Motion picture projectionists work primarily in the entertainment industry by operating movie projectors. They are responsible for viewing experiences at venues such as cinemas, film festivals, corporate events, and other functions by inserting film into reels and splicing them efficiently. They are also responsible for maintaining all of their equipment and must be able to troubleshoot minor problems and malfunctions.
It's important to be able to work well in a team environment, so excellent interpersonal and communications skills are highly beneficial. They may have to work rotating shifts and should be able to work days, nights, weekends, or holidays. A high school diploma or GED is often a minimum requirement for this position.
These projectionists must have relevant training to use projectors and similar equipment. As most projectionists belong to labor unions, they usually gain experience as interns in the field. They may have to attend various classes or workshops, and should always stay up-to-date with new technology and equipment that becomes available. They must be willing to work with diverse people, and some may be required to train new ground attendants.
Motion Picture Projectionist Tasks
- Prepare film reels prior to the beginning of a movie and ensure they are set up properly.
- Maintain projecting equipment by cleaning and inspecting it between film showings.
- Monitor film reels throughout the movie and exchange film reels when one comes to an end.