We all wax lyrical on here and elsewhere about our projectors, but each time a projector is pulled out by me, I also have to grab another equally important box of goodies that goes without discussion all too often.
What is it? Well it is of course our essential accessories box that you simply must have to hand whenever a film is about to be laced.
Here is mine, an old used Film Guard box, which I've found to be just the right size for everything except the liquids themselves I use.
Those are kept close to hand in my computer storage cabinet.
So here are my essentials for each day of screening, what are yours and what does it look like in it's handy container?
Some of these essentials for me are:
1/ Lint free cleaning cloths
2/ Film cleaning solution
3/Head cleaning solution
4/Various gate brushes
5/ Blower Brushes
6/Lens cleaning solution
7/ Specialist lens cleaning cloth
8/ Anamorphic Lens (in the box but not seen here)
9/ Cotton Bud Swabs
10/Splice tapes and Roller
11/ Film trimmer
12/ Just about every lead and adaptor known to man to connect a projector to an external audio source for either recording or "auxiliary out" purposes to another amp and speakers via a mixing desk etc.
Lamps are another of course, but for that there is a storage area within the projector lamphouse for me and after that I try always to keep at least 10 spares in hand in another of these type boxes.
Another favourite, of course, is a can of compressed air. It's something i always have to hand in my cabinet, but seldom find a need to use on a daily screening basis. Useful for occasional stubborn deposits though that cannot easily be removed by other means.
Also useful for a thorough film path clean once the lamp and lens has been removed.