Checking joins and making-up prints (Phil Fawke)

Phil Fawke interviewed by Richard Wallace

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of repairing film damage.

Rewinding the film you had grooves in your fingers winding the film. You know, it did really hurt you ‘cause you used to have to hold the film to check it all when you were making it up to make sure that the joints were all… And you didn’t have a machine to make a joint on, you used to have to scrape it with a razor blade either side and stick it down yourself. Yeah, all cement joints, yeah. They were all cement joins then. And you, if, you, you use to have to check them all, which, sometimes you didn’t check them because there was too many of them. You didn’t have time to check them. I mean, I’ve known a film come late and you’re making it up as you’re showing it. So you can't… Hadn’t much time to check it. You’re showing it on one and you’re making the next one up to put on, and then making the next up ‘cause the film’s arrived late.

Title

Checking joins and making-up prints (Phil Fawke)

Subject

making-up prints
checking

Description

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes the process of repairing film damage.

Creator

The Projection Project

Source

Interview with Phil Fawke

Publisher

The University of Warwick

Date

09/12/2015

Contributor

Richard Wallace
Phil Fawke

Relation

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/24797
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/48440
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/5886
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/24157

Format

.mp3

Language

English

Type

Sound recording
interview extract

Coverage

1940-2006

Interviewer

Richard Wallace

Interviewee

Phil Fawke

Date of Interview

04/12/2014

Location

Birmingham

Transcription

Rewinding the film you had grooves in your fingers winding the film. You know, it did really hurt you ‘cause you used to have to hold the film to check it all when you were making it up to make sure that the joints were all… And you didn’t have a machine to make a joint on, you used to have to scrape it with a razor blade either side and stick it down yourself. Yeah, all cement joints, yeah. They were all cement joins then. And you, if, you, you use to have to check them all, which, sometimes you didn’t check them because there was too many of them. You didn’t have time to check them. I mean, I’ve known a film come late and you’re making it up as you’re showing it. So you can't… Hadn’t much time to check it. You’re showing it on one and you’re making the next one up to put on, and then making the next up ‘cause the film’s arrived late.

Original Format

One-to-one interview

Duration

00:01:00

Bit Rate/Frequency

320kbps

Cinema

Regal/Vue, Portland Place, Leamington Spa
Regal, 511 Foleshill Road, Coventry
King's Norton Cinema, The Green, King's Norton, Birmingham
mac (Midlands Arts Centre), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Citation

The Projection Project, “Checking joins and making-up prints (Phil Fawke),” Projection Project, accessed December 9, 2019, https://projectionproject.warwick.ac.uk/items/show/421.

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