The end is in sight… CAN YOU HELP!
"Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey" 2022 update
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|Written by: Rob
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,
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 :
You can also simply
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"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)
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
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
– 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,
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
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.
"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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