Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Sunday, 25 July 2010

OpenLab!!! First one is on Friday 13th (oooh!) August

Photos of some of the resources you'll be able to use at OpenLab

OpenLab is one day a month when Cherry Kino will open the film lab space up for people to come and use the resources to make films on Super 8 and 16mm. The lab is mainly analogue (the equipment is quite hard to find these days), and in terms of digital there are only 2 digital VHS cameras at the moment (and Apple Macs downstairs) but you're free to use them, and there's access to DV cameras. Hopefully the lab can embrace more digital forms in the future so if you work with mainly digital forms, don't feel excluded! You'll need a Cherry Kino Card (£30 - used to cover running costs of the space, maintenance of the equipment etc), which gives you access to OpenLab until July 2011, £1 off all CK MicroCinema events and at least £3 off all CK MicroLab events! This works out as totally worth it I think (there will be lots of CK events during Leeds International Film Festival too, which your card will be valid for), and gives you access to some really great equipment that's quite hard to find all together in one place. Email to buy a card, or you can buy one on one of the OpenLab days (2nd Friday of the month - first one is on Friday 13th August).

There will also be film and chemicals for sale at good rates, and extra bits like film reels, leader, lab gloves etc.

There are 3 rooms: a lab space, a dark room, and a screening space!

Equipment includes:
Super 8: Viewer, Projectors, Splicer, Reels, Cameras
16mm: Steenbeck editing table, Projectors, Splicer, Rewind Arms, Reels, Cores, Camera
Processing: Chemistry for E6, C-41, b/w reversal, b/w negative developing
Film for sale: Super 8 colour and b/w, high contrast 16mm print film, 16mm b/w negative (all kept in a fridge!)
Library of film books and magazines
Library of DVDs of experimental film
LOMO developing tank (for Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm), DIY Super 8 developing tank, film drying machine, thermometer, timer, red safelight (for use only with print film or making photo prints), photographic enlargers, developing trays, and lots of buckets!

Plastic bottles of all sizes are always welcome so if you have some you were going to recylcle, bring them with you when you come. Hope to see you there!

x Martha

Photos from the 16mm Workshop!

From the top: 4 photos of the film we made, 16mm projector, 16mm splicer, D-19 high contrast b/w developer, and lastly, another photo of the film!

x Martha

Saturday, 24 July 2010

16mm Film Workshop 24th July: Cherry Kino MicroLab event

Ah, that was amazing!! People travelled from Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Huddersfield, London, and even Berlin for the Cherry Kino 16mm Film Workshop!! I was pretty gobsmacked. Not a Leeds loiner among em! (There was one but she couldn't come at the last minute) I guess it shows that there really is national need for more of these film workshops and events. I'll put some pictures up in the next post!

We used the "rayogram" method to make a b/w film, processed it in high contrast developer, dried it, then made a positive copy of the film, dried that, and then mixed up some colourful tinters and toners and treated the film to some colours. We essentially made a film WITHOUT A CAMERA. All the people who came to the workshop are so ace and we all got on really well together, there was a real sense that we were happy to meet others who were interested in handmade film, it felt exciting. The film we made together was a collaborative affair, and it came out with some really interesting and "wow" bits. It was something of an experiment for me too, as I've never run that particular workshop before, but it was such a laugh and worked so well that maybe I'll do another one. Not right now though - am knackered, but very very happy.

x Martha

Monday, 12 July 2010

Paul Clipson Teaser!

Just some images to get you excited about Paul Clipson's Super 8 performance with live sound on 22nd September!

x Martha

Monday, 5 July 2010

Cherry Kino MicroCinema, MicroLab and OpenLab!

Cherry Kino's activity can be seen as split into 3 areas:

MicroCinema - this is a term coined in San Francisco in the 90s (I think..!) to describe a small scale, independent and alternative mode of screening film, often showing work that exists outside the mainstream. It can be an actual location - for example the Cube in Bristol - or it can be peripatetic (roving, with no particular home), which is what Cherry Kino will be. Screenings will take place at different venues, though quite a few of them will happen at Patrick Studios (big thanks to ESA for offering the space!) Screening capacities include Super 8, 16mm and digital formats.

