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Desmond Godwin
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 - posted September 20, 2013 09:58 AM      Profile for Desmond Godwin   Author's Homepage   Email Desmond Godwin   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Found this Video on Vimeo (my home download site) Its possible a lot of folk on the forum have already viewed it? For those that have not click on the link below. I thought it was very interesting and excellent quality...



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Pasquale DAlessio
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Excellent Desmond. Thanks for the link! [Wink]

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Maurice Leakey
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When I started as a projectionist in 1952 the word "Aspect Ratio" was not in our vocabulary. But later even when widescreen came in, it only needed a new aperture plate and a masked down screen.

With scope came variable screen masking, a complete change of aperture plates, removing the standard lens, and fitting a longer focus backing lens, and lastly swinging down (or up) the mighty anamorphic. There was a lot to remember!

Later came two (or three) apertures on a single plate which pushed over like an old fashioned lantern slide, a turret for the two (or three) main lenses, but still the anamorphic was on its swing bracket.

Even later we had a turret holding two (or three) lenses, the scope lens being permanently screwed onto its backing lens.

Then came long play. This necessitated a long length of black film whilst we quickly carried out the change to scope.

Now goodbye film, all digital and pre-programmed on computer.

Oh yes, I nearly forgot. No projectionist.


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