WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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an interview with larry shaw But, while he didn't attend a trade school, he did apprentice as a pro- jection engineer around the age of 18. "I was working as a mechanic and a friend of mine said, 'There is this movie theater where I'm working as an usher' and he asked if I'd be interested in making a few bucks on the side. And very quickly I decided I wasn't interested in ushering, but I was very interested in the machines the movies were shown on - they fascinated me." His innate curiosity about machines was enough to get him hooked: "It's not my nature to just watch some machine operate. I want to know what's inside that makes it tick." After completing his apprenticeship, Larry met his current business partner, Chapin Cutler, who was working in the film department for a Boston television station. "He was getting ready for a change. The two of us decided there was a need for people who can do this work 60 really, really well. So we started out and here we are 35 years later." Today, BL&S is known as the go-to company in the industry. Testimonials such as this one from Sarah Pearce, director of operations for the Sundance Film Festival, tell the story: "We constantly hear…that our presentation quality is the highest of any festival – and I give all of that credit to…the team at BL&S." And the Oscar goes to… Not only has Larry rubbed elbows with the greats of Hollywood, but he's also been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the design of a high-speed studio pro- jector, the Kinoton FP 30/38 EC II. "BL&S was the US agent for Kinoton. We were able to get changes made to the projector to make it work right in the US market, so I WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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