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David Hardy
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 - posted March 27, 2018 06:08 PM      Profile for David Hardy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I don't know if its an age thing or the reason may be I have been active in this unique hobby for to long.

I have just noticed I am not projecting my films on any gauge near as much I used to in the past decades.

Maybe the thrill I got is going for me after all this time.

I don't know for sure just yet but it feels a bit like when you have been in a long term relationship with someone for many years and it simply burns its self out.

Maybe time for a break from the hobby for a while or even a divorce.

I have been listening to a lot more classical music and reading lately .

Yet again I am at a crossroads and reviewing the situation as Fagin did in Oliver.

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Allan Broadfield
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 - posted March 27, 2018 06:54 PM      Profile for Allan Broadfield   Author's Homepage   Email Allan Broadfield   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I seldom get the 16mm m/c out these days, more likely to run the dvd projector, but I have to get my fix occasionaly!
I made the mitake of selling it all off a few years back, then had to start again from scratch.

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Joe Taffis
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 - posted March 28, 2018 08:21 AM      Profile for Joe Taffis   Email Joe Taffis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
David, it's an age thing [Wink] I've also been enjoying classical and jazz music more than I ever used to, along with my favorite rock LPs. And I go long stretches without screening anything, but keep your films and equipment or I'm sure you'll eventually regret not having them...

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Steve Klare
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 - posted March 28, 2018 08:33 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I think a little time away here and there is a healthy thing.

I've had times when life gets in the way or I just don't feel like it and my screen goes dark for a couple of weeks.

When I start back up I'm amazed how good it looks and sounds up there.

You'd think I'd be beyond that after all these years.

I could even see going full blast into some other interest and doing film less, but I doubt I will ever give it up.

I actually have other hobbies in limbo right now. Who knows when one of them will come roaring back?! (film did this...)

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Mark Mander
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 - posted March 28, 2018 09:17 AM      Profile for Mark Mander     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I think we all go through this at some stage,for me it's when I go to a film fair and buy a few things tends to kick start viewing films again,I also think not being obsessed by the hobby is healthy too,I've sold off my collection once and wouldn't do it again,when I do watch a film or two I still enjoy it but it's not the be all and end all anymore,Mark

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted March 28, 2018 11:51 AM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yep, definitely an age thing. [Smile]

The funny thing is, I noticed that last year, and so I jump started our film watching more this year and it's certainly been fun!

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David Hardy
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 - posted March 30, 2018 04:48 AM      Profile for David Hardy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Cheers guys it seems it is definitely an age thing judging from all your responses.
I see I am not alone on this one. [Smile]

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Tom Photiou
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 - posted March 30, 2018 05:53 AM      Profile for Tom Photiou     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Unless im not quite old enough,im projecting more and more as i get older.

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Robert Crewdson
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 - posted March 30, 2018 07:21 AM      Profile for Robert Crewdson     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Same here Tom; back in the heyday of Super 8, I had the projector out every day, as I was making or buying films, there was always something I needed the projector for. I used to watch a feature every few weeks, but now I'm watching features 4 days out of seven. It's probably down to the individual rather than age, as i'm older than David. Also, as the clock is ticking away, I like to get in as much viewing as possible.

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David Hardy
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 - posted March 30, 2018 07:36 AM      Profile for David Hardy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Or it could be I have spent much to much of my life in hot and sweaty 35mm film projection boxes . Or the hobby is getting a bit of an " old hat" for me now. [Wink]

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Tom Photiou
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 - posted March 30, 2018 07:50 AM      Profile for Tom Photiou     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
With my brother away on holiday i have been going to his house and looking after the films and equipment and it's becoming a permenant job. Theres always something to do and enough to watch. I am still working through every reel we have.
How you blokes with thousands of films manage is beyond me.

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Mark Mander
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Hundreds or even thousands of films Tom,I bet owning that amount of films they wouldn't get watched,that is a real obsessive,buying to own rather than buying to watch,been there,now I watch everything i buy but not as often,Mark

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Adrian Winchester
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 - posted March 31, 2018 04:19 AM      Profile for Adrian Winchester     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I expect some of us (including me) spend so much time online that this seriously cuts into viewing opportunities. For all its merits, the internet has a lot to answer for. I'd certainly like to spend more time watching films, and I'm sure I would do if I lived near a projector service/repair expert who could efficiently ensure my projectors are all working perfectly!

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Dave Ruth
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 - posted March 31, 2018 09:44 AM      Profile for Dave Ruth   Email Dave Ruth   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I would love to get to dedicate more time to the hobby. Last October I made it a goal to actually sit down and watch every single film in my collection. I was able to get through all of the 8mm and Super 8 shorts, and everything I had on 16. And as of last week I had 4 features to go on Super 8.

Then my Super 8 projector broke.

Then I got a lot of 80 films.

And then another lot of 13.

And yesterday as I was unboxing the last lot, I felt absolutely no excitement. It was a great haul too. But with a 9 month old I figure it'll take me weeks or months to get through everything, and it feels more overwhelming and depressing than exciting.

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Tom Photiou
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Dave, we are still working through ours, we have now viewed all of the 16mm, (we do only have around 23 though) but the 8mm's are taking a lot longer than i thought because of the addition of 16. We still have over 300 to go but slowly slowly.
i try to view one most days even if its just a short or a couple of trailers. [Wink]

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Douglas Warren
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 - posted March 31, 2018 08:56 PM      Profile for Douglas Warren     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I find myself working on projectors more than actually watching film. To minimize any possible burnout on the hobby I find myself only threading up the machines 6-8 times a year. This applies to my viewing film (in any / all gauges.)That makes it more of an event for me and something I look forward to.

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Michael O'Regan
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 - posted April 01, 2018 06:16 AM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I tend to go through phases.
I think the ready availability of so many of the titles on DVD/Blu makes it too easy for me to view films now. A certain amount of this is age related laziness on my part.

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Dave Groves
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 - posted April 02, 2018 07:00 AM      Profile for Dave Groves   Email Dave Groves   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I suspect that, for some of us, bad backs contribute to the unwillingness to lug heavy projectors round the house. How I envy those with dedicated cinemas. There's no excuse for not running film regularly then.

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