Film Projection Still Alive and Thriving | KQED Arts

Film Projection Still Alive and Thriving | KQED Arts


– In glorious 35mm. – Okay, you ready? You wanna come over here
and look at what’s going on? The thing about this place. They still have
projectionists to do video. In most theaters, hate to say it, but the popcorn person pushes that button. Or somebody downstairs. But here we’re still up here watching, because we still need people to light these projectors because
we still want to run film. – It feels like a performance. There is an audience; they
don’t know that you’re there and they shouldn’t know that you’re there, so it feels like a secret performance. What is that?
– 16 (mm film). -You don’t know 16? -I know 16. Then why do you ask? – What film is it? – Who cares? – Well that’s what I’m asking. – Okay. The Steel Helmet. – I don’t know what that is.
– Yeah, I don’t either. – Portions of film will be
running, and then all of a sudden when it runs to this point
you’ll see it has four dots. That’s when you start your
motor for your second reel. – Our future projectionist! – You’re all so quiet. – I enjoy the tangible
aspect of projecting. Feeling the film
going through your hands and threading it up. You can sort of see the
history in the film, versus digital, it kinda
looks the same every time. It’s a really cool job. – Yeah, it’s a cool job–
– I mean. It seems like. – Get to work with this guy. – I know. For me it’s kind of like
hand blown glass, you know? You can manufacture it, but
hand-blowing it is really cool. – It’s a boutique kind of.
– Exactly. This is a dumb cartoon. – Wow, what is this? It’s not a cartoon, it’s anime. – This is our Mystery Science 3000. – What’s the difference
between anime cartoons? – Um. – Gotcha there. – I love the way you all make new words for something that’s the same as, when you should be– – Okay, it’s a cartoon. – Right. – But it’s a genre of cartoon. – Oh. No! It’s the same!

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