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Inside an IMAX projection room!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:39 am    Post subject: Inside an IMAX projection room! Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Ever wanted to see what it looks like in an IMAX projection room? - Well here's your chance (and a plug for a Sci-Fi film festival at Birmingham's very own IMAX theatre!!!)

I don't like to write too much so you can just see the pictures;


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

and another (mosc I still can't work out how to add multiple attachments- as the procedure is too confusing)

The top reel is for your left eye, the bottom for your right- as this feature is in 3D


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

look at the size of those reels Shocked

edit- the film comes from the middle of the reel- so you never have to rewind them!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

.......and again......


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oh sorry- let me introduce you to my friend Scott. He is the projectionist. Now lets turn this button- and yeoww- to much feedback there (adjusting the dolby surround)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

the IMAX projector with the lid off.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Guess who this old unshaven hippy is donning not so funky IMAX glasses??


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:04 am    Post subject: and now for the plug.... Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

My friend Scott is holding a festival of Sci-Fi films at the Brummie IMAX theatre including;

1. The forbidden Planet
2. 2001 a Space odyssey
3. Alien

....and 2 more films that I've spaced on the names of Embarassed

I met a couple of years back the neice of Bebe Barron. I am trying to get hold of Bebe to see if she will do a lecture- its a long call but worth it Smile

The Forbidden Planet and 2001, although not IMAX films, are brand new prints- so the quality should be stunning.

I'll keep you posted on the dates. Meanwhile, here's the Birmingham ThinkTank link;

http://www.thinktank.ac/news/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

forbidden Planet is a great film with a great score. Meeting Bebe would be a great privilege indeed. Wow...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

very interesting snaps...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I love Forbidden Planet. Actually all those films are great.

I was amazed at the size of the IMAX film. No wonder it looks so good. Imagine taking those camera on Everest or under water! What an undertaking.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

when I lived in Boston, MA I used to go to the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science. It was great Exclamation
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yes, those IMAX Dome's kick the crap out of the Giant IMAX 2-D projections. I always liked when Leonard Nemoy introduces the sound system, and the screens get lit up from behind to reveal 13,000 W of speakers located *everywhere*.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

paul e. wrote:
very interesting snaps...


Cheers- you get the general idea- it's the photojournalist in me. I thought it was gonna be quite hi-tech, but it was a bit of an anticl-imax. wa wa wa...... :)

They're building a Planetarium Dome above this theatre and the Zeiss Projector is being fitted as we speak.

I loved the Planetarium that was in Vancouver, BC (where I used to live many moons ago)- it looked like the Forbidden Planet from the outside :D ((anyone know if it's still there?)

I also visited a Planetarium in Colombo, Sri Lanka- to my horror the dome was all falling apart and we were locked in this great dome sitting on wooden seats- very uncomfortable. Such a contrast to the sci-fi Canadian one!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

wow - thanks for the pics - very impressive looking machinery - and i bet that the movies are also awesome
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Mohoyoho wrote:

I was amazed at the size of the IMAX film. No wonder it looks so good. Imagine taking those camera on Everest or under water! What an undertaking.


Apparently IMAX film very similar to the size of CinemaScope- (70mm?) which 2001 was filmed in incidently.

The IMAX projector can be modified to take CinemaScope too

But yes- it completely blows your mind- especially the 3D, but I almost threw-up on one of the safari documentaries.

I can't wait until someone does something really special with the IMAX medium. But I don't envy the crew who are dragging that camera about!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Unfortunately, I don't think things will get really interesting until IMAX goes digital, so the cameras become manageable.

At the pace that technology is moving, and the pace homes are being fitted with home thaters, it's a nice prospect that I might have a personal IMAX dome that fits in my pocket before age gets the best of me. Maybe they'd call it...."iMax". Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2005 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

jksuperstar wrote:
Unfortunately, I don't think things will get really interesting until IMAX goes digital, so the cameras become manageable.



I don't think it's going to happen for a while- as the technology is far too expensive :(
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2005 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I like the Forbidden Planet, and 2001 is probably my favourite film.

We've got an IMAX in Brizzle. You guys fancy popping down? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Mohoyoho wrote:
I love Forbidden Planet. Actually all those films are great.

I was amazed at the size of the IMAX film. No wonder it looks so good. Imagine taking those camera on Everest or under water! What an undertaking.


When was Forbidden Planet on Imax?
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Mohoyoho wrote:
I love Forbidden Planet. Actually all those films are great.

I was amazed at the size of the IMAX film. No wonder it looks so good. Imagine taking those camera on Everest or under water! What an undertaking.


When was Forbidden Planet on Imax?


sorry, you've read it wrong- it's not on IMAX. However there is a brand new print of it out- which looks fabulous!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

One time in the early 80s I was on a job interview at General Dynamics in San Diego. The guy interviewing me said he saw my background in electronic music and thought I'd enjoy seeing what goes on down there. Turns out, he was the inventor of the Imax projection and sound systems. He took me on a tour of the San Diego Imax theater. It was pretty interesting. This guy also was a member of the team that designed the Atlas rocket. He said the most significant things he's invented are secret. He was a really nice guy. It kind of ruined my image of evil scientists and engineers that work on weapons systems. Turns out, some of them are all right people, and artists at that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

v-un-v:

You wouldn't happen to know my cousin Adam, would you?

How weird is it, that my cousin lives in Birmingham, AL, USA, and also works on IMAX theatres? He has traveled to other countries for work, so you never know...


Also - I am originally from Richmond, VA. The science museum has an IMAX theatre there, and they designed the theatre entrances and exits in such a way so you could look in and see the projection room while you were waiting!
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