Job Requisition Number: 24474. The mission of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film. BAMPFA has developed an international reputation for its active and ambitious exhibition programs, as well as for the quality of its art and film collections and research resources. BAMPFA is an institution with a stellar history and an exciting future. For more information, visit our website bampfa.org.
The Projectionist of Archival and Digital Cinema works both independently and collaboratively with other BAMPFA senior projectionists, with film curators and with other members of the film exhibition team to present 420 film programs per year, as well as other screenings and events in the BAMPFA Barbro Osher Theater (232 seats). The Projectionist projects digital media and film in BAMPFA’s Theater 2 (33 seats) and is responsible for routine maintenance and mechanical repairs of projection and preview equipment, advising when outside consultations or repair services are needed and, as requested, communicating with vendors to achieve best results.
BAMPFA film programs include many guests with whom the Projectionist discusses technical and presentation details. The Projectionist maintains the highest archival standards in film, video, digital and expanded media projection and in film handling for exhibition, collection, and preservation. He/She contributes to BAMPFA’s ongoing film preservation and access goals through a range of skilled activities including inspecting, prepping, cleaning, and scanning films as requested.
•Projects film, video, DCP and other digital formats including files, and expanded media for BAMPFA film programs and other events in BAMPFA’s Barbro Osher Theater and Theater 2, and film programs in the Crane Forum, galleries, and on the LED exterior screen. Duties include but are not limited to program rehearsals, preservation print review, press screenings, private screenings, and others. •Responsible for the set-up and strike for all audio and/or visual presentations from the booth and/or the house. •Often projects a variety of formats during one screening, including interspersing film, digital, and videotape in a single program. Projects clips during lectures and screenings. •Consults artists and guest presenters regarding desired presentation of their work and provides information about BAMPFA booth equipment and presentation capability. •In advance of play date, inspects film prints and other material to ensure quality and projection needs. Tests videos and digital media on-screen. Alerts curator and film exhibition team as early as possible regarding any projection concerns or related technical issues. •Preparation for exhibition may routinely include identifying or analyzing issues with digital media; unwrapping and re-authoring DCPs; repairing film, estimating running time, determining the proper reel order, selecting appropriate lenses, selecting correct aspect ratio, sound format and projector speed, consulting and advising other BAMPFA staff regarding potential problems and technical issues. •Works collaboratively with Program Manager, curators and other staff to address unanticipated day-of-program technical issues for best possible resolution. •Notes actual running time, fps, condition, aspect ratio, intermission placement, print ID, and other specific details in PFA Database promptly after the screening. •Loads electronic-title files into software program for projection; makes corrections and formats text when requested; ensures best on-screen placement of subtitles. •Records guest speakers in the Osher Theater using digital audio equipment in the booth; may also make video recordings using in-booth stationary camera. •May occasionally record projected works off the screen when requested. •Inspects, evaluates, and as necessary repairs films, including archival prints for exhibition, collection, and preservation. •Compares multiple prints and analyzes differences. •Fills out detailed print condition reports and tech sheets. •Preps and, as needed, cleans films for digitization. •When requested, scans films on in-house equipment; follows established procedures for naming and storing the resulting digital files. •Periodically trains work-study assistants and staff in the use of various types of audiovisual equipment. •Keeps up-to-date log of exhibition technical issues and solutions. •Maintains equipment manuals and records; prepares tip sheets for reference regarding booth equipment and operations. •When Program Manager is unavailable or as program necessitates, moves films between Receiving and Theater booth. •Establishes and oversees a maintenance program for all equipment in the theaters. •Maintains a wide range of exhibition equipment in the BAMPFA theaters as well as portable 16mm projectors, Cinescans, viewing tables, video decks, power and manual rewinds. Advises when service specialists are needed. As requested, contacts vendors and communicates with them to achieve desired results. •Consults film curators regarding necessary upgrades due to wear-and-tear of hardware or advances in presentation technologies. •Researches equipment, supplies, replacement parts, potential vendors, and pricing. Seeks effective economical solutions. •Tracks inventory of projector bulbs and other supplies used in theater booths. •Assists with evaluations of proposed equipment purchases and estimates of costs. Provides technical recommendations for grant proposals when requested. •Performs other technical duties related to film exhibition, collection, and preservation screenings.•Extensive experience with manual changeover, variable speed projection, archival prints, silent and sound film presentation. •Demonstrated skills with theatrical projection of the full range of digital media as well as analog video. •Operational knowledge of computer controlled digital presentation systems (e.g., via Crestron). •Knowledge of current media technologies and ability to learn new technologies, applications and equipment quickly. •Extensive understanding of film stocks, types of sound recording and reproduction, color and tone, aspect ratios, etc., throughout the history of cinema, and ability to apply this knowledge to correctly inspect and project films to archival standards. •Demonstrated skills in inspecting and repairing motion picture film. •Strong mechanical aptitude and experience in maintaining equipment. •Acute vision and hearing. •Computer proficiency including Mac OS, MS Office, Filemaker, Excel, Google mail and calendar, Adobe Acrobat; and strong aptitude for using software relevant to digital projection. •Comfortable with the Mac OS command line terminal interface. •Record of reliability and punctuality in past employment. •Proven ability to perform well and remain calm in stressful situations, including troubleshooting unexpected technical issues. •Ability to work effectively and tactfully with other staff, BAMPFA presenters, high profile guests, artists and the public. •Ability to meet daily, weekly, and longer-term deadlines. •High level of attention to accuracy and detail including in written reports. •Good verbal and written communication skills. •Well-organized, up-to-date recordkeeping of information to be shared with other staff. •Successful collaboration within and across departments in a busy, high performance organization. •Familiarity with FIAF projection standards, archival practices and ethics. •Must have extremely flexible schedule, including daytime, evening and weekend availability, occasionally on short notice. •Must have valid California driver license and safe driving record. •Must be able to lift and carry up to 65 pounds.
Education/Training: •Professional training or equivalent experience with archival and digital cinema. Must be available to work daytimes, nights, and weekends as needed. This position is for 20 hours per week.
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