Full Circle: Creative Filmmaking workshops

We are offering two one day creative filmmaking workshops with visiting artist Robert Schaller responding to the dark skies, bright stars, neolithic sites and landscape of Bodmin Moor. All workshops and events are kindly subsidised by Heritage Lottery Fund & Feast. A unique creative opportunity, not to be missed! Can be taken as single days or as a two day immersion; why not stay for the immersion weekend  and camp at the farm?

These workshops offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an amazing landscape – high up on Bodmin Moor and by The Hurlers stone circles – using it as inspiration for your creative practice.

Research into The Hurlers, a stone circle up on Bodmin Moor, suggests they align with the positions and movements of the sun and stars. It is, therefore, a perfect place to consider our current and historic relationship with those stars and planets. These workshops take place around the Autumnal Equinox, when special alignments happen with the rising sun.Full Circle also includes an exciting heritage immersion weekend (22-24 Sept).

And to extend the opportunity to family and friends, there are a number of open workshops and events that they can join in too; all wrapped up by Brian Sheen, a local astronomy expert, who will help us try and get to the bottom of why the stones are there.

PLUS! We will be staying at Cheesewring Farm, with only a gate between ourselves and the open moor! Participants can join the camp for £6/night or stay elsewhere and book in for events and workshops as below:

Single day workshops

Two one day workshops with Robert Schaller Friday 22nd September 2017

(10:30am-5.30pm) : Low tech filmmaking
Saturday 23rd September 2017 (10:30am-5.30pm): Framing the PrehistoricPrice per day: £40 individual

£60 institution
(Some concessions/travel bursaries available)
Can be taken separately or join us for both.See below for details


Low Tech Filmmaking – Tips and Tricks for working with out loads of kit
Friday 22nd September 2017
10:30am – 5.30pm
Venue: Cheeswring Farm, Minions, Cornwall PL14 5LJ and on the moor
Single day workshop £40
Includes all materials (reversal film/chemistry)
Camping available at £6/night (see below)CLICK HERE TO BOOK!Robert specialises in being able to film, process and view work created within the places it has been taken. These techniques also apply to those of us who don’t have access to a traditional lab and are interested in using more portable techniques for working with analogue film. The course will incorporate working on site at The Hurlers, working with analogue film cameras and reversal hand processing.Bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera (some equipment available by request)
PS You may like to stay for the Equinox Event in the evening

Framing the PrehistoricSaturday 23rd Sept 10:30am – 5.30pm
Venue: Cheeswring Farm, Minions, Cornwall PL14 5LJ and on the moor
This workshop can be taken as a single day or joined as part of our Equinox Immersion Weekend. If you wish to join us for two days of workshops, please add Friday 22nd separately.Price:
Single day workshop £40

Full weekend £55 1 day film workshop & events

Includes all materials (reversal film/chemistry)
Camping available at £6/night (see below)CLICK HERE TO BOOK!

The Neolithics created reflections and alignments of the night sky. What techniques can we use to approach these ideas through filmmaking? Robert will share his experience of wilderness filmmaking and the ways in which this approach reframes our experiences and creative work. The course will incorporate working on site at The Hurlers, working with analogue film cameras and reversal hand processing.
Bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera (some equipment available by request)

£40 individual (incl. 16mm film, chemistry & evening meal),
or £55 weekend ticket (Sat workshop plus all events, excl. accommodation).
Institutional rates: £60 workshop/£80 weekend ticket
Some concessionary/travel bursaries available, please contact for details

Our creative team…..

WORKSHOP LEADERCreative Analogue Filmmaking

Robert Schaller is the director of the Handmade Film Institute in Colorado, USA and runs the renowned Wilderness Filmmaking Camps around the world. Robert received his MFA at the University of Colorado with Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His creative life and teaching combine an extensive early background in science with studies of music composition, ancient languages (Latin and Greek), philosophy, and experimental filmmaking, along with a love of the wild.  In filmmaking he has found a potent intersection of the tactile and ephemeral, making it a perfect medium for addressing humanity’s relationship to the material world.


Joanna Mayes and Jacqui Knight from Cornwall-based artist film organisation Cinestar will be supporting these events in Cornwall.

Immersive film retreat

Paleoastronomical Filmmaking
This film retreat is now happening in May 2018. Please contact us for details.

Venue: Cheeswring Farm, Minions, Cornwall PL14 5LJ and on the moor


includes film, chemistry, classes, class materials, camping at Cheeswring Farm, food, Equinox weekend events.


Introduction from Robert Schaller…..
Of all the places humans live on earth, a handful stand out as places of enduring fascination and special significance.  Bodmin Moor is one of these. Spend a week as a filmmaker coming to understand and film this transcendent landscape and its neolithic stone circles as the year comes to the autumnal equinox.  We will be using non-toxic processes, processing our film in the open air, and investigating unconventional ways to capture images so that they reflect both the nature of the place and of ourselves as embodied beings in it.  Delicious vegan food is provided for all meals, and we will be camping at the moor’s edge.  Black and White film, chemistry, and processing equipment will be provided.  This will be a true immersion, a week with no other concern but how filmmaking can relate to an extraordinary site. 
Bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera (some equipment available by request)


Bring friends and family
The campsite is situated in beautiful wild countryside with expansive views and surrounded by ancient Neolithic settlements and stone circles. Explore the Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites at Minions and Carnglaze Caverns near St Neot. Go riding, cycling or try windsurfing on the nearby Sibly back lake. Climb up to the Cheesewring stones and look across to Dartmoor and out to the north and south coast or enjoy a pub lunch, afternoon tea or an ice cream in the local pub and cafes in Minions and surrounding villages.

All are welcome to join Equinox weekend events by paying the fee on the door. Please pre-book for Friday 22nd Sept night dinner.

Accommodation suggestions
Campsite/self catering: This is very close to Minions and an easy walk, it is also where our immersive film course will be, so a nice social place to stay. Only £6.00 per night for a tent, cooking and shower facilities and you can have a fire. See website for details of self catering accommodation.
01579 362200 www.cheesewringfarm.co.uk

Self Catering cottages Hurlers Halt – http://www.hurlers-halt.co.uk

B and B Cheesewring Hotel – http://cheesewringhotel.co.uk and Redgate Smithy  http://www.redgatesmithy.co.uk +44 (0) 1579 321578

Taxi – Mycabs 01579 348 880 or Caradon Cabs – 01579 340 007.

The Hurlers is a 4-minute drive and 30 – 40-minute walk from the practice halls, car shares to and from this and central meeting points/accommodation will be agreed together.

Nearest village Minions with pub, post office store and café and Upton Cross with pub and post office store.
Nearest town and train station Liskeard (15 mins by car/taxi to Minions and Upton Cross where activity takes place).

Websites: www.visitliskeard.co.uk or www.intocornwall.com
This event is part of the Dark Skies Bright Stars project……