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I FEEL OLD BUT I AM NOT........... 01 Oct 2011 05:41 #37140

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I am now 46 years old in a biz that I started in at 15
Thats 31 years ---- I feel old
but I am not--- I started at the end of the single screen and union projectionist on Long Island- It does amaze me I am still around 31 years later--thats crazy--- I do feel I am in touch with the biz as I was back then
But what age do you become a dinosaur ? I think I am better now then ever before---- Respect from were we came from and aggressive were we are going........ Can we all change with the times or our we going to be left behind?

I THINK WE ALL NEED TO THINK ABOUT THIS !
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Re: I FEEL OLD BUT I AM NOT........... 01 Oct 2011 16:14 #37142

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Well Slap, I started ten years before the first incarnation of 3D (seven years before CinemaScope and stereo sound) and have experienced every change since then. Yes it's been three years since I've been active in the business but I can't help but wonder if some of the changes have really been good for the business. Today there seems to be more emphases on the technology than on the quality of product being shown with that technology. Multiplexes are less personable than were the old single screeners (whatever happened to ushers who actually showed people to seats?). Whatever happened to the "showmanship" part of movie presentations? No curtains to open dramatically as the lights faded and trademark hit the screen. Just this big white mass stuck on the front of a bland auditorium showing commercials interrupted by a film. Multiplexes that are reminiscent of modern milking barns as herds of people are funneled into stalls to watch screen performances that are more times than not suffering from non-attention by whoever is supposed to be operating the equipment (whatever happened to trained projectionists?). You're not old slap and you still have a chance to save the industry at least in your part of the world.
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Re: I FEEL OLD BUT I AM NOT........... 01 Oct 2011 17:34 #37144

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I can't shake the feeling that I am the newbie in the room. I've been at this for eight years now but I feel like everything is new all of the time. It makes it exciting for sure but frightening at the same time. It seems like technology is moving faster and faster and the companies in this business are bigger and bigger and care about us little guys less and less all of the time. :unsure:
"What a crazy business"
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Re: I FEEL OLD BUT I AM NOT........... 02 Oct 2011 13:16 #37145

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Oh Slapintheface... we all face the mid life conversion questions. Myself included. It's natural and inevitable. and for a 48 year old, Slap , you are totally on top of the business.

Take care and hope to see you soon:

Your friend, MiraclePix
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Re: I FEEL OLD BUT I AM NOT........... 02 Oct 2011 15:25 #37147

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46 --- thanks--lol
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Re: I FEEL OLD BUT I AM NOT........... 03 Oct 2011 13:29 #37150

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well ... we are old... and getting older.... my first computer I got in 1985 and it had to be set up by my 13 year old office assistant. There is no doubt that kids grow up more tech savvy than those of us who were a little old in the tooth as the changes really started to come in waves. Here is a great viral you tube video made as some older folks try to figure out their webcam .

A friend was just visited by some young men who are specialists in the US ARMY and the boat motor failed as they were out fishing and these guys had it torn apart, rewired, electronics bypassed, etc. etc. in minutes: they not only know their stuff: they are immersed in it. The older folks among us, my wife for instance who refuses to use email, do make the conscious decision to stay behind? They opt out. In a way it's like a game: are you in or are you out? For me personally i have tried to keep up but for God's sake you really can't keep up with everything. The question is not "do you know everything?" but "do you know enough to hire people who know how to do what's necessary?" I will never know how to program my dvd / cable box/ I am resigned to that but I have adjusted and accommodated myself to it. But in the theatres, I have a couple of freaking geniuses, and one who runs all the AV and tech at a small college is completely ready to take us to the next phase. So: yes... we are old,,,, some of us... and at 60 I will say... I am old. But that does not mean you are left behind. When you can't keep up you fall behind. That will happen to us all. But knowing when you have reached the right time to get off the bus is critical. The theatre business was amazingly static for many years. Stadium seating, how "physical" can you get?, wasn't mysterious. But wrapping your old head around new technology can be really challenging. How do you know you might be too old for the movie business? If answering machines scare you then you may be too old. :)
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Re: I FEEL OLD BUT I AM NOT........... 03 Oct 2011 16:33 #37152

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You're right Mike. I will be 80 next April. For those of us who are older but love this business and want to remain active in it we must hire those who are technically savvy. That is the secret to being a good manager isn't it - knowing enough to hire those who can do the job?
Bob Allen
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