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Special issue of the Journal of British Cinema and Television edited by the Projection Project published

Published 05/02/2018

The Projection Project at Flatpack Film Festival 2017 - 'Is That A Woman In The Box?' on Apr 9

Published 01/03/2017

Published 03/10/2016

Inside the projection box, plus screening of Cinema Paradiso

Published 07/05/2016

Lifting the veil on cinema’s secrets

Warwick Arts Centre Cinema

Saturday 7 May, 11am-3pm

Tickets £12 (£9)

Book at: http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2016/film-talk-inside-the-projection-box-lifting-the-veil-on-cinemas-secrets/

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.



Secrets of the projection box

Published 24/03/2016

Gas Hall: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 
Sunday 24 April, 3.45pm 
A free event suitable for all ages

Weblink: http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/event/secrets-of-the-projection-box/

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.



Richard Nicholson: The Projectionists

Part of the Flatpack Film Festival

Gas Hall: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

From Wednesday 20 April at 11am to Sunday 24 April at 5pm

A free event suitable for all ages

Weblink: http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/event/secrets-of-the-projection-box/

Photographer Richard Nicholson has been travelling the country, gaining privileged access to a realm where most cinema-goers never venture; the projection box.  As film has made way for digital, both the job and the work-place have changed fundamentally, and Richard’s beautifully detailed images capture this pivotal moment.

This exhibition is part of our Projection Project, exploring the changing role of the projectionist over the past century. Some of the fruits of this work will be on show as part of the Celluloid City day, including Richard himself in conversation.

Gas Hall opening times: Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday 10.30am – 5pm

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Michael Pigott published 'Trapped in the Image: An Interview with Gerard Byrne' in Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli: Film Inside an Image (Coventry: Mead Gallery, 2016).

Michael Pigott and Richard Wallace presented a paper entitled ‘The Virtual Projection Box: Cinema History and Digital Space’ at Hands on History: Exploring New Methodologies for Media History Research, Geological Society, 8-10 February 2016.

Jon Burrows and Michael Pigott presented some of their research during a Projection Project panel as part of the Celluloid City Weekend at mac Birmingham, on Saturday November 21st, 2015. The panel was chaired by Claire Jesson.

Claire Jesson introduced a screening of Wim Wenders' Kings of the Road (1976) at mac Birmingham as part of the Celluloid City Weekend, Sunday November 22nd, 2015.

Richard Wallace presented a paper entitled ‘“Oh it’s good. The only trouble is it puts us out of business”: the experience of the introduction of digital cinema projection’ at Oral Histories of Science, Technology and Medicine, Oral History Society Annual Conference 2015, Royal Holloway, University of London, 10-11 July 2015.

Charlotte Brunsdon and Richard Wallace presented a paper entitled ‘The end of cinema? The view from the projection box’ at What is Cinema History? A HoMER Conference, University of Glasgow, 22-24 June 2015.

Richard Wallace was an invited speaker for the Oral History Network, University of Warwick, 25 March 2015. He gave a paper entitled ‘Starting an Oral History Project: The Projection Project’.

Charlotte Brunsdon gave an invited plenary presentation: 'A cultural study of projection' at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies 15th anniversary symposium, University of Sunderland, 8 May 2015