Cinematograph Film Operators examination paper

About this object

Cinematograph Film Operators Licensing Board Examination Questionnaire,1938-1939, filled-in by New Plymouth based projectionist Caleb Wyatt. This written exam had to be completed, along with oral and practical exams, by persons wishing to become licensed projectionists. Four grades of license were available, equating to more or less skilled roles. Wyatt sought a Grade A license, the most skilled. The written questionnaire is in two parts and consists of over 600 technical questions ‘covering all phases of an operators work and duties’, including the mechanical and electrical principles by which projectors operate, the details of their maintenance, the properties of film, and the physics of sound and light. Applicants were given two periods of four months to complete the two parts. Questions include ‘Name several cures for reverberation’, ‘What is the function of a photo-electric cell in a sound system?’ and ‘What is meant by the term “specific gravity”?’. Wyatt’s handwritten answers fill 130 pages. Although examiner’s markings are only evident in the first questionnaire, we can safely assume from Wyatt’s detailed answers and subsequent career as a projectionist that he gained the license.
The Cinematograph Film Operators Licensing Board, controlled by the Department of Internal Affairs, was disestablished in the 1960s. Today there are no specific qualifications for becoming a cinema projectionist.


Cinematograph Film Operators Licensing Board Wellington New Zealand

Maker Role

Government Agency


Wyatt, Caleb

Maker Role

Cinematograph Film Operators License Applicant

Date Made

1938 - 1939

Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials

Two bound printed paper volumes with annotations in ink


20 x 33 x 1.8cm (WHD)

Named Collection

Caleb Wyatt Collection

Credit Line

Caleb Wyatt Collection

Object Type


Object number

A&D 2390

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