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The end is in sight… CAN YOU HELP!
"Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey" 2022 update

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Rob (Bert) Murphy Date: 09.03.2022
Many of you would know by now of the epic documentary project I’ve been engaged in for the last decade. But if you haven’t, it’s called "Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey" and it explores the survival of the projected film experience by seeking out the last generation of projectionists, their beloved machines and a long extinct three projector film process called, Cinerama.

A decade ago when film projectors were being ripped out of cinemas and replaced by digital counterparts it was clear that film was facing its death knell. Like many others I felt digital projection was a poor substitute so I picked up a camera and began documenting what I thought was the end of an era.

Watch the trailer here

The resulting ten year adventure has now crossed three continents and explored every facet of film survival through the secret world of the projectionist underground. I’ve spoken to such Hollywood film legends as Quentin Tarantino, Doug Trumbull and Leonard Maltin; explored the iconic Cinerama Dome before its closure and even witnessed 3-strip Cinerama out of a suburban garage in Sydney.

To date the documentary is all but finished. Screen Australia funding will cover the final post-production and we have Potential Films on standby to release the film theatrically. All we need now is funding to purchase the archive and music rights needed to tell this story. The end result will be a theatrically released cinema class documentary and an important record of a very unique period for cinema; one that will never come again.

We are seeking companies and individuals who like us, treasure the memory of a century’s worth of story telling on film. Through sponsorship or donation this epic adventure must be completed this year. If you can help I urge you to explore these two links.

For safe and easy donation go to our Australian Cultural Fund portal


If you’re a business looking to get involved through sponsorship, explore our convenient packages at the : Splice Here website here

You can also simply sign up for the news blog to keep abreast of completion progress.
More in 70mm reading:

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

"Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey" 2020 Update

A day with Doug Trumbull

The HATEFUL 8 @ the SUN theatre

Mini Review of "Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey" (work-in-progress reviewed 10. January 2022)

Film maker Rob Murphy (left) in conversation with Bill Lawrence, the "Father of the Widescreen Weekend" and former Head of Film of National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, UK.


I have seen your film in two parts on my curved 34” PC screen. "Splice Here" is fantastic, I really enjoyed it. It is amazing what you have done. Being a former projectionist, it was very moving to see the people and listen to all the stories about old projectors, and film prints stored in private collections. Their love and dedication towards film prints and projectors. This – combined with the overall story about FILM as a medium all through
"Splice Here" – made it very touching to see for me. A fine testament to people who are very passionate about saving stuff, which have had to do with projecting films, or the 70mm films itself.

Some highlights included the projector falling over in the beginning. I nearly had a heart attack seeing that!! Then 70mm at the Sun of course, and seeing friends since SO many years Bill, Randy and Paul (to mention a few) appearing in the film. But also yourself – Dear Sir!!! – your big smile on the Pictureville stage seeing CINERAMA. Literally IN THE PICTURE. Pictureville is fantastic. I saw “This is CINERAMA” there too in 1996, and had the same feeling as you had. I know exactly how you felt. At that time I would never have thought I would be seeing authentic 3-strip Cinerama presented LIVE in such beautiful conditions.

Your film sort of summarizes my own interest in 70mm film, formats and projectors. An interest I have had for more than 40 years since my debut as a projectionist in Copenhagen. Thanks again for letting me have this preview, keep up the good work, and good luck with the finishing touches and the PREMIERE sometime soon.

Cheers Thomas
editor, in70mm.com

"Splice Here" running time is around 2 hours and 15 minutes, and is presented with an overture, intermission and exit music.
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