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Chief Projectionist  


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the Manager of Theater Operations, the Chief Projectionist will be responsible for all technical and projection aspects of the David Geffen Theater and Ted Mann Theater. You will supervise, guide, and direct the Academy Museum projection team through various film screenings, upgrades, installations, and maintenance of the booths.

You Will:

  • Oversee procedures for film prep and inspection, and be able to perform single-reel 16mm projection as well as 35mm, 35mm nitrate, and 70mm changeover projection.
  • Identify various video and audio file types used in the post-production process, their reproduction codecs, image resolution, frame rate, interlaced or progressive, and audio track mapping & patching.
  • Meet all operational and technical challenges needed for a successful show.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels museum management, in-house projection staff, guest engineers, and Academy technical committees.
  • Work well independently and as part of a team when performing projection duties.
  • Practice proper safety protocols related to the handling of safety film stock, nitrate film stock, and xenon lamps.
  • Uphold the Academy standard for exhibition and program excellence.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • A IATSE 695 membership or willing to join.
  • 5+ years’ experience in operating and mechanically maintaining motion picture projection and sound apparatus of all film gauges and film types to ensure ongoing optimum performance.
  • Hands-on experience with digital cinema projectors, and the various image and sound reproduction sources associated with them.
  • Experience working in fast paced clip shows and events.
  • Thorough knowledge of film gauges, stock types, picture aspect ratios, and sound reproduction techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of digital projection and related servers including, but not limited to Dolby Vision and Dolby integrated media servers.
  • Experience using the appropriate computer-based hardware and software is required. Knowledge of Final Cut Pro is a plus.
  • Familiarity with all types of digital formats including but not limited to QuickTime, H.264, Blu-ray, DVD, etc.
  • Understanding of procedures relating to all shows and events reproduced via digital cinema packages and KDM’s in how they are obtained, organized, ingested, and projected.
  • Understanding of signal flow between various types of equipment for both digital and analog.
  • A strong sense of showmanship.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Chief Projectionist (Full-time Union Position)  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 5/13/2021  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 9,000+ accomplished individuals working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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