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"Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey", Crowd Funding Campaign

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Bert Murphy, Australia Date: 25.01.2019
"Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey" is a love letter to film - told through the eyes of documentarian and projectionist, Rob Murphy who begins a childhood quest to find out what ever happened to cinemaís legendary (now long extinct) wide screen film process, Cinerama. Starting in Australia then expanding geographically and thematically, Rob infiltrates a projectionists underground, meeting the great champions of projected film and lesser known characters behind the scenes. We discover how the digital revolution has not just changed the way we now see movies but is becoming a very real threat to how we will remember them.

Itís hard for a projectionist to convey Ė itís hard for me to convey Ė the feelings of continuity felt when running a film print. The way it feels in my hands. The way it smells. The way my heart skips a beat when I open the dowser to the light and all those dancing little pictures combine to create a perfect illusion of reality. An illusion that I am controlling and am now connected to. Itís magic and Iím the gatekeeper.

If somebody had told me ten years ago I would start making a documentary short about the end of film that would morph into a feature about the survival of film, I probably wouldnít have started it. But if theyíd told me the process of making this film would see me lead a team to re-install 70mm projection at a beautiful art deco picture palace; that might have changed my mind. Thatís exactly what happened in 2015 with the roadshow release of "The Hateful Eight"; a film that I still run once a month now three years later. I really canít believe my luck when I look around the twin platters of our bio box to see 70mm prints of all the titles I thought Iíd never see on film again, let alone be running them myself. "Lawrence of Arabia", "2OO1: A Space Odyssey", "The Sound of Music" and more. Itís an unexpected golden age for film and big formats. It has inspired me to continue this documentary journey (now a life style) and to dig ever deeper into the clandestine community of projectionists and film collectors who are the unexpected heroes of film and hardware preservation.

But to finish this film we now need your help, the documentary is now seeking crowd funding to complete an all important American leg of photography. Whatís crowd funding? Possible is an Australian owned and operated company whoíve raised more than $62 million AUD for 15,000 individual arts projects. Possible provides the platform for project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience worldwide. If people love what youíre creating, they can support it by pledging money. In return, project creators offer rewards matched to the level of funding commitment. Each campaign incorporates a tipping point (in our case $25,000 AUD). If the tipping point isnít reached all pledges received are deleted. Itís safe, easy and driven by peoples genuine interest in seeing the project completed.

If youíd like to help with a pledge? You can give as little or as much as you like. Or if you would just like to know more about the production, visit www.splicehere.website

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