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Maltin speaks 03 Jul 2001 14:09 #1824

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CRITIC ASKS, WHO'S RUNNING THIS SHOW?

Entertainment Tonight film critic Leonard Maltin has taken a critical look at what goes on behind his head at movie theaters, indicating that he frequently has to complain to theater managers about out-of-focus projectors and improperly set sound levels. Writing in the current (August) issue of Playboy, Maltin suggests that theaters often only employ professional projectionists in the evenings. "Management figures that if anyone complains during a sparsely attended matinee, it's cheaper to pay them for their inconvenience with free passes than to hire union men to work all day," he writes. Moreover, he continues, even at night, a single projectionist may be responsible for numerous machines. "Most of the time, there is no human being at the projector." As for Kodak's vaunted Screen Check quality-control program, Maltin concludes, "The last time I saw the promotional trailer for this service at my neighborhood theater, it was projected out of focus. Honest."

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Re: Maltin speaks 03 Jul 2001 14:17 #1825

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I don't know about "union men" but we always have trained professionals on duty. But it is always something when you deal with film and machinery and people. As it would be for digital as well. That's why we have techies working! Last night I saw AI and there was a big hunk of junk stuck in the ap plate that I had to tell the projmeister to clear out. He did it in a second. That's why we ask for complaints and suggests and advice. Do the big guys do this sort of trade off? Hard to believe. I think that it's more that sometimes things happen.

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Re: Maltin speaks 03 Jul 2001 14:33 #1826

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ScreenCheck can't focus the projector if the operator doesn't. We do encourage theatres to send their projectionists for ScreenCheck training, but only a few get sent:
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/motion/screencheck/offer.shtml



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