Good news for projection purists – Montreal’s independent film books publisher caboose has started a collaborative project called Planetary Projection.
The project introduces some of the world’s remarkable film projectionists, and invites contributions from film projectionists from around the globe.
Planetary Projection invites film projectionists around the world to describe their work and their often idiosyncratic view of film in capsule portraits either written first-hand or composed by local correspondents out of interviews. Web surfers will discover a gallery of film “characters” who are not shy about their tastes and opinions when it comes to cinema, each with his or her own peculiar answer to that age-old question: what is cinema? Along the way, readers will learn about technical matters and get a rare glimpse of film exhibition practices around the world.
I, of course, made a beeline for the first Scottish projectionists listed on the page, George W. Field, and his biography is filled with little gems, delightful memories, and pictures from the projection booth.
Take a look for yourself on the Planetary Projection page, and you can submit to the project by clicking here.