The Bell & Howell 173 is a 16mm analytic projector and it can be hand-cranked
or run by the variable speed motor. A beautiful machine and a real workhorse.
There are similar models by other makers, and because analytics are not sound
projectors they can be rather inexpensive (gee, who would want a silent film
projector?) They used to be quite common, there were tons of them in use in
athletics before the advent of videotape.
Someone mentioned toy projectors - they can be fine as props, but the mechanics
are often so rudimentary it's always dicey to run film through them. Some are
ok, others are horrible.
Tom Durham Cinematheque
[mailto:frameworks-boun...@jonasmekasfilms.com] On Behalf Of Christopher Harris
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Frameworks] Hand-cranking 16mm projector?
I seem to recall that Alex MacKenzie used a hand-cranked projector for a
performance called "the wooden lightbox: a secret art of seeing" at last year's
(2011) Crossroads Film Festival. I think Alex made the projector himself so
maybe he can be a resource for you:
> From: ke...@videohaiku.com<mailto:ke...@videohaiku.com>
> Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:22:31 -0500
> To: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: [Frameworks] Hand-cranking 16mm projector?
> I'm working on an installation project, and wondering if there's such a thing
> as a basic hand-cranking 16mm projector, available for sale, or as something
> I could strip down from an existing projector.
> I'm mostly interested in the frame-advance mechanism - I don't need it to
> have any kind of bulb or motor.
> Any information / leads / ideas would be very much appreciated!
> Kevin Obsatz
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