This introductory manual is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible guide to film projection ever produced
Rochester, N.Y., November 7, 2019—Cinephiles know a film comes to life only when it is presented on the big screen. With digital theaters becoming the norm, the need for a skilled film projectionist is becoming so rare that the craft itself is in danger. The Art of Film Projection—A Beginner’s Guide is the George Eastman Museum’s venture to capture the essence of film projection from both sides of the machine and to offer a playbook to reproduce the magic of cinema for an audience.
The book, which is part introductory manual to the technical side of projection and part a love letter to cinema, is written for both the casual admirer and burgeoning professional. The Art of Film Projection—A Beginner’s Guide demystifies the seemingly complicated process of film projection and offers an in-depth understanding of the aesthetic and historical features of motion pictures, serving as both a reliable training tool and a useful reference source.
“Film projection is the ultimate achievement of film preservation,” said Paolo Cherchi Usai, former senior curator, Moving Image Department, George Eastman Museum. “As the skills of projection are becoming endangered, our goal with the book is to make this information as accessible and accurate as possible, all while highlighting the importance of film projection in the preservation process and the art of cinema in general.”
The Art of Film Projection—A Beginner’s Guide is a comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible guide to film projection, and includes a foreword by visual artist Tacita Dean and filmmaker Christopher Nolan. The book is a collaboration of the staff of the George Eastman Museum Moving Image Department and the students of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. It was edited by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Spencer Christiano, Catherine A. Surowiec, and Timothy J. Wagner. The book is available now ($29.95). To purchase, visit artbook.com.
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