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Mike Olpin
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JOB TITLE: Full Time Motion Picture Projectionist
REPORTS TO: Executive Director (Supervisor)
House Manager on Duty (During Shifts)
DATE POSTED: November 6, 2011

Send Cover Letter and Resume to:
State Theatre
Attn: Projectionist
PO Box 4064
Traverse City MI 46985
Or email to

I. Position Summary:
The Motion Picture Projectionist is responsible for providing movie patrons with a flawless cinematic experience by effectively managing the operation, maintenance, and modification of all audio / visual equipment used by the State Theatre. Special events such as galas and live music and speaking events occur regularly. Public speaking before audiences is required from time to time.

II. Functions/Responsibilities and Job Activities:
- Operate all film and digital projectors, sound equipment and related equipment.
- Video creation: Prepare and screen all film trailers, custom promotional bumpers, and presentation slides (i.e. “Thank You” slides for each volunteer group working on a given day).
- Revision and print traffic: Accept deliveries, verify film quality and prepare all film prior to the initial screening. Repair film if damaged during screenings.
- Print build-up: Prepare the film platter, thread the film
- Run film: Set controls, focus and frame the film, adjust sound quality and volume upstairs and downstairs after each film start.
- Print teardown: Teardown all film and ensure that all projection copies leave the theater in as good or better condition than they were in when received.
- Print shipping: Responsible for all film and trailer return shipments.

Support as needed when the House Manager requests assistance and time allows:
- Marquee changes.
- Concessions support.
- Box office support.
- Line wrangling.
- Other operational support as needed.

Job Activities
- Control Machines and Processes – Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including vehicles). Moving from one machine to another quickly and adjusting precise controls at each location within seconds.
- Handle and Move Objects – Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating related items.
- Monitor Processes, Material or Surroundings – Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events or the environment to detect or assess problems.
- Obtain Information – Observe, receive and otherwise obtain information from all relevant sources related to projection activities.
- Inspect Equipment, Structure or Material – Inspect equipment, structures or materials to identify the cause of errors, problems or defects.

III. Physical Requirements
- While performing the duties of a projectionist the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; climb stairs or ladders; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; ability to move quickly and adjust controls precisely; ability to talk or hear.
- The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds, including while climbing the stairs to the projection booth.
- Vision requirements are critical to the position and include close and distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The projectionist must have the ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Acute ability to ensure that an image is in focus is crucial.
- The projectionist must be able to discriminate visual colors (the ability to match or detect diffenences between colors, including shades of color and brightness).
- Hearing requirements are critical to the position. The projectionist must have the ability to detect or tell the difference between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The projectionist must be able to identify the location of any sound or speaker issue in the case of error or problem.

IV. Skills/Certifications
- Control Precision – The ability to quickly and repeatly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness – The ability to keep the hand and arm steady while moving the arm or while holding the arm and hand in one position.
- Mobility and Balance – The ability to move quickly from point A to point B to adjust precise controls on complicated and potentially dangerous machinery located several feet apart in the projection booth.
- Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. The ability to initiate troubleshooting steps to work towards a resolution is critical.
- Electronic Communication – The ability to communicate quickly, clearly and effectively via email with theater management and vendors regarding programs. events and booth maintenance.
- Volunteer Communication – The ability to work and communicate well with the volunteers who staff the theater.
- Film and Sound Editing – Basic understanding of and experience with film and sound editing is important to the position.

IV. Education Required
- A minimum of two years experience as a Projectionist.
- Computer and software skills on both PC and MAC operating systems.

V. Other Comments
It is essential that State Theatre policies and procedures are observed. These policies are laid out in the State Theatre Employee Handbook.

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required and the responsibilities of the position may change.


Equipment List (not a complete list, experience with this equipment is not required, but candidates may find it helpful to be familiar with them): Kinoton 35mm projector heads and lamphouse consoles, Barco DP100 projector, Christie AW-3 platter, Dolby DSS/DSP 100, Dolby CP650, Dolby DMA-8+, Barco ACS-2048 scaler, J-series HDCAM and DigiBeta, QSC amplifiers and speakers.

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