The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology, will host a demonstration of classic movie sound technology at its monthly SMPTE Hollywood Event meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, in Hollywood.

The SMPTE Hollywood Event will include a live performance by Joe Rinaudo, founder of the Silent Cinema Society, on an American Fotoplayer (provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The Fotoplayer is a type of player piano used in movie theaters during the silent era to provide sound effects and music.

Motion picture archivist Bob Heiber will deliver a presentation on restoring magnetic soundtracks from the 1950s. He will also screen sequences from 70mm Todd-AO and Cinemascope 55 productions, including Oklahoma and The King and I.

“Movie sound has undergone an incredible evolution since the early days of cinema,” said Jim DeFilippis, chair of the SMPTE Hollywood Section. “Our July meeting will provide a wonderful opportunity to experience what movies sounded like before the sound era, as well as when widescreen and stereophonic sound first hit theaters.”

The event is produced by SMPTE Life Fellow, Dick May. SMPTE® Hollywood Event

What:              SMPTE Hollywood Section, July Meeting

Topic:             “The Sound of Movies”

When:            Tuesday, July 25, 2017

6:30 p.m. — Reception, 7:15 p.m. — Meeting

Where:            Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Free parking is available behind the building.

Price:              Free for SMPTE members and nonmembers

Register:        www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-sound-tickets-36229067115

About the SMPTE® Hollywood Section

The Hollywood Section of SMPTE® was originally organized as the West Coast Section in 1928. Today, as its own SMPTE Region, it encompasses more than 1,200 SMPTE Members with a common interest in motion-imaging technology in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Hollywood Section offers free meetings monthly that are open to SMPTE Members and non-members alike. Information about meetings is posted on the Section website at www.smpte.org/hollywood.

 

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Matt Price

Matt Price

London Sound Recordist

I am a London Sound Recordist and Sound Editor for many types of projects around the film genres. This covers creative content right through to feature films. I am passionate about sharing my journey and knowledge to help the rest of the community. If you need anything from me, feel free to get in touch with me at London Sound Recordist.