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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex$
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Haidee Wasson and Lee Grieveson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291508

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291508.001.0001

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Experimental Viewing Protocols

Experimental Viewing Protocols

Film Projection and the American Military

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(p.25) 2 Experimental Viewing Protocols
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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex
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Haidee Wasson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291508.003.0002

This chapter, by Haidee Wasson, addresses the development and use of portable film projectors by the American military during World War II and after. It examines the close ties to the technological wing of the American film industry and situates the innovation and use of film projectors in the context of ongoing experiments with projectors, projection, and film viewing within the armed services. This includes a discussion of standard operating equipment that became widely integrated into military operations as well as more specialized devices: gunnery trainers, consoles, data analyzers, and dynamic projection devices that made moving images into elastic, animated performance pieces. This chapter demonstrates that the military developed an expansive, global viewing platform that normalized film presentation and viewing within a wide range of military activities. This was an unprecedented use of portable film technology, and it helped to catalyze its postwar proliferation in military and civilian life thereafter.

Keywords:   film projectors, technology, portability, Society of Motion Picture Engineers, Waller Gunnery Trainer, data analysis, rear projection, experimental film, film industry, World War II

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