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The Projectionists Of The Year

Friday 3 January 2014, 13:31

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Projectionists do a vital job and yet they are a disappearing breed. But bucking this trend the team at one of my favourite cinemas have just been recognised for their sterling work.

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    Comment number 1.

    Well done to the greatest projection team in the greatest cinema on planet Earth!!!

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    Comment number 2.

    Support Your Local Gunfighter and Support Your Local Projectionists

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    Comment number 3.

    I really need to post this -

    Firstly, it's great to see a worthwhile and important profession still going on and being supported and awarded. Well Done U (12A, 15 or 18 as well)

    Secondly (and more importantly to me)………For someone who will constantly call out filmmakers , actors and directors for sloppy work i'm going to have to call out Mark on the CONSTANT use of bad camerawork and pretty poor sound that accompanies nearly every Kermode Blog!!

    I know that it's a 'Blog' and that there's probably no budget for lights or expensive cameras but even the simple 'filmic' rules as composition, lighting and in this latest piece 'focus' seems to have gone to the wall.

    Mark, please spare a thought for us lowly camera-people and soundie's who take our work seriously and hate seeing bad work shown…..even if it is a BBC Blog!!

    Must try Harder!!

    All the best & Happy new year

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    Comment number 4.

    It doesn't feel very bright for me. 22 months unemployed. 400+ jobs applied for. 10 years as a projectionist, and now I feel like I'm on the scrapheap of life.

    Screw Vue, the big chains and their autonomisation of Cinema.

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    Comment number 5.

    A while back, i was at the Curzon Soho, where they still employ projectionists, and an hour into the film the hard drive decides to freeze and the projectionist tried repeatedly to restart it, but to no avail. Digital projectors are computers and when they break down projectionist or no projectionist unless you've got an I.T consultant on hand, you're pretty much screwed.


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