Position: Graduate Assistant, Projectionist
Department: IU Cinema
The Indiana University Cinema is a world-class venue and curatorial program that is dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in its traditional and modern forms. Our GA Projectionists gain rare work experience operating sophisticated projection equipment, handling a variety of film & video formats, and presenting under optimal screening conditions. Such an opportunity directly complements academic studies in film history, theory, criticism, and production. However, interested students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Important Note: IU Cinema GA Projectionist positions are 10-month Student Academic
Appointments. G-901 enrollment for both semesters is preferred, but not required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
-Undergo detailed training in the exhibition of 35mm, 16mm, DCI Compliant digital cinema and alternative content;
– Perform all necessary duties required as an IU Cinema Projectionist including:
– Set up and operation of cinema system (film/video) for public screenings and lectures.
– Set up of Teaching Lectern for classes.
– Execute necessary adjustments for format and aspect ratio changes;
– Execute “reel to reel” changeovers (for film screenings);
– Exhibit all films and videos, maintaining the highest standards of exhibition;
– Inspect, clean and repair incoming film prints;
– Inspect and prepare video tapes, discs and packages for screenings;
– Prepare screened materials (film/video) for return shipment;
– Perform general Cinema Booth maintenance and cleaning, as needed.
– Assist with writing descriptions of films for the guide book we publish each semester.
– Occasionally close/lock the venue at the end of a shift when all patrons have left.
– Knowledge of film history, technologies, and aesthetics;
– Good practical and organizational skills with the ability to solve problems;
– Keen attention to detail, reliability, excellent time-keeping skills, punctuality, independence,
motivation and ability to multi-task in a busy environment;
– Enthusiastic and pleasant manner;
– Ability to work independently, and remain calm under pressure;
– Ability to work flexibly within a small team;
– Computer skills of PC platforms (Microsoft Office, and some video editing experience)
– Confidence in public speaking and excellent communication skills with the ability to deal effectively
with people at all levels, even under pressure.
– Prior projection experience is not required. We provide full training.
– IU Cinema GA Projectionist positions are 10-month appointments.
– If selected, candidates must be prepared to commit to a 15-hour Student Academic
Appointment (SAA) for both semesters.
– For the 15-hour appointment, G-901 enrollment is preferred, but not required.
– Combined student employment in excess of 20 hours requires written approval from
Faculty Advisor and, ultimately, the Vice-Provost. Combined positions/appointments at
the University shall not exceed the absolute maximum of 30-hours weekly (75% FTE).
– IU Cinema appointments will not be revised (e.g. hours changed or reduced) to
accommodate additional appointments. These are 10-month appointments.
– The position entails lifting of film materials weighing up to 40 lbs. Candidates must be
able to lift 10 lbs above their head, which is necessary for threading standard 35mm film
– Good vision is also required in order to thread film and focus images onto a screen
approximately 60-feet away.
– New hires must attend and successfully complete a mandatory training period during the
month of August.
15-hour appointment (37.5% FTE)…………….$9,750.00 per academic year (10 month appt.)
The official start date of the SAA will be August 1st. For new hires, there will be a mandatory training period during the month of August. Shifts follow a somewhat regular weekly schedule, beginning with the first week of Fall semester. Schedule variations should be expected. However, most variations will be known at the start of each semester.
-Include a cover letter outlining your qualifications and the nature of your interest in this
GA appointment. (Your cover letter may be either an attached document or within the
body of the email itself.)
– Attach an updated copy of your resume.
– Please use “GA Projectionist Application” as the subject of your email.
– Submit via email to email@example.com.
– Receipt of application will be acknowledged via email.
– Faculty may submit reference letters via email.
Deadline: Friday, March 20th.