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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted August 16, 2018 03:43 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Not me folks [Smile] but this Ernemann 2 projector [Cool]

Just finished making up three 3000ft reels, this in turn will increase the running time per reel to about 30 minutes. Although I use the platter for features, having a larger capacity from the usual 2000ft reel does make a difference, plus I can still close the spool box doors, except when using the Dolby Digital reader, where the top one has to stay open to thread it.

Its been a lot of fun and cant say enough for the German engineering that went into producing the projector back in 1926.
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The new 3000ft reels having there first run....worked great.
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Steve Klare
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 - posted August 16, 2018 03:56 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
That's a great machine, Graham: the people that built it meant for it to last forever!

It's nice to know it's found a good home. I'm sure many like it haven't

I really like seeing that Hugo exists as a 35mm print: I've only see it on digital format! I always thought a film about film needs to be ON film (at least somewhere).

We have it at home as a silver disk, and I ran it with a Blackhawk Le Voyage dans la Lune about a year ago. (Who says there can't be co-existence?!)

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Nantawat Kittiwarakul
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Imagine today's cutting edge technology 4K DLP projector...in the next 92 years. [Big Grin]

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Steve Klare
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A door-stop at best!

Maybe a boat anchor!

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted August 16, 2018 10:46 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Actually I was thinking today, that perhaps one day in the future the projector could return to Dresden. I think that would be nice.
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Winbert Hutahaean
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At that age (92), Mahatir Mohammaf, Malaysian Prime Minister started his second term as a PM.. [Razz]

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Greg Perry
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Graham,
What an absolutely beautiful machine! and how very fitting to use for screening the film "Hugo"....

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Maurice Leakey
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The Dolby digital reader can be fitted anywhere within the film path, why not try and resite it?

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Osi Osgood
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It might well be holding up better than me! [Smile]

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Graham Ritchie
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Thanks everyone [Smile]

Maurice

Simply put there is nowwhere else phyisically to put it [Smile]

Although the delay can be adjusted on the processor which I did after mounting it. The reader still has to find a place somewhere between the film and the top sprocket and that was the only place I could find.

Other than using the digital reader all 35mm films can still be played on the Kelmar reverse scanning IR LED. which in itself works great, you can see in the below photo.

Its important that the projector retains its original design as much as possible.
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A quick still taken from a Scope reel [Smile]
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Graham Ritchie
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Thought I might try filling in the center hole in the mirror and see what happens. I found an old mirror from a Std 8 projector and stuck it in the hole.

The thing is I was not sure of the outcome as sometimes playing with mirrors might have an opposite effect, anyway.. nothing ventured nothing gained as they say so gave it a go.
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With the audience all ready for the test screening.... [Big Grin]
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Graham Ritchie
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And its still going strong [Smile]

Put a reel together including an advert that was filmed in Glasgow, called "Sony Bravia Paint Advert" what is most interesting about this one, was that there was no CGI used in the making and those were real paint cannons used on a soon to be demolished housing estate. Another advert I like is the sky one featuring NZ tourists rafting in a river [Big Grin]

https://youtu.be/WObz1jJdpjo

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Graham Ritchie
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Twelve McDonald's ads and a couple of trailers [Smile]

https://youtu.be/n883FKvjNzE

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Steven J Kirk
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 - posted December 01, 2018 11:14 PM      Profile for Steven J Kirk   Email Steven J Kirk   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I love that 'black enamel' look, if indeed that is what it is. Beautiful machine. What is most impressive is your mix of old and new.

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Graham Ritchie
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Thanks Steven.

I would have been easy to get a more modern projector like the later Kinoton, But using this projector does prove a point, in that it might be old, but it can still run really well. Its without doubt a credit to the very high standard of engineering skills from the people that built it 92 years ago that its still going.

Here is photo I took a while ago of a local chap I know, who completely restored an Ernemann front shutter a few years ago. One night at his place we watched the 1997 "Star Wars" re-release one reel at a time on it. The work he put into this projector is truly amazing [Cool]
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