KiwiCareers – Cinema Projectionist – career information provided by Kiwi Careers service, and provides lots of detailed information about the role
LnL Website – Provides some good basic information about being a projectionist
Problems of a Projectionist – Lewis M. Townsend, Projection Engineer, Eastman Theatre and Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester talks about some of the problems that a projectionist may experience.
Projection Training – The purpose of this site is to provide a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to find out about a career in cinema projection, information relating to the operation and maintenance of projection equipment and training available for both new and experienced projectionists.
Projectionist Certificate – details of the BKSTS/CEA Projectionist Certificate
Projectionist Manual compiled and edited by Steve Mahofski – Steve Mahofski compiled this manaual working as a manager projectionist in Pittsburgh
Projectionists Guide – written for York Student Cinema at the University og York.
Projectionists Guide – this is the guide for the York Student Cinema, at the University of York
Sound Recording and Reproduction (Sound on Film) (Video) (External) – Explains the mysteries of sound recording on film. 1943
The 16mm Motion Picture Projector: Operating Techniques (Video) – Training film for military projectionists from 1961.
The Advanced Projection Manual – The Advanced Projection Manual is designed to provide cinema engineers and projectionists with the necessary technical know-how and hands-on advice so that classic films can be presented the way they were intended to be presented, without compromises with regard to image or sound. Among the core topics are film and sound formats, 70mm film projection and 3-D film projection. The book also includes an introduction to electronic and digital projection technologies.
The Projectionists Story – An interview with Robert Simms by Stephen Nuttall
The RCA 16mm Sound Projector (Video) (External) – Invisible white-gloved hands demonstrate the operation of the RCA 16mm sound projector, ca 1958.
Threading the 16mm Projector ca 1950s – How-to film produced to ensure quality shows and prevent destruction of films. (Video) (External)
Tony Whitmore Projectionist Manual – A very informative article in PDF
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