Detail view of the Mechau 4 projector by AEG (1930); Photo: J.K. Leopold
Detail view of the Mechau 4 projector by AEG (1930); Photo: J.K. Leopold

» Historical film technology

Consisting of more than 3000 items, the collection documents all technical categories relevant for the production and screening of films with a wide variety of devices. Among them are cameras plus accessories, dollies and camera cranes, lighting equipment, recording devices, film trick equipment, developing and printing equipment, editing tables as well as projecting equipment for still images and moving images. Both amateur and professional equipment has been collected. Selected examples illustrate the pre-cinema period and the transition period to video technology.
Parts of the technology collection have been made publicly available in the museum foyer and in an accessible depot.

Publication
Unsichtbare Schätze der Kinotechnik
100 Years of Cinematographic Equipment
Publisher: Filmmuseum Potsdam, Editor: Christian Ilgner, Parthas-Verlag, Berlin, 2001, ISBN 3-932529-30-8, 232 pages, 471 illustrations (black and white / colour), paperback, 19.90 Euros
Available at the box office or the collections.