Every week I find an interesting job. I’m posting the result on the @JCPM_Feedback Twitter account, and it appears here too.
I’m an amateur projectionist, so this posting struck me right away. I found it interesting, and I thought I’d indulge myself. As I write this 35mm film is dying. It’s all rather sad really and digital systems are becoming more and more prevalent. I’m not the only one lamenting this and it’s been on the cards for some time.
I have to say that there’s nothing quite like projecting a ‘real’ Movie. But I’m sure that some old-timers would point and laugh at me, for I don’t have to deal with multiple projectors, nitrate stock, nor carbon-arc lamps. There is, nonetheless, a certain frisson when you open the shutter on a 35mm projector and quickly have to adjust the framing and focus. And when you see the cue-marks, marking a reel change; the splice going through the gate. It keeps you engaged, even if the Movie you’re showing is boredom itself. Sometimes, and The Guard springs to mind, the Editor will deliberately cause a worrying break, or focus effect at a new reels beginning. Yes, lads, very good. I am awake.
So far, I’ve not succumbed to a Fight Club moment. As we all go digital, there’s less opportunity too, as well.
Nop, looks nothing like me
Martin’s interesting job of the week — Project Movies in Mildenhall: http://zois.com/MIO/20554
Under direct supervision of the projectionist, learn all techniques involved in the operation and maintenance of 35 mm motion picture projection and sound equipment. Works with gradually decreasing degrees of supervision with the aim of acquiring the skills necessary to work independently as a 35mm Projectionist. Under the guidance of the Projectionist. Learn to perform the following tasks by first observing, then assisting the Projectionist, and finally working independently; Operate, cleans and performs routine maintenance of 35mm motion picture projection and sound equipment. Project films in the order indicated on the film inspection report, and prepare pertinent sections of the report. If required, splice damaged film.
The position is styled Projectionist and the original reference may be available. The original posting is almost entirely in SHOUTY Uppercase. I’ve folded this down, and corrected some grammar, which may have suffered in a presumed cut’n'paste exercise.
There’s usually in excess of 40,000 new postings on Jobseekers Direct in a single working week. They find their way to the Mirror and some of them are quite interesting.
Enjoy exploring the more obscure parts of Jobcentre Plus Mirror, and if you come across other interesting things, let me know.