I love film. I really mean film. Film stock. The look of film. The feel of film. The way it looks when it’s projected on the big screen. I realize all that is going very soon, forever, and it makes me genuinely sad.
I’m not one of these digital guys. Every time I see a photo of a RED camera being used to shoot a movie, I feel as if someone is making some home video to show at family parties, and not a real film. Maybe I’m just a grumpy old geezer stuck in my ways. But so be it.
And this is why I was really touched when I saw this short film – Portrait of a Projectionist – by Phillip Bloom..
It tells the story of Ridwaan Fridie who’s been a movie projectionist at the Labia Theater in Cape Town South Africa for the last 24 years.
He talks about his love of projecting films, and what personally will be lost once the inevitable switch to digital projection is made.
Something is being lost that is very precious and we are losing, to me, something that’s almost sacred.