Good afternoon gentlemen!
As one of the members of the offending group of inactive users perhaps now is the time to make an appearance, as I most certainly do not want to be deleted from the Reel magic film forum.
I am pretty sure that this is not the most appropriate place for my 'introduction' but no doubt someone will be kind enough to point me in the right direction.
I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who take time-out to make this site the valuable resource that it is. I may not have 'spoken' as yet, but I have been 'listening' and learning.
To those of you who have posted pictures and links in the gallery and elsewhere, and have initiated, or have contributed to, discussions, a massive thank you !
I don't remember exactly when my interest in film and projectors manifested itself but it was at an early age, I'm sure. Probably at the age of six when, on the rare occasions I actually got to go to the cinema, I spent more time watching the projection ports and the flickering light beams than I did watching the actual film. I loved everything about cinemas. But perhaps the spark that lit the flame was when one of the teachers at my junior school wheeled out an RCA projector with forward facing spool arms and proceeded to load it with a massive reel of film. The rest of my classmates enjoyed watching Abbott and Costello meet the mummy, whilst I enjoyed watching the projector and listening to the sounds it made. Other boys played football. I drew pictures of RCAs and Bell and Howells and dreamed of the day I would own one.
I was sixteen when i bought my first projector - a used Eumig 710D - with the money I saved from delivering news papers. I bought an old Meopta wind-up cine camera and started shooting rolls of film as and when money would allow. I read about the achievements of Tony - 'Mr Widescreen' - Shapps in MovieMaker and longed for the day when I could afford an anamorphic lens. I was pretty sure I wanted to be a cinema projectionist but for lack of openings ended up going to uni. Then career, wife and family got in the way and although I never lost my love of projectors and films my activities on the film front took a back seat. And that was 40 years ago.
Now I find myself with an Elf RT manual thread 16mm machine , purchased from CHC, a couple of Bell & Howell 8mm projectors, and uncertainty.
I don't know yet which way I want to go. I can screen the unmentionable on a 4 metre wide screen ( it's actually a wall, but the results look awesome!! ) using an epson , but I think sprockets and film get in your blood.
I like the bright, crisp images you get from 16mm but super 8 titles seem to be more abundant than 16mm.
I like the idea of a fumeo pedestal projector, but I also like the idea of super 8, though I'm blessed if I know which model will give me a bright 'scope' image of a nice size.
I have lots of questions - some of which have been answered by reading posts and following links given on this site ,and some I need to ask in the appropriate forums.
In closing I would add that your pictures and posts have been both inspirational and enlightening , have helped me to make decisions and, perhaps even more importantly, have helped me to clarify in my mind the questions I need to ask. Once again, a massive thank you to you all.
Regards and best wishes.