MicroLab - this term describes hands on film workshop events that Cherry Kino will run, such as the 16mm film workshop to take place on 24th July! (email: to book and see the blog post about it). Cherry Kino will also invite artist filmmakers to give workshops on specific filmmaking techniques, giving people the chance to learn things that are often quite hard to find information about. They can then go on to practise these techniques at OpenLab...

OpenLab - Cherry Kino will run a film lab at Patrick Studios (top floor) on the 2nd Friday of every month, starting on 13th August, so that people can use the analogue filmmaking resources to make films! It's quite hard to find lots of analogue equipment available for use concentrated in one space, so it's a really good chance to make use of it if you're interested in analogue filmmaking. There's film processing capacity (including a dark room), chemicals and films for sale, Super 8 and 16mm cameras to borrow, projectors etc. There's also a tripod, a screen to use for DIY telecine (transferring Super 8 and 16mm to digital formats), a library of useful resources, and a variety of booklets on different processing/toning techniques. OpenLab is largely inspired by DIY artist-run film labs across Europe and North America, and will be operated as a resource, not a service. You'll need a Cherry Kino Card to gain access to the OpenLab days, which costs £30 (this helps pay for the running costs of the space) and gives you lots of discounts on the MicroCinema (£1 off) and MicroLab (£3 off) events too. During Leeds International Film Festival, Cherry Kino will also organise around 10 events, so the card is really good value, and lasts until 1st July next year. You can buy one by sending a cheque payable to Cherry Kino to: Cherry Kino, Patrick Studios, St Mary's Lane, LS9 7EH, and including your name, address and email, and I'll send you one in the post!

x Martha

Thursday, 1 July 2010

16mm Film Workshop!

Cherry Kino 16mm film workshop!

Saturday 24th July
East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, St Mary’s Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH
11am – 3pm
£30 (£27 with a Cherry Kino card!)

The photo above left is of a film people made at a workshop run by Alex MacKenzie using the rayogram method.
It might come as news to you, but 16mm filmmaking does not have to be a costly pursuit! And you can still get all the materials you need to do this type of filmmaking, a favourite medium for countless artists since it was invented in the 1920s, inspiring so much creativity through the many different ways it can be used. It is truly alchemical!
This workshop will teach 6 people how to make 16mm positive and negative films using a simple method and without the use of any cameras at all! We’ll be using 16mm print film, which is normally only used by labs for making positive copies from negatives, and is far cheaper than “shooting” stock (though you can shoot on it too). Plus, you can use a red darkroom safelight when using it, so you can actually see what you’re doing! We will use the “flat printing” and “rayogram” methods, where you put film and objects on the film strip and expose it to light, making a negative copy and rayogram respectively.

We’ll then process the film in a high-contrast b/w developer to make the images boldly stand out, and from there we’ll flat print it to make a positive copy. Next, we’ll use a unique set of tinters and toners to make the b/w filmstrip explode into colour (this is really good fun and you can get some amazing results!). Then we can take a look at the film strip on the 16mm editing table (a 6 plate Steenbeck – a great machine!). The Steenbeck can slow the film right down so you can view the film frame by frame, and we’ll have a look at basic editing, splicing and 16mm projection. The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those who already have some experience with film, and is a good way to learn a really economical filmmaking technique that requires hardly any equipment.

Cherry Kino will be presenting an event every month from July until July next year. This will be a mixture of MicroCinema events (screenings) and MicroLab events (workshops) in Leeds and Bradford, so you can watch unique, engaging, beautiful "wondermental" films and also learn some fun and inspiring lab techniques for working hands-on with 16mm and Super 8 film! The events will take place in various locations, with some taking place at ESA, Patrick Studios I'll be writing a monthly newsletter too, and keeping the blog updated (and the website - when it's ready!). From 13th August, Cherry Kino will also be running OpenLab on the 2nd Friday of every month, where Super 8 and 16mm filmmaking resources will be open to the public! You'll need a Cherry Kino card to gain access to OpenLab, which also gives you lots of discounts to Cherry Kino events year round (£1 off screenings and £3 off workshops, including CK events during Leeds International Film Festival). It costs £30 and is valid until 1st July 2011 - email if you want one!

x Martha