Kino-Im-Sprengel, Hannover, Germany

After a hard care share journey to Hannover (5 hours) we were dropped rather weirdly at the wrong place. We eventually got a train to Hannover and were met by Peter Hoffman from K-I-S.

We walked to the cinema and were very impressed by this place.

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I’m jumping to the screening now which went really well. We were also met by the Hannover twinning association people and felt like honorary guests.

We started the night with a short presentation that sketched out the process and experience of buying the Cinema.

Everyone watched the whole film through and our Q&A afterwards was superbly translated by Christine from the Kino. People asked great questions and it felt the talk went on for over an hour.

 

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Kino-Im-Sprengel is a space built into a large empty building. The layout has arm chairs, sofas and all these side areas like lounges dotted around so is really condusive to a homely vibe. Franz said that when it was planned/layed out the idea was that everyone, the foh, the bar staff, the projectionist could all see the screen at the same time.

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Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belgium

So we showed the film at Cinema Nova on thursday and did a Q&A afterwards with some great questions and surprise visitors. Namely Leah, old Cube volunteer who popped up in Brussels. It was amazing to see everyone at Nova again, Guill, Seb, Katia, Phillip and meet new people like Denise. The film was warmly received and looked great projected in their beautiful auditorium.

 

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Nova has a great bar under the cinema auditorium. A BIG bar. My message to Cube vols is dont be afraid of a big bar, like Nova, you can fill it with your soul. They have a chef there who makes food at certain days and this really makes a huge atmosphere for people coming early, that they can eat and not just drink.

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finally got Crow / Pylon in digital form

After 17 years I finally got my 1996 film Crow / Pylon Configuration digitised. It is going to be screened at Kino-Im-Sprengel In Hannover next week. Here are some frame grabs. Back in 96 there was only Standard definition. Now though HD has really helped the case for film because I can scan the original A and B rolls of super8 and it will look ‘pretty awesome’. The sound really holds up.

 

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Nagra 4:2 for the lab

Ive been borrowing Nagras from the BBC in Bristol (Thanks go to Iain Hunter) for recent projects involving using tape to record and playback sound but have finally acquired a 4:2 for myself. This will now let me further research several projects that can only use this kind of technology. Essentially an exceptionally well engineered portable sound recording device.

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Printer first fix up

Had time on Tuesday to reinstate the optical printer to its last assembly. Most functions run ok except the camera. My electronics engineer Kyle is going to help redesign all the circuit controllers so we can expand and enhance the functions of this machine. It was cobbled together to allow blow up printing from S16mm to 35mm. With some extra parts we can build in all sorts of new things.

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