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Jason Metcalfe
Expert Film Handler

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From: Austin, TX, U.S.
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 - posted 10-20-2017 09:19 AM      Profile for Jason Metcalfe   Email Jason Metcalfe   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey everyone,
I just wanted to let you all know that we will be holding another Projection Workshop at the end of this month at the Boston Light & Sound facility in Brighton, MA. This event will have a more technical focus than the event last year, with BL&S technicians instructing experienced projectionists in the areas of maintenance, calibration, and upkeep of 35mm projectors. I have the press release copied below, please let me know if you have any questions
Thanks

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The Association of Moving Image Archivists and Boston Light & Sound, in partnership with Martin Scorsese’s non-profit organization The Film Foundation, will host a three-day, intermediate-level film projection workshop offering expert-led training in the proper handling and presentation of 35mm film in theaters. The hands-on, educational event takes place October 30 through November 1 at Boston Light & Sound in Boston.
The Association of Moving Image Archivists and Boston Light & Sound, in partnership with Martin Scorsese’s non-profit organization The Film Foundation, will host a three-day, intermediate-level film projection workshop.Areas of instruction, intended for professional projectionists and other specialists responsible for film prints, include the handling of 35mm reels, working with lending institutions, and the technical skills needed for projection and maintenance. Instructors include experts in archival projection, as well as specialists from Boston Light & Sound and AMIA. Also contributing to the program are WB Distribution, the Coolidge Corner Foundation, and filmmaker Peter Flynn.
Over the past decade more than 90 percent of cinemas have migrated exhibition to solely digital projection, raising concerns that professional expertise in projecting 35mm is rapidly declining. Prints are difficult to obtain and expensive to replace, and require special knowledge and skills to project. Keeping movie projection at a high level of exhibition is important for preserving both access to, and the physical safety of, archival and rare films, which ultimately benefits audiences.
AMIA’s projection workshops are designed to address these challenges, and encourage best practices for film projection through instruction, education, and support, as well as building a collaborative community of film handlers.
“The need for projectionists with the knowledge and experience to appropriately project 35mm prints has only deepened as the commercial market has moved toward digital,” said AMIA president Andrea Kalas. “The education we provide with our outstanding partners will ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy films, whether blockbusters or rarities, in their original format and that film prints will be returned to their archives undamaged.”
Margaret Bodde, executive director of The Film Foundation, added, “There is nothing quite like seeing a film projected on the big screen in its original format. The Film Foundation is committed to ensuring the continued availability of film prints, so it is extremely important that individuals are trained in the proper handling of 35mm archival and restored prints so that film projection does not become a dying art. In the past, projectionists learned from experienced mentors. This workshop provides training and support for this vital community.”
Participants of the Projection Workshop will receive certificates of completion from AMIA. Last year’s event sold out and drew accolades from attendees. In the coming year, AMIA plans to offer additional workshops with related content for both beginner and expert audiences.
“As time goes by, our precious film heritage is becoming more and more fragile, and new prints of older features are becoming more expensive and less available,” said Chapin Cutler, co-founder of Boston Light & Sound. “But archival prints that date back to original release dates continue to be viable and shown to audiences around the world. Proper film projector maintenance, alignment and hygiene is important to protect these precious materials. So, too, is presentation quality. Both go hand in hand. Passing on our understanding of how to maintain the best practices in film projection in is an important mission for Boston Light & Sound. We are proud to support AMIA along with our partners at Alamo Drafthouse by helping to develop and provide these workshops.”
The fee for workshop participants is $350, and attendance is limited to 12 participants. For more information, and to register, visit http://www.projectionworkshop.com/.


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Manny Knowles
"What are these things and WHY are they BLUE???"

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 - posted 10-25-2017 05:07 PM      Profile for Manny Knowles   Email Manny Knowles   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Would be nice to know which projector(s) they will be using.

For example: I'd be more inclined to attend if they were going to provide hands-on with the Kinoton E series projectors.

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Jason Metcalfe
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 - posted 10-26-2017 06:24 PM      Profile for Jason Metcalfe   Email Jason Metcalfe   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
During registration you have the ability to list what equipment you're using or would like training on, we have the ability to customize the course depending on those responses and also are able to have the machines present if there are any specific questions that come up.

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Sean McKinnon
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 - posted 10-28-2017 11:02 PM      Profile for Sean McKinnon   Email Sean McKinnon   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I can confirm that we do have a 38 E set up however the bulk of the presentations are geared towards things that apply to all machines.

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Frank Angel
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 - posted 11-06-2017 04:14 PM      Profile for Frank Angel   Author's Homepage   Email Frank Angel   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Sure which I had seen this post earlier. Sean, any idea when you will be scheduling the next session?

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Sean McKinnon
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We are talking about doing additional workshops here or even taking it on the road as it was very well received and a great success. I will make sure to let you know when we schedule the next one.

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Frank Angel
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Thanks, Sean.

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Donald Brown
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Sean: What type of equipment was used for the seminar?

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Sean McKinnon
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We had Multiple flavor a of Century, Kinoton FP-38 E, Simplex 35, V8, Christie P-35GP, Lamphouses were Christie, Cine, and Strong Super Lume-X. We also had many special displays of antique projectors and one of a kind builds BLSI has done over the years.

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