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Andrew Bangs
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I can only guess how many total I have put together at this point and I am relitivly new. The better question I guess is... How many prints have you had to put together in one day. This last Thursday I had 5 to put together and one to take down for an early pick-up. Starting at aprox. 2pm I went well through to 10:30 having two prints tails up. It was a crazy day!

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Joe Redifer
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Well over a 1000+ print build ups (scattered over multiple days, of course. This is only a rough guess because I really have no idea). I know when I worked at a 16-plex we would average 4 or 5 new prints each week, sometimes more. I did it all in a half an hour and even took a 20 minute break in the middle! [Wink]

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Brad Miller
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9 in and 8 out in one evening shift...by myself while running the booth.

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Fred Tucker
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I built 18 in one night courtesy of horror fest last year. Average for me is 6 to 10, gotta love a 24 plex. But I'm rarely running the booth while I am building up.

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Justin Hamaker
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I think the most I've done in one day is 3. That's one nice thing about working in a 5 or 7 plex. Yesterday I had to build 2 and break down 3.

For the total number, I would have to guess 500+. I've been doing this for 12+ years in theatres that average a little more than 100 prints a year. There have been stretches where I was building maybe 1 in 3 prints and there have been stretches where I was building almost every print.

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Tyler Potts
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First full print was the 1st Fantastic Four flick... then pretty much every Thursday since. I don't even want to know.

This weekend was 6, plus 2 breakdowns.

And our delivery really grinds my gears. Technicolor and deluxe prints both usually stroll in around 4pm. Everywhere else I know of is able to get theirs around 1pm - 2pm.

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Joe Redifer
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I actually enjoy breaking down films. It is very relaxing and extraordinarily quick and easy (especially with clear tape and no ID frames [Razz] ). I don't like breaking down trailer packs, though. I'd rather just throw them away and I try to as much as possible unless we absolutely need a trailer that's on there. I do not like carrying the prints across our unnecessarily long lobby. I always enjoyed working at the United Artists Greenwood Plaza 12 were we could just leave the cans in the booth and the shipper would come up and get them themselves (plus bring them up when they came in). Then again we got about 10 prints a week.

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Monte L Fullmer
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I also had my shares of "megaplex" nights of 7 + in 5+ out for almost the entire summer at my discount 6plex...along with print moves to assigned houses....like Brad does - all by myself and crawl home, hurting and sore close to 3am

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Mike Blakesley
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We've had our platter for almost 28 years, and we play on average around 65 movies a year, plus a few special shows a year (matinees and such) - so I'm probably closing in on 2000 prints by now. I've done all but about 10 of them myself.

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Andres Briano
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A buddy of mine (English/Canadian) and me (Argentine) put together 16 prints in one whole day. This was one day prior to the grand opening of Moscow´s (Russia) very first multiplex.
I remember vividly that because of the numerous spikes in the 220v local line, we were burning rewind bench fuses like crazy. Eventually, at the middle of our day, we ran out of spare fuses. We ended up wrapping them in aluminum foil.
However crazy that day was, I only have fond memories of it.

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Don Anderson
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I'd have to say that I've hit at least 700+ over the past 8 years. I actually enjoyed building/breaking down prints. It helps when the booth is air conditioned too!

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Monte L Fullmer
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I guess I can safely say, since 1976 when I was introduced to the AW2 platter (actually 4 of them), that began the countless numbers of makes and breaks that I've done - and that isn't including the gazillion miles of film that I've ran up to 1984 in changeover houses.

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Bill Enos
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In 22 years, 2676.

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Michael Brown
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In the business part-time for the last 8 years.

As a guess I've built a little over 100 prints.

To change the topic slighty, what was the first print you ever bulit?
Mine was that Jim Carey film 'Me, Myself and Irene'

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Monte L Fullmer
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1976 - ROCKY! ..was the first print I put on an AW2 platter.

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