Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Monday, 18 April 2011

Super 8 Workshops this May! Book early!

Cherry Kino is really happy to announce some Super8 workshops in May!

You've been asking for them for a while now, and the time has finally come! The workshop will be two days long, and will give you a great grounding in making your own Super8 films - in colour! Participants are limited to 8 people on each workshop, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Workshop no.1: Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May.
Workshop no.2: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May.
Workshop no.3: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May.

Super8 Workshop (colour film!)

The perfect course to give you a thorough understanding of the Super8 format where you'll learn how to make and process your own Super8 film to keep. The course will cover:

Day One:
# a tour of the Cherry Kino Lab,
# how to use various Super8 cameras,
# different types of film currently available,
# the history of the format,
# examples of what is possible with the medium,
# shooting a film each out and about in Leeds,

Day Two:
# hand processing the film at the lab, including information on more experimental techniques
# preparing the film for projection (including splicing),
# direct animation techniques,
# transferring your films to DVD,
# and finally, projecting your film at a screening at the end of the workshop!

Oh, and lots of free tea and biscuits.
An added bonus is that you can also submit your film to be considered for the Cherry Kino event at the Saltaire Arts Trail at the end of May.

This course will demystify Super8, giving you a solid grounding of all the steps needed to make colour Super8 film yourself at home, easily and affordably, in your own bathroom. You'll take away your projection-ready film on a reel plus a DVD, and lots of valuable information to enable you to continue creating Super8 films.

Time: 11am - 5pm on both days.
Venue: Cherry Kino Lab (at ESA), Patrick Studios, St Mary's Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH
Cost: £80 (all inclusive)
Places available: 8 (per workshop)

To book, email stating "Super8 Workshop 1" (or 2 or 3) as the subject. Places are limited and these workshops tend to sell out quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment.

ALSO: Cambridge Super8 Festival is very, very soon!!! - here's their latest info:

The 2011 Cambridge Super 8 Film festival will take place from the 28 of April to the 1st of May 2011.
It will comprise a programme of more than 50 films from around the world! Full programme is now online:
and a Super 8 workshop: Make a film on Super 8 black-and-white in 2 days and process it at the end. Limited numbers, so book promptly

x Martha

Monday, 4 April 2011

Call for Super8 Submissions!

Call for Super8 Submissions!

Cherry Kino is delighted to be curating a programme of films in partnership with the world's first UNESCO recognised 'City of Film' - Bradford! The programme will be presented during the Saltaire Arts Trail, a volunteer-run arts festival on the last weekend in May, and will also be presented as a special evening screening, at the Cherry Kino Lab in Leeds.

Submissions are welcomed from all, adults and children alike, whether you are a Super8 beginner or a well-seasoned afficionado.

The only restriction is that the films are originally made on Super8 (submitted as a DVD), and under 10 minutes in length. During the Saltaire Arts Trail, the films will be presented numerous times in what could possibly be the world's smallest purpose-built cinema, seating only 10 people!

Saltaire itself is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage village in the Bradford region of West Yorkshire, built by Titus Salt, a philanthropic businessman whose 'model village' raised living and working standards for workers in the textile mills. Saltaire stood in stark contrast to the nearby 'dark satanic mills' of Bradford's city centre, offering a different vision of how industrial working life could be. The name of the town comes from Titus' surname, Salt, and the name of the river that runs through it, the river Aire. Titus made countless very secret experiments with alpaca wool (from Peru), a material which was considered rough and virtually unusable by everyone in the trade, and he managed to transform it, through his knowledge of spinning and a bit of innovation and improvisation, into a wonderful textile which made him his immense fortune, and led to the building of Saltaire in the 1800s.

In some ways, Super8 can be seen as similar to alpaca - overlooked by many as obsolete or unusable, but with a bit of patience and experimentation it reveals itself to be a magical material capable of fantastic textures and light reflections, the mini cine format that can be woven into countless patterns, spinning endless tales and abstractions. Film and textiles share many traits - in fact, some early film projectors were modelled after sewing machines!

Saltaire also has strong links with the synaesthetic artist David Hockney, whose photo collages, some of which are housed in part of the old textile mill (now a gallery of his work), somehow always make me think of what is perceptually possible with Super8!

Submission is free. To submit your film to Cherry Kino, send a DVD with a brief description and contact email address to:

Cherry Kino
c/o Patrick Studios
East Street Arts
St Mary's Lane
Leeds LS9 7EH
West Yorkshire

The closing date for submissions is 15th May, so get spinning that film!

In terms of screening format, due to the frequent screenings (the cinema only seats 10 people So the films will be shown repeatedly over 3 days), originals won't be shown, and the showreel will be compiled onto DV Cam for the event. However, if you'd like your original to be shown at the second event (an evening screening at the Cherry Kino Lab premises), a very careful projectionist will show the films, on an Elmo ST-1200 in great condition.

