Building the Cinerama Optical Printer
A Montage

An original Cinerama three-panel camera is pulled from the warehouse to donate components that will go into construction of the optical printer. While Cinerama's six-perf film doesn't require a special printer, this piece of equipment was built for one specific purpose, to convert Cinerama's standard format prologues to six-perf so that they can be married to the center panel rather than require a separate projector.

From a camera born in 1953, Crest has painstakingly created the camera side of the new optical printer.

Little camera, big shutter.

Not a project for wire, tape, and rubber bands.


More to come in our next installment.

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