To get through film school I worked as an usher at a beautiful old cinema in Brisbane called The Regent. When it was quiet (which was most of the time) I would sneak up into the projection booth and hang out with the projectionists and watch them thread the projectors with film. Seeing this process really made me fall in love with film – the clatter of the machines, the flickering light – the projection booth was a magical place. So when Avatar came along and ended the film projection industry I was pretty bummed. Over the years that followed the Regent shut down and film projection slowly disappeared and with it I think we lost a lot of the magic that went along with going to the movies. The Christmas before last I was at home in Forster and was surprised to notice they were still projecting with film. I spoke to the projectionist after the movie and asked if I could interview him and film some shots of the projector. It just so happened that it was their last week before they changed over to digital projection at which point he was out of a job so he agreed to let me film and this is the result. I hope you enjoy the film - I’m happy I was able to make a record of this beautiful process before it disappeared.
Here's a short video portrait I directed, filmed and edited on my brother Mike McShane. I know I'm biased but Mike is one of the most talented / imaginative / inspiring / and just plain awesome people I've ever met and I'm so happy he is finally getting his work out there. The video was filmed over a few days earlier this year in Forster, NSW, Australia and was shot on a Canon 7D and a Canon 1014 Super 8 camera. All of the artworks are by Mike and if you like them you can check out more of his amazing work on his website or his facebook page. Hope you like the film!
I recently purchased this medium format camera: Mamiya PRO TL Standard Viewfinder Metered Prism Finder 2x 120 Film Backs 80mm 2.8 55mm 2.8 w/ leaf shutter Power Winder Grip Manual Winder I took it home to Forster to test it out and shot 1 roll of Ilford 400 Black and White, 1 roll of Portra 400 and 1 roll of Fuji 400H. Here's the results: