After my recent venture into the world of film making, I've been invited to some pretty cool things.
I attended one event on saturday,
Thanks to YAM (Youth animation & Media).
A small group workshop on Bolex cameras at no.w.here lab
We spent the day learning how to use these fabulous mechanical pieces of equipment.
Also how to take light readings with nice old light meters, and we even got to shoot, develop and screen a 2 1/2 minute film using the old equipment.
Here are a selection of images from throughout the day.
The workshop started at 10.30am
Figure 01. The Bolex my group used for the day
Figure 02. The no.w.here location... Shhh it's top secret
or you can click on the link above for the address :)
Figure 03. Bolex's, film boxes and lenses
We were shown all the little gadgets and nobly bits on the camera and every detail was explained about the use of each one over the course of around 2 hours.
Followed by a working lunch with each group to come up with an idea for the film.
After lunch we were given an hour and a half to film what we needed and be ready for development by 3pm.
Figure 04. I'm in this film - roasting 5000W lamp
Figure 05. Clapper boards are great
Figure 06. My first sighting of 8mm film
Figure 07. Another group while filming
Figure 08. Our team name - 100ft of lightening
(100ft roll of film)
Figure 09. Developing the films
Here in the development room, we developed our own films with help from James, the workshop leader. All parts of the process were timed. Very similar to photography film development.
Figure 10. Developing the films
Figure 11. Waiting for our films to dry
Figure 12. James demonstrating how to splice films together
After all films were dry, we rolled them back onto spools and were shown how to splice them all together into one film ready for projecting.
Figure 13. First sightings of our films
Figure 14. The screening
Figure 15. Im in this one
I even got to see something I've always wanted to see - when something goes snap in the projector and the projections turns into burning bubbles with smoke coming out of the projector.
It felt like a true all round film experience :)
Our film is called 'The Editor' and the group we happened to be put in consisted of 3 people that had been on the DIY Thriller course, so they all knew how I looked after days of sleepless editing. This story seemed to be inspired by me so I played a bit of a maddening editor with the lovely visual quality of B&W old films.
I don't yet have a copy of these films but once I get hold of them they'll be on here like a shot.
Overall, this was a great experience, I'd recommend these workshops to anyone interested in all aspects of film making.