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David Kilderry
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From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Registered: Feb 2006


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I always find it interesting when fellow forum members relate what they do (or did) for a living. I see many are or were involved in the movie business in some form, yet many are not.

We seem to know a lot about each others hobbies, but not what we do for a crust (is that expression known out of Australia?).

I understand that some may be sensitive with sharing this information i.e. you may be an undercover operative, then you can just say "government employee".

I have spent my entire working life in the cinema and drive-in business. I trained as an assistant projectionist and qualified as a projectionist. I worked in large city theatres with 70mm, drive-ins and suburban multiplexes. I later worked in theatre operations management and spent 8 years as the National Technical Manager with Village Theatres. These days we own a drive-in theatre, the Lunar here in Melbourne.

David

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Damien Taylor
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From: Perth, Western Australia
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I am 23 and have worked part time the last few years as projectionist at our CBD's last movie theatre. Tripled now, but still standing which counts for something I suppose. My other job is on the service desk at Coles (supermarket).

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Christian Bjorgen
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From: Kvinnherad, Norway
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I am 19 and I'm currently in the university becoming a high school teacher. On my free time I work as a computer repairman, I also run three websites, one local news, one humour/news and one IT-support site. I also spend alot of time as a freelance journalist, doing stories on most local things where I live for the regional papers.

My "official job" at the time though, is as a store clerk in the local SPAR. I only work there two nights a week though, so most of time is used for the sites I run + my hobbies [Smile]

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Well who’s on first? Yeah. Go ahead and tell me. Who. The guy on first. Who. The guy playin’ first base. Who. The guy on first. Who is on first! What are you askin’ me for? I’m askin’ you!

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Dino Everette
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From: Long Beach, CA USA
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One of my first ever jobs was in a drive in theatre 30+ years ago..We still ran carbon arc projectors which were the first I learned on. Nowadays I work prepping films for the lab at one of the largest film archives UCLA.

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"You're too Far Out Miss Lawrence"

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Joe Caruso
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Actor

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Bill Phelps
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"La-Z-Boy service tech"

ok.....furniture repairman!

Bill

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Christian Bjorgen
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Shorty, have you played in any films I might have seen? [Big Grin]

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Well who’s on first? Yeah. Go ahead and tell me. Who. The guy on first. Who. The guy playin’ first base. Who. The guy on first. Who is on first! What are you askin’ me for? I’m askin’ you!

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Bob Pucci
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From: Westerly,RI
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I am semi-retired and working as a bus monitor here in Rhode Island.Started collecting film both 16mm and super 8mm about 10 years ago.

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Chip Gelmini
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From: Brooksville, FL
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Theater projectionist 1978-2002

Supermarket floor clerk and front end cashier 2001 - to present

Recently returned to cinema projectionist Thanksgiving 2009 to present

Other hobbies include computers, photography, music (jazz drummer), and on occasion some 10-pin bowling. I also really enjoy bicycle riding in the warmer months, pedaling an average 600 miles from end of March to end of September.

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Guy Taylor, Jr.
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From: Galveston, Texas, U.S.A.
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I am an owner/manager of a small bar and grill in Galveston, Texas. The name of the place is "The Stork Club."

I plan to start a "Winter Film Series" in the club beginning this January.

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Guy Taylor

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Joe Caruso
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Films, TV - PBS w/Adam Arkin, HBO Autopsy, Sliver, Mighty Aphrodite, Angie, Wolf, close calls on some others - such is a life of a bit player climbing slowly

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Claus Harding
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I am a free-lance broadcast-level videographer.
I shoot government video, TV programs, coporate special events and some news.

Claus.

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"Why are there shots of deserts in a scene that's supposed to take place in Belgium during the winter?" (Review of 'Battle of the Bulge'.)

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John Skujins
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I work in a composite materials research center in a university. I manage the mechanical testing lab for the center, among other duties.

