1. a photofilm by Nicci Peet Photography

    Next time you go to the cinema I advise you to take a moment to look over your shoulder at that little window at the back of the auditorium. Take a close look and if you see a person in that little room remember that image as they may not be there for much longer. The digital revolution has taken its hold behind the scenes of cinema. Large chains are slowly replacing their 35mm film projectors, which have been in use since 1892, with more cost effective digital projectors. This in turn is causing the mass redundancy of projectionists as we know them. As of May 1st Cineworld Cinemas are rolling out their digital revolution and by the end of the year all their 35mm projectors will be replaced and their projectionists will be gone. But is this digital revolution all its cracked up to be?

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  2. “From when I was very young… my parents bought me a toy projector, you know, and you turned the handle on it and put a picture on the screen and it always got me interested in it. So I said to my mother, is this like somebody’s job?”
    Phil Henshal works at The Cornerhouse Cinema as a film projectionist, a job that was once of most significant importance in the cinema but is now being pushed to the fringes of redundancy by the developments in digital film projection. Phil is clearly passionate about his work. He is mild mannered and polite, however, his inoffensive demeanour cannot hide his concern for the ageing practise of manual film projection.

    A film by
    Pauline Dabrowski
    Shane Fennelly &
    Esther Maagdenberg


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  3. Experimental animation by Ülo Pikkov.
    Estonia / 6 min

    In modern times, audiovisual culture spreads and develops more than ever, but the classical film print as a material is forced to back down in the face of digital solutions. Film stock, which was once synonymous with film, is destined to disappear. It is thought that when a person dies, his whole life runs before his eyes. But what would a century-old filmstrip see before it finally looses its standing to digital media? Is it cut- off film frames, a filmstrip scratched to shreds, or something else?

    The experimental animation film THE END is an homage of sorts to film as a material. The name of the film - THE END - is the key to understanding its concept. As a rule, films end with the title frame THE END and then the film is gone... but if digital films really do end with the frame THE END, then films on film prints don’t - after the final frame, the film continues for about 5-6 seconds. This is technical material that isn’t meant for the viewer, but to help the projectionist, and thus it carries different technical markings. THE END presents the viewer with the visual world that exists after the film has officially ended.

    THE END exposes the film print as a material, the nature of the many layers of emulsion and color, possible different framings and the signs of wear that are created by repeated screenings. The base material for THE END is the remains of film prints that have been written off. They come from different cinemas and archives. They are the worn frames from the beginning and the end, which weren’t ever meant for the viewers’ eyes. Unlike modern digital film media, every screening of a classical film print leaves at least some scratch on the material.

    This is a film about time and it’s ephemeral nature.

    © Nukufilm 2013

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  4. As the digital revolution takes hold, Belfast's cinema projectionists are seeing their traditional working methods of film projection pushed out of the way in room for new digital technology.

    This film is a celebration of the craft and the love for the classic method.

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  5. (English follows)


    Suite de Change Over et deuxième film de la trilogie La Mort d'un Cinéma, Filmstripe plonge dans la transformation de la cabine de projection, du passage de la pellicule au numérique, et de ses effets sur la présence du projectionniste. À cheval entre documentaire et fiction, Filmstripe met en scène un projectionniste empêtré dans la pellicule, pris dans le décompte du 35mm à projeter. Un apprenti assiste à la scène, tandis que le projectionniste en état d'urgence, tient un discours teinté de souvenir sur la transformation du cinéma, et de sa propre disparition.

    Film hommage au métier de la projection, et en particulier au Cinéma ONF qui fermera bientôt.

    Un film de John Blouin, Nicolas Bilodeau, Martin Legault, Antoine Touchette, François Boulé, Claudine Thériault, et tous ceux qui aideront, en nous appuyant.

    Production Cabina Obscura et Citoyenne

    Contexte de production:
    Les coupures fédérales dans la culture au printemps 2012 amputaient de 10% le budget global de l'Office national du film du Canada. Suite à ces coupures, l'ONF a, entre autres, pris comme décision de fermer la CinéRobothèque et le Cinéma ONF à Montréal, le 1er Septembre 2012.

    La rapidité avec laquelle nous devons tourner ne nous laisse pas le temps de faire les demandes chez les bailleurs de fonds habituels. Le Cinéma ONF ferme ses portes bientôt; le tournage doit s'effectuer avant sa fermeture.

    À quoi servira votre don?

    Les participants au projet s'impliquent de façon bénévole. Le montant amassé servira majoritairement à payer les frais de déplacements et de régie lors du tournage, mixage sonore et autre frais de post-production.


    Un merci spécial à .tomate d'épingles. qui nous offre des bijoux faits à partir de pellicule pour les donateurs de 75 et 100$. Pour voir leurs superbes bijoux: tomatedepingles.ca


    Short Summary

    A sequel to the film Change Over, release in 2010, second film in the trilogy The Death of Cinema, Filmstripe plunges in the transformation of the projection booth, the transition from film to digital, and its effects on the presence of the projectionist. Caught between documentary and fiction, the film portrays a projectionist entangled in the filmstripe, made in the countdown to project 35mm film. An apprentice attends the scene, while the projectionist, into panic, made a speech tinged with memories of the transformation of cinema and his own disappearance.

    A tribute to the art of projection, and particularly to the NFB Cinema in Montreal that will close soon.

    A film by John Blouin, Nicolas Bilodeau, Martin Legault, Antoine Touchette, François Boulé, Claudine Thériault, and all those who help building it.

    Production Cabina Obscura and Citizen Production


    The federal cuts in the culture amputated in spring 2012 by 10% the overall budget of the National Film Board of Canada. Following these cuts, the NFB, among others, taken as the decision to close and CineRobotheque NFB Cinema in Montreal on September 1st. The speed with which we must turn leaves us no time to make applications in traditional donors. The NFB Cinema closes its doors on September 1, 2012.

    What your donation will be used for?

    Project participants are involved as volunteers. The amount raised will be used mainly to pay expenses for the shooting, sound mixing and other post-production costs.


    A special thanks to .tomate d'épingles. that offers us some jewelry made from filmstripe for the contributors at 75 et 100$. To see their beautiful jewelry: tomatedepingles.ca

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Projectionists and Projection

Peter J. Knight

As cinema moves from film to digital there have been a number of different films made about projectionists and the change over. This channel is an attempt to collect all of those films and stories together in one place. Along the way I have also found

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As cinema moves from film to digital there have been a number of different films made about projectionists and the change over. This channel is an attempt to collect all of those films and stories together in one place. Along the way I have also found some short films which have projectionists as part of the theme or character of the film and these have been added also.

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  • Mark Aaron Sharon

    Neat! I'm glad I'm not the only one excited about projecting film. I can't wait to watch all these. Thanks for adding my little piece I threw together while bored one night at the Legendary Texas Theatre in Dallas. Yes, THAT Texas Theatre!

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