FILM THEORY AND SURVEYS

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George Eastman Museum

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Hardcover, 5.75 x 8 in. / 344 pgs / 25 color / 111 bw.

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GEORGE EASTMAN MUSEUM

The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide

Edited by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Spencer Christiano, Catherine A. Surowiec, Timothy J. Wagner. Foreword by Tacita Dean, Christopher Nolan.

The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide

A gorgeous gift for every cinephile, The Art of Film Projection celebrates this enduring analog art

A New York Times 2019 holiday gift guide pick

The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide is a beautifully produced, comprehensive outline of the materials, equipment and knowledge needed to present the magic of cinema to an enthralled audience.

Part manual and part manifesto, The Art of Film Projection compiles more than 50 years of expertise from the staff of the world-renowned George Eastman Museum and the students of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation into the most complete and accessible guide to film projection ever produced. The product of more than ten years of painstaking work by renowned film preservation specialists, and featuring a foreword by Tacita Dean and Christopher Nolan, this volume addresses a changing film landscape.

No film comes to life until it is shown on the big screen, but with the proliferation of digital movie theaters, the expertise of film projection has become increasingly rare. Written for both the casual enthusiast and the professional projectionist in training, this book demystifies the process of film projection and offers an in-depth understanding of the aesthetic, technical and historical features of motion pictures. Fully accessible to the layperson, student, technician or scholar, the book is designed to be used: richly illustrated with photographs and easy-to-read diagrams, it is printed at a size that is easy to carry, with a ribbon bookmark and pages for notes. The Art of Film Projection invites readers to help save the authentic experience of seeing motion pictures on film.


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PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Midwest Book Review

Unique and comprehensively informative...

New York Times: 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Ben Kenigsberg

For more than 100 years, people saw movies on film; now they mostly see digital projection. Enter “The Art of Film Projection,” part manual, part manifesto from the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, to preserve knowledge of the craft.

Film Comment

Bruce Bennet

Doggedly holding the archival line from inside the projection booth is a refrain heard through all 10 ensuing chapters, which lucidly explicate the process of showing movies on film as both a technical challenge and a sacred responsibility.

Indiewire

Chris Lindhal

Despite the deadly difference between nitrate and safety prints, the Cinematheque’s chief projectionist Ben Tucker says he takes his detail-oriented work just as seriously no matter what kind of film he’s projecting.

Film International

Ted Knighton

The book does not simply instruct; it inspires.

The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/5/2019

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Film Projection (But Were Afraid to Ask) at Light Industry

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Film Projection (But Were Afraid to Ask) at Light Industry

Tuesday, November 5 at 7 PM, in celebration of The Art of Film Projection: A Beginner's Guide, Light Industry presents Morgan Fisher's 1976 four-minute 16mm film, Projection Instructions, and a talk by Spencer Christiano, an editor of the book and Chief Projectionist at George Eastman Museum—the book's publisher.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/5/2019

'The Art of Film Projection' is both manifesto and how-to guide

'The Art of Film Projection' is both manifesto and how-to guide

Some day, analog film projection may be a thing of the past, a distant romantic memory akin to phone calls made via rotary phone or transport by way of horse drawn carriage. And yet, film projection is an art, a human intervention, inseparable from the creation of the medium itself, and so far, the results are superior to anything available in the digital sphere. The people at George Eastman Museum know this, and they've put together a book that is basically perfect, even as it cites its own willingness to morph over future iterations. A beautifully designed hardcover with classic stamping and ribbon, this supremely giftable "beginners guide" is at once manifesto, time-capsule of connoisseurship and how-to manual. "Cinema will always be an art form that exists in three dimensions," Tacita Dean and Christopher Nolan write, "it requires a projector and projectionist, as much as it needs the physical volume of the theatre and an audience to watch it. Knowledge of changeover cues, aspect ratios and loop sizes is not the arcane information of a lost era but the expertise necessary to project a film correctly today. To disrespect the role of the projectionist is to disrespect cinema itself." continue to blog


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