Find out more about the Saltaire Arts Trail and the village's history here:

x Martha

DIY Colour Separation in Film

Above: 3part Harmony: Composition in RGB #1, by Amanda D. Christie

This is an email sent by the ace filmmaker Amanda Dawn Christie, to the Frameworks list, about how to do colour separation the simple way (she has done it many ways, including a very labour intensive way, like in the image above). It's always brill to find out about good and fairly simple DIY techniques! Her films are great, and distributed by Light Cone and CFMDC.

Ah yes... doing it all in camera from the get go and the filters...

It can be quite simple really.
You can see some other examples (more fluid and less precise) of
colour separation in the opening sequence of my film "Fallen
Flags" (the first minute is black, but after that, the roof of a
train is colour separated from a single piece of colour source film.
You can also see an example of colour separation from a single piece
of black and white in my film "Knowledge of Good and Evil" (the scene
where I am swimming toward the camera under water and the colours
trail from my hands and arms)

Above: Fallen Flags, by Amanda D. Christie

I'll try to quickly describe a bit more clearly about additive and
subtractive primaries and how the filters work.

all light (even seemingly white or colourless light) is made up of
various colours.

ADDITIVE PRIMARIES: Red, Green, and Blue (RGB)
Red + Green + Blue = White LIght

White - Red = Cyan
White - Green = Magenta
White - Blue = Yellow

(and it gets more complicated from there and there are some lovely
diagrams and colour wheels showing how you can add and subtract them
from each other... but those are the basics... think additive, because
RGB added together = white... and the subtractive ones are what you
get when you subtract either RG or B from white.

Light is made up of various wavelengths. Each different wavelength is
a different colour.
If you want to use true RGB filters to do colour separation, you want
to choose 3 filters, that will INCLUDE all of the wavelengths but that
will not have too too much overlap with each other... you want them to
be discrete... the tricky part comes in the borders between the
colours... you either wind up with a gap or with overlap.

if you film onto black and white film, with no filter... you have a BW
record of the light... that photographic image is a record of all of
the wavelengths (depending on which wavenlengths the emulsion was
sensitive to, of course... but that's another topic all together... so
let's assume we have an emulsion that is equally sensitive to all
wavelengths.. ha!)

to see this illustrated clearly, imagine a woman's face with pale
skin, freckles, green eyes, and bright red lips.
now, if you take a photo on black and white film with a red filter on
the lens, her freckles and lips will be very pale... it will be a
black and white image but her skin tone and lips will be quite pale,
and her eyes will be almost black... if you do this with a green
filter, then the freckles and the lips will pop like crazy and you
will see lots of texture on her face, but her eyes will be very pale.
you can try this out really easily in photoshop if you take a colour
image, and then go into your channels panel, and just look at the red,
green, or blue channel alone... you will see a black and white
image... but each of the three black and white images will be very
different. each black and white image is a record of something
totally different... one is just the red light, one is just the green
light, and one is just the blue light.

Above: Colour Separation, by Chris Welsby

okay... so colour theory aside... here's some practical easy stuff you
can do.

load your camera with colour film.
slap on a red filter
rewind the camera
slap on a green filter
rewind the camera
slap on a blue filter
process it

same as above

you can take a single piece of BW source footage and print 3 times
onto colour film, through RGB filters, and if you throw each layer out
of sync by just a few frames in each pass, you get a black and white
image with gentle trails of RGB and CMY at the edges where there is

phew... again... lots of info.
it's hard to describe this stuff without visuals.

hope that was somewhat clear and useful.



Above: 3part Harmony: Composition in RGB #1, by Amanda D. Christie

x Martha

Cool links!

Just thought I'd start a running post that I'm going to add to each time I find new DIY filmmaking resources online, or interviews, or other interesting filmy stuff!

Making emulsion with chocolate powder etc!

Processing info for b/w

Reversal processing, including a cool way to do it without sulphuric acid! Hooray!

Processing film in TEA!!

Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie from Nanolab have written this brilliant document on black and white reversal processing

Website about Bauer Super 8 cameras

A really good website about Super8

Graeme Hogg (founding member of the Cube in Bristol) has made this great film website Lab Super8 Page

Good Super8 tips and advice!

Cherry Kino DIY Film Booklet

Ace blog! Ace blog! including picture of Standish Lawder's DIY contact printer

Document on E6 processing from Jobo

Website/blog in the UK about alternative filmmaking called "Film is Fine" - like it! The cartoon's funny too. Find it here

A nice interview with Daichi and Karl from the Double Negative film collective in Montreal.

I'm going to this at Close Up Film Centre - fancy joining me?!

Cool article - transform 16mm Steenbeck into a contact printer

And some dark room techniques here!

A really awesome resource from Australia (Richard from nanolab is involved in it too) - I love this! Check it out!

Check out this website (gazelluloid on twitter 2) - ace films embedded from vimeo

Interview with Gunvor Nelson from a few years back by Greg Kurcewicz for Vertigo

Article about Paolo Gioli's films by Patrick Rumble

Film processing resources from The Handmade Film Institute

26 film labs from all over the world!

The Dog Movement who do interesting screenings and events

British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection

Light Industry in Brooklyn, New York (weekly screenings and events, currently moving location)

x Martha