Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

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 http://www.esaweb.org.uk/. 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 cherrykinocinema@yahoo.com if you want one!

x Martha

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