Oral History of Film Projection

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Oral History of Film Projection

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:53 pm

Well, film must be on the way out, because someone wants to do a history of it. Here's a letter I received, feel free to respond directly:

Dear Mike Gebert,

I'm writing to inform you of a collaborative on-line oral history project we hope you will find interesting and assist us in.

Planetary Projection will document, where possible in their own words, the work and experiences of the world’s film projectionists, today an endangered species. Accompanied by photographs of projectionists at work, brief vignettes will present some of their views on cinema and their trade, its past, present and future.

We’re looking for projectionists to contribute to the project. We'd be very grateful for your help if you could put us in touch with the projectionists you work with or you know.

With time, we hope to publish a selection of the on-line vignettes in book form. Please visit our website at http://www.caboosebooks.net" target="_blank, where you will find a one-page PDF description of the project you can circulate or post. You will also find there a scholarly article on the film projectionist in early cinema by Timothy Barnard, in its published English, French and Spanish versions.

Already there are more than twenty lovely submissions by projectionists from the US, UK, Denmark, Brazil, Ireland, Macedonia, Argentina, Austria, Scotland, The Netherlands and South Africa. http://www.caboosebooks.net/planetary-projection" target="_blank More to come soon!

Planetary Projection is a project of caboose, an independent scholarly film book publisher based in Montreal. In 2009 we published an acclaimed new English translation of selections from André Bazin’s What is Cinema?, and in 2012 will be publishing the first-ever English translation of Jean-Luc Godard’s Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television, with countless additions and corrections to the French edition.

The book by Jean-Luc Godard will be out soon and caboose has decided to give a copy to everyone whose Planetary Projection vignette is accepted for publication on the site. We ask only that people pay the shipping and order fulfilment costs ($9 in the USA, $16 to Canada and $20 to the rest of the world).

Thank you for your interest and assistance, and we look forward to hearing from you or the projectionists you know and work with soon.

Yours sincerely,

Marina Uzunova
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Re: Oral History of Film Projection

Unread post by momsne » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:38 am

Since the subject is film projectionists, you would think the scholars handing this project would want the personal accounts recorded on film or video. Now if the subject were radio announcers, an oral history would be fine.

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