Cherry Kino

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Hex of Ergot (Popping Corn) - a Super 8 film


I wrote a post a few months back about the 'micro-residency' of one day I attended, hosted by Spur and Project Space Leeds. This is the result! Shot and hand-processed in one day, and edited in camera. I hope you like it!

The Hex of Ergot (Popping Corn) from Cherry Kino on Vimeo.

x Martha

Saturday, 13 July 2013

My new film 'Silva Shade'

Something draws me to you.
A berried whisper,
soft tongue of pine,
the promise of a bed of needles
to while away some time
in your luscious silva shade,
filling myself up with your
strong steady scent
that strengthens my muscles,
stretches my spine.
A cool woody balm
for such a boiling heart.

- This film, made in a Finnish forest in April this year, was hand processed in coffee developer (caffenol) to a black and white negative, fixed using sea salt water for 20 hours, and I then hand-painted it with photographic watercolours. I wanted to use a filmmaking process that was gentle on the magnificent environment I was in, and that's what I came up with. I then inverted the film to create a positive image, where instead of being black, the trees are coloured. 'Silva' is Latin for forest, and 'silver' is the essence of cinema, in all its many shades. I recorded the sound in the same forest. I hope you like it!
Here are some still images too. I intended to only post a few but got so fascinated by how different every frame is that I couldn't help myself and have posted a whole ream of them!

If you can scroll down that far (!), at the very bottom are photos of the ingredients I used for hand processing the b/w film. 

Here are a few photos of the ingredients used in the processing:

washing soda, cheap coffee granules, vitamin C powder for horses, and sea salt for fix!

Kitchen weighing scales...

The pungent mix...

x Martha

Friday, 12 July 2013

My short sketch film 'Berlin Blue'


Here's a little film I made, mostly shot in Berlin on a Christmas trip there with East Street Arts. I shot it on black and white reversal film, hand-processed it, and then toned it blue in a bucket.

It's a very short piece, a little sketch. See what you think.

After years and years of working away on film, I'm finally getting to the stage of digitising them so I'll be able to share them with you! It feels really wonderful.

Some of them are simple film poems, like this one, and others are more involved and intricate. I'll be posting more on this blog really soon.

I hope you enjoy it!

Berlin Blue from Cherry Kino on Vimeo.

... and here are a few still images:

x Martha