Who is Grant Lobban?
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Jim Slater,
Managing Editor Cinema Technology
Lobban in Bradford, 2007. Photo by Thomas Hauerslev
Grant was BBC projectionist as far back as 1963, by coincidence when
"Dr Who" began too, and he remained at the BBC for the rest of his
career, never enjoying the pleasures of a 'proper' cinema projection
box, except on his days off. His recent 'Tales of a BBC Projectionist'
published in Cinema Technology, were enough to give any Health and
Safety manager a heart-attack - just be glad that you weren't his boss
back in those days!
For as long as we can all remember Grant has been researching, writing
and producing fascinating archival material about film-related topics
for the BKSTS. He has been going to the cinema since he was a young lad,
fascinated by all the large format and widescreen developments. He was
the driving force behind many of the early film wall charts [Film Format
Posters, ed], and his long series of articles on The Restoration
Business, Showmanship, and The History of Colour Film have kept CT
readers fascinated for years, as well as forming a magnificent reference
source for any film history researchers.
He seems to have spent his life fascinated by film, and there is little
he doesn't know about any aspect of the business - he even won a BKSTS
Film Quiz against some of the most knowledgeable people in the business.
Grant never stops - the editor of CT is always glad to have a backlog of
Grant's material ready for publication, and there are currently articles
on lenses and other film-related developments waiting in my in-tray.
Every film magazine editor should have a Grant Lobban.
Grant Lobban has also written the definitive story about the history of
"In the Splendour of 70mm". A story which
Richard Vetter (of
D-150 fame) has describes as "..the most accurate and comprehensive
history of wide gauge film and 70mm....the finest contribution to wide
gauge film that has ever been recorded!" (also
available in German,
translated by Susanne Finken, Köln).
in 70mm reading:
Grant's Blow-up Blog
Splendour of 70mm
Come Back D-150
Distortion Correcting Printing Process
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