Changing film at IMAX

by Kate C
Publish date
20 March 2011
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So you've bought your ticket and popcorn, picked up your 3D glasses and chosen your seat at IMAX Melbourne. For you, it's a time to sit back and relax. However, in the projection booth at the back of the cinema, it's a highly-skilled dash to prepare the next film for screening.

David Booty, Senior Technical Advisor for IMAX Melbourne Museum, might be the projectionist setting up your film. He's been in the IMAX business since 1988 and sometimes has just seven minutes between shows to change over the huge reels of IMAX film. In this video he tells us about the unique projection system while he's rushing around to set up the next show.

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Helen Sattler 4 April, 2011 15:54
Thank you for this video - I found it very interesting - I never realised just how complex the task of an IMAX projectionist was - very interesting :-)
Julie Traitsis 20 April, 2011 17:31
I agree, this is a wonderful video! The reels of 70mm film were so large and complex to wind through the machinery. Its so nice that film is still being projected. I wonder for how much longer though???
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