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Steve Klare
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From: Long Island, NY, USA
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I'm an Electrical Engineer for the US Department of Energy. I work at a National Physics Lab here on Long Island.

It's not as impressive as it sounds: I've only been working there since June and a significant part of the job is to just wrap my head around what I'm working on. During my first month my opinion of the work could be summarized as "Whaaat????!!"

Lately it's "Oh!" more and more often.

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All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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Michael O'Regan
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Government Employee!! [Wink]

Shorty,
Is that the Woody Allen movie MIGHTY APHRODITE that you were in? Which part?

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Greg Marshall
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From: Nashville, TN USA
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I started working at a single house theatre in 1976, when I was 15. I saw that single house split into a twin in 1977, and in 1978 I began working at the same owner's drive in, my hometown of Columbia TN. Finished up college in 1982, and went into management with a theatre chain based in Charlotte, NC, Consolidated Theatres. Later in the 1980's I worked for Litchfield Theatres Ltd, until I left theatre management in 1989, when I went into property management. I left PM for a couple of years during that time, and went back to the cinemas, as booth manager for a 20-screen complex. Had to have a break from PM.

I'm now a banker with the largest bank in Tennessee, First Tennessee. FT's parent company is First Horizon. It's certainly a challenging time to be in banking, however, I am totally lovin what I'm doing. Recently acquired my license for insurance and annuities, and within the next two years will prep myself for my Series 6 and 63, for investments.

I began collecting 8mm films in the early 70's. I found myself not collecting once I began working in the theatres, and through school. I began collecting once again in the early 90's, then sold off my collection and equipment by 2000. I wished I had kept my films, but, oh well... the thrill of the hunt once again. I started collecting once again last spring, 2008... and so, here I am.

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Osi Osgood
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I am a screenwriter and functioning artist as well. (painting, singer/songwriter, musician).. I am also a poet and novelist.

Egad! I destined to be poor for my life! I'm really not fit for anything else!

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"All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "

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Patrick Walsh
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I am 23
I own my own cinema that I brought back in 2008, before then I worked as a projectionist at night and during the day pumping gas.
Patrick

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Joe Caruso
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Michael, a race track tout - Hardly visible

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Jose Artiles
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I´m a film restorer and film archivist,i work for the national film library of my country,Im forty years old now and i start on the cinema business as a projectionist when i was 22 during university years,actually im restoring the original 16mm negatives of "the man and the earth" for a blue ray edition in my country.
Happy christmas to all friends!!

Jose.

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As Steven Spielberg says....
Nothing beats old school projection. Digital is just an imitation.

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Michael O'Regan
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Shorty,
I'm gonna take a look, see if I spot ya!
[Smile]

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Trevor Adams
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From: Auckland,New Zealand
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Golly,must be awful,having to work! [Wink]

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Trevor

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Jean-Marc Toussaint
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From: France
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Creative consultant / director. I've worked for films, tv shows, advertising, animation, radio broadcasting, amusement parks, publishing companies...

I currently share my time between creative consulting for my own independent business: Amusement-ID
Institutionnal video directing and corporate shows stageing for these two companies: Zebu Entreprises and Iris Production.
And finally music production and management for this band: Wildpath (second album was just released).

I'm thinking of going back to school this year to get my booth operator certification. Last year, although didn't pass any exam, I trained as a light designer and learned DMX programming.

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The Grindcave Cinema Website

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Joe Caruso
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If you try, use a high-powered 4X telescopic binocular lense with a 4.5 blade shutter, added to strong bi-focals and you might spot a speck

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David Erskine
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From: Letchworth Garden City, Herts
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a) I agree with Trevor and b) kindly stop using 4 letter words like 'w*rk' [I tried it once, but it didn't agree with me!]. I'm now pretty well retired, but ran a small software house (specialising in market research survey analysis) for umpty years, as well as being an Equity member and still compering events. Gets me out of the house!.
Cheers, David E

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