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A Projectionist Is Born! 11 Aug 2003 07:40 #21684

Hey!

I've known about this for a couple days, but now I've decided to let the cat out of the bag! (poor cat).

My theatre, The Globe, has decided to make me a projectionist.

My training starts on Tuesday, continues on Wednesday and concludes on Friday.

I'M SO EXCITED!



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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 11 Aug 2003 17:01 #21685

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Congratulations Andrew.

Take notes, watch and listen and absorb everything you can and by Friday you will be an operator, but not a projectionist.

On Friday you will hopefully be able to make up and run a show, and know how to splice, frame and all the basics, but it will be months until you are truely a projectionist. I have confidence that with your interest and love for the business you will make a fine one.

Good luck.
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 11 Aug 2003 17:36 #21686

Thank-you very much!

I posted here over Film-Tech as I felt you guys were my teachers and role models over the last 2-3 years.

I look up to Large for his knowledge on everything. If I have a question, he can post a great answer!

I look up to BeckWith1 and BurneyFalls as they are the bigger regulars, who post their ideas and dreams and work towards a goal.

I look up to John Pytlak as he has always provided me with great information on projection, contrast, presentation, etc.

I look up to RoxyVaudeville as you have the expertise from years of experience and are always providing me with real life advice, that I can follow.

I look up to Mike for providing us with this resource, BSB.com!

And most of all, I look up to everyone as you have put up with me over these 2-3 years, provided me with advice and infomration and have gotten me to where I am now!

Thank-you!

Andrew

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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 11 Aug 2003 19:01 #21687

3 days do not make a projectionist
experience is a time aquired item
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 12 Aug 2003 09:37 #21688

Congratulations Andrew! You're on your way!

As others have stated, your initial training is only the beginning of the learning process. Motion picture projection and sound systems are very involved and much more complicated than most people outside the exhibition industry (an even some IN the industry
) realize. The projectionist that endeavors to learn everything they can about their craft, and always seeks to hone their skills, is the true professional.

I saw an interview recently with the drummer for a rock band that has been recording and performing for three decades. During the interview he says that he still teaches students and that he always tells them that they have to keep getting better, because when they stop getting better, they start getting worse.

I think the same philosophy can be applied to motion picture projection and sound. With all the various situations that you will encounter, and the advances in technology, you have to always continue to learn. Have fun doing so!

[This message has been edited by Starlite Cinema (edited August 12, 2003).]
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 12 Aug 2003 09:43 #21689

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Congratulations Andrew!! See, the day has come. A burger man no more!!!
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 12 Aug 2003 10:05 #21690

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Congratulations Andrew. Listen, learn, and always strive for the best. You've come a long way for a young man. Keep up the good work.
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 13 Aug 2003 11:09 #21691

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Congratulations Andrew!

As others have said, you should never stop learning, and trying to improve your skills and the craft of projection. You are the "Invisible Showman" who is the final link in making movie magic.


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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 13 Aug 2003 11:58 #21692

Thanks Everyone!

Its awesome, obviously!

We have Xebex *something* II lamhouses, Vic8s, CineQ and Strong Alpha Platters!

Burger man no more? It's been 58 weeks working there... and I actually just got off work... 7am-11am... It felt longer!

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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 13 Aug 2003 17:17 #21693

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Congrats Andrew,

But, aren't you like 16 years old? Our theatres don't allow minors to run projectors, etc....because of OSHA regulations and our insurance provider. It could come back to haunt the theatre owner, if ya get hurt!
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 21 Aug 2003 12:01 #21694

Hey Andrew - Give use an update. How's the job going. Are you finding any problems with the work?
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 21 Aug 2003 15:40 #21695

Well, I had three training shifts which I enjoyed! Cinema 2, or, The "Rio", is a pain in the butt.. Also, I need to work on speed of threading, and being able to undo brain wraps that happen while threading.

I was also taught after you thread the platter up, you go to the roller above the projector and pull 3 large pulls of film and let it go on the floor. I would like to teach myself Bottom-to-top threading, so I can elimiate film touching the floor, and put on a better presentation throughout my life
!

Well.. If anyone has any qwuestions, go ahead and post them!

Andrew

P.S. I'm back to the candy bar this week, and I also officially gave McDonald's my two weeks, after 59 weeks! Almost officially a burger man no more, even thoguh I basically never made burgers
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 07 Nov 2003 12:09 #21696

What's up with the theatre dude? Haven't gotten any news from you lately. Have become a full fledged projectionist yet?
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Re: A Projectionist Is Born! 07 Nov 2003 12:50 #21697

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I have been wondering about Andrew's progress also. What's up, Andrew?
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