Training for Non-Technical Cinema Employees

Ideas Behind The Checklist

It is amazing. Even after thousands of years of study, by some of the greatest minds ever on the planet, we barely understand the incredible mechanics and capabilities of sight and sound.

Yet somehow you are responsible for presenting high quality sound and picture to please those mechanics and capabilities for the patrons in your auditoriums.

Lesson Number One: Don’t feel like you are the only one with confusions or questions in these areas.

From Aristotle to Newton, mistakes about light were asserted as truth so strongly that scientists were told they couldn’t believe their eyes if it disproved those ‘experts’. It was only 110 years ago that Einstein proposed what seems to be the best working theory for light. For a long time his theories were so advanced that they were untested. But now, every year, some clever science person makes progress proving another piece of his ideas.


More recently, it was a long and hard 20 year transition from film to digital projection. A lot of lessons have been learned. And now some projectors are changing again, to laser light, and some cinema theaters are converting to Immersive Sound. Sound is another area that is filled with as much magic as science.

All these things beat toward one consistent march…to better fulfill the Director’s Intent.

There’s always something to learn. So, again – the point is: Don’t be feeling like you’re the only one who still has confusion in these areas, these areas that are so important to qualifying the sound and picture in your auditoriums.

We will not only work on the confusions, but we will practice, and there will be checklists so that we won’t have to worry, “Did I forget something?


Be certain that you let us know if we skip a step in explaining these things. If there is a lingering misunderstanding, make certain that we haven’t left a word not well defined. Use the Comments below, or write to us on the “Contact, Please” page.

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