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Sprocket School is a collection of information, history, and suggested best practices for film exhibition in the 21st century. It is intended to be a practical resource for exhibitors, projectionists, archivists, programmers, and curators who want to safely continue projecting analog motion picture film of every gauge long into the future. It is meant to be used as a resource in combination with (but not as a replacement for) hands on experience and equipment manuals.
NOTE: This project is currently in development. Some articles are only sketches of information to be included as this project grows.
Visit our List of analog film exhibitors for a list of film-capable venues around the world!
Using Sprocket School
- Use the search box at the top of this page to search for a specific term or subject.
- Browse pages by category:
- 🆕 Guides: Our in-depth guides to everything an exhibitor might want to know
- Equipment: articles about projectors, projector components, and various tools.
- Film prints: articles about film gauges and about things like cues, leader, and aspect ratios.
- Technique: articles about showmanship, film handling, and troubleshooting.
- Resources: resources we host, including a list of technical consultants and a list of external resources.
- Image and file list: a list of images and files found across the site.
To edit pages yourself, review the editing guide and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the username you would like and we will create your account. If you email us your writing, suggestions, photographs, or PDFs and we can add them for you.