Students from AS Film Studies earlier this term took a behind the scenes look at the film industry as they ventured into the projection rooms at the Odeon Cinema at Festival Park.
The aim of the trip was to look at the range of roles within the cinema sector and to see how cinemas have adapted to technological advances such as the changeover from film strips to digital media. Gone are the days of gremlins in the works breaking the projector and disturbing the film as we move into an age of a high quality cinema experience.
“They spoke to two Projectionists”, said Film Teacher Nikki Simpkins. “One had been in the industry for 49 years and has seen the transition from actual film and the other was recruited more recently and so had more experience with the digital side, so both traditional and modern techniques were covered. Both gave anecdotal accounts of their knowledge and careers which the students found really useful.”
AS Film studies student, Joseph Flemming, enjoyed his visit. “I go to the ODEON all the time”, she said, “so to see behind the scenes was very different. I found the job of projectionist really interesting which surprised me. We learnt about what the role involves from the ODEON Projectionists and how the job of projectionist is changing.”