posted September 20, 2013 07:02 AM
We have at least 3 professional cinema projectionists, maybe more. I was interested to know whether any of you during your training made mistakes noticeable to the audience, or was the system such that it couldn't happen.
One Sunday afternoon in the 80s, I was watching James Cagney in The Strawberry Blonde being broadcast on BBC; suddenly the picture went off and we saw the countdown leader before the start of the next reel.
From: Milano, Italy
Registered: Jan 2004
posted September 20, 2013 07:21 AM
I don't remember what movie I was screening, unsing a carbon arc 35mm projector, but I remember I forgot to change the carbons between the 1st and 2nd 1hr reel and I had to interrupt the screening during the 2nd reel to change them. Thank gods, patrons said nothing particular
With another film (it was White Fang - 1991) the film broke up during the screening and we had to interrupt it and cut more or less 3 meters of film.
posted September 20, 2013 01:21 PM
I wish I could say this was during training but, alas, it was at a point in my projecting career when I should've known better.The film was The Final Countdown (1980). Both reels up to speed, open the shutter - nothing on screen. I'm frantically trying to find whats wrong. Lamp is on, but....lens cap is still on the Scope lens!!!
My dad was in the audience, to make matters worse.