As much as I like projecting 8mm or 16mm film, having to rewind it back each time you finish a reel is an absolutely annoying...

and I've always wanted to create a little edit of my films I've shot or of the films I've collected on repeat, so I created a couple of looping methods.

Sankyo Dualux 1000H R8/S8 Projector

Film suspended to the ceiling to create a loop

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Sankyo Dualux 1000H R8/S8 Projector

Film suspended to a couple of stands to create a loop

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A section of the ceiling looping method. 

The film was an edit I made from various Regular 8 home-movies that were shot by unknown individuals in the 50's and 60's

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My projector continuously running some Regular 8 home-movies from the 50's and 60's that I edited

As with all 'analogue' gadgets and tools that exist today, the film projector is something real.

Much like being able to physically touch and play a vinyl record on a turntable, you can physically touch, see, and project film with a projector.

Before cinemas started screening digital files of movies, you went to the theatre and what you saw on the screen was anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 individual frames being lit-up by a light source, enlarged via sophisticated lenses and projected at 24 frames-per-second.

And at home, maybe you had a small projector where you could have your own private screening of home-movies, feature film teasers, cartoons and what not. At home, you could physically touch and see the film that is to be projected.

You could watch individual frames pass through the projector at 18 or 24th of a second.

You could hear the machine smoothly transporting the film with it's masterfully made claws and transport wheels. 

You could operate and experience the whole workings of film projection!

However these days you'd be lucky to find a cinema (especially in Australia where I am) that often plays movies or short films via a film projector. True, film projectors are difficult to maintain, it's heavy, it's loud, and film deteriorates over time...

There's also not enough operators, not enough repairmen/women, not enough demand... the list could go on.

But 

 

When you do find a cinema that utilises film projectors, and watch the screen for an hour or two, there's no doubt that it's bound to be one truly amazing experience.

 

And this is where this little project of mine was born.

Over the years, I've taken thousands of film photos, and shot hundreds of thousands of frames on 8mm and 16mm film. But seeing my photos or films on a digital screen absolutely annoyed me.

I've never liked seeing imitations, I wanted the real stuff, I wanted all of it or nothing. And that meant I had to do it all.

I acquired an enlarger and associated tools for printing my photos, I acquired half-a-dozen film projectors (which I brought back to life) and editing tools for my films.

And now, although all my photos and films are digitalised for backup, if I choose a specific photo to see in real life, I will either project it or print it by hand.

My films I've shot or collected are never played back for entertainment on a digital screen. They are exclusively reserved for the film projector.

Whether it'd be vinyls instead of mp3, film instead of jpeg, or oil instead of photoshop, there's probably a special place in all of our hearts for a bit of analogue stuff, and that's truly wonderful. Because whatever it is, we know it's real.

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Me next to one of my film projectors