Friday, 15 November 2013
Friday, 18 October 2013
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Gizmodo republishes some photographs of projection booths in the final days of film. There are a few nice comments from former projectionists below the article.
The photographer is Joseph Holmes.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Today I finally saw inside the Management School lecture theatre. Remember the one? The theatre that the university offered to OFU in place of LT-G but which was turned down, without consultation, by USSU on our behalf? Yes, that one.
It's nice. I think we'd have been very lucky to have it and we'd have been happy there.
It's spacious and comfortable. It has three digital projectors although not mounted in a way that would lend itself to a hacked, twenty-first century facsimile of a Cinerama screen.
The two side projectors are ceiling-mounted with their own retractable screens. The central Christie projector lives inside a small booth. It projects straight onto the front wall of the theatre. The image size is limited by six grills in the wall which are presumably for front centre and stereo sound. The theatre is generously equipped with surround speakers. There is also a small theatre-style lighting rig.
In all, I'm quite impressed. There would be issues for the busiest film showings with patrons sitting in the front wings but we had the same problem of sight lines in LT-G; it's designed as a lecture theatre primarily, after all.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Article in The Atlantic Cities. Somewhat inevitably, small-town cinemas in the US are struggling with the costs of switching to digital. Nothing here we couldn't have guessed / foreseen, unfortunately, although some of the survival strategies (crowd-funding under the banner "Go Digital or Go Dark"; pooled resources between independent operators) are novel.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
When we started uploading old OFU films onto the Internet, we genuinely thought that YouTube would be a "flash in the pan" and that it would be cleverer to host our own. We were quite wrong.
At long last, then, OFU finally gets its own YouTube channel. It will take a while to migrate the films across so please be patient, and remember to subscribe to the channel to get updates as soon as they are available.