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Secrets of the projection box
Gas Hall: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Sunday 24 April, 3.45pm
A free event suitable for all ages
Hair in the gate. Cigarette burns. The Maltese Cross. Projectionists inhabit a parallel universe with its own lexicon and rituals. Last year we embarked on the Projection Project exploring different aspects of this world, and at this event we will share some of the stories, sights and sounds we’ve discovered.
Claire Jesson is interested in the projectionist as represented onscreen, and will be showing a selection of clips from different movies. Richard Wallace has travelled the country interviewing a range of film technicians about their work, while Michael Pigott has been capturing the unique auditory environment of the box. Finally, Alexa Raisbeck is a projectionist and artist who will be talking about how her work is informed by analogue film technologies.
Inside the projection box, plus screening of Cinema Paradiso
Lifting the veil on cinema’s secrets
Warwick Arts Centre Cinema
Saturday 7 May, 11am-3pm
Tickets £12 (£9)
The next film talk taking place at Warwick Arts Centre is about one of cinema’s unsung heroes.
The projectionist was the technical wizard who brought the screen to life, making audiences laugh, cry and even scream. An illustrated talk by the Projection Project’s Claire Jesson looks at how the movies imagine this mysterious figure, and Dr Richard Wallace has recorded projectionists’ memories spanning over 50 years of cinema history and the transformation from celluloid to digital exhibition. Includes a screening of Oscar-winning film, Cinema Paradiso, and a chance to glimpse inside Warwick Arts Centre’s own projection box.