We had a great day out on the last day of Autumn Half Term on Friday 23rd October when we visited our local Vue Cinema as part of National Schools Film week. We went to see the film ‘Inkheart’ which was only released earlier in the year
After our movie had finished Mr Gavin King the manager of Vue Cardiff came down and kindly spoke to us about all the work that goes on behind the scenes in order for us to enjoy our visit. As he talked some of the staff came in and swept up and checked that everything was nice and clean for the next set of visitors. Gavin was constantly talking to his team on the walkie talkie as they made sure everything was okay in each of the 13 screens that they have, and we know that this is the quietest time with most people going to the cinema afterwork in the evenings. The cinema has some 2,893 comfy seats which is a lot of visitors to take care of.
Gavin also showed us the night scope that staff use to check that the audience are not trying to record the films to make pirate copies. We did see an advert about people trying to steal films before the film came on by FACT. If people keep stealing movies in this way then the movies would not be made so it is important that we do not support theft and if we see anyone recording films we must tell a member of staff.
Richard is the projectionist and he showed us a small round reel of film about 150 cm wide, but when he unravelled it went right around all of us and back again. He told us that this was just a 60 second clip and that anormal lenght movie could be over 2 miles long (that would be almost all the way back to school back to the school).
Richard told us a bit about how film worked. As we looked through the film we could see the individual frames (this was from the Fantastic Mr Fox). We asked a few questions Rhiane asked how the film was recycled, Macie asked about 3d movies.