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Pool 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 Chief Projectionist, the Pool Projectionist will be responsible for all assigned technical and projection aspects of the David Geffen Theater and the Ted Mann Theater. You will provide museum guests and clients with the highest possible technical accuracy across all projected film formats and event types.

You Will:

  • Assist with procedures for film prep and inspection.
  • Perform 16mm, 35mm, 35mm nitrate, & 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.
  • Practice proper safety protocols related to the handling of safety film stock, nitrate film stock, as well as xenon and laser light sources.
  • Meet all operational and technical challenges needed for a successful show.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of 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.
  • Uphold the Academy standard for exhibition and program excellence.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • An IATSE 695 membership or a willingness to join.
  • 5+ years’ experience 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, BluRay, 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.
  • Film post-production knowledge desired.
  • A strong sense of showmanship.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Other Requirements:

  • If hired, we require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed as determined on a case-by-case basis.



Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Position Pool Projectionist  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 10/12/2021  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum 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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