Special handmade emulsion session, Saturday 5th May
Our day begins with an off-site filming session at Porth Nanven, returning in the afternoon (2pm-5/6pm) for a technical session at Lands End YHA (or join the hand processing session outlined below).In the afternoon, Robert will be sharing his experience and leading a session of experimentation with handmade emulsion techniques (Robert has been part of a European team working to develop a workable handmade emulsion). Images emerge from a handmade background, providing a tactile blurring between subject and surface.Available as part of our Film Weekender, or book in for day/afternoon on Saturday 5th May. See below.
Beginners’ Bolex 16mm, Saturday 5th May/Sunday 6th May
Our day begins with an off-site filming session (Saturday, Porth Nanven, Sunday Lizard Lighthouse), returning to process our work at the YHA.This beginners’ 16mm Bolex pathway is available on the Saturday and or Sunday, where you can learn how to use a 16mm camera, from loading via filming to hand processing your own film. You will come away with all the basics on buying film and how to set up your own home processing centre. In the morning we will be filming on location, in the afternoon we will process our film with kitchen-friendly caffenol. This produces a negative image and we will discuss the options for reversing this into a positive.
Evening sharing session Saturday 5th May
Evening sharing session at YHA, with Robert leading a screening of work – please bring film/photography to share!
Peracetic Acid reversal processing, Sunday 6th May
Our day begins with an off-site filming session (Lizard Lighthouse) returning to process our work at the YHA (2pm-5/6pm).Film artist Joanna Mayes has a particular interest in kitchen-friendly chemicals, so will be sharing caffenol (coffee, vitamin C, washing soda and salt) and peracetic acid reversal processing techniques (replacing standard reversal bleach with peroxide and acetic acid).One day £60 (including site-specific filming), half day processing only £40.Wilderness filmmaking & processing, Monday 7th May
Robert Schaller has been leading the renowned wilderness filmmaking camps across USA for many years. Robert specialises in techniques for filming and processing in wilderness locations; skills which are also appropriate to DIY filmmaking and home processing.We will be walking out to Tregaseal Stone Circle on Penwith Moors, considering ways of working with landscape, directionality and navigation. Robert will bring his portable darkroom and we will have a chance to bucket process our film out on the moors!Low light filmmaking, night processing & filming the stars!
Weather-depending we will be looking at low-light techniques and outdoor processing at night over the course of the weekend. We will be bringing out our stop-motion attachments and trying to capture the procession of the stars.