16mm Colour Spectrum – a workshop in colour chemistry games

******* As part of this year’s Melbourne Film Festival, Artist Film Workshop is conducting a multi-day workshop – 16mm Colour Spectrum. The workshop will take us step by step through a jazzy new photo-chemical technique which allows selectively controlled negative and positive colour and black and white images on the same strip of film. What’s more, the technique allows us to make these selection decisions in full light. We then get to watch the colour chemistry working its magic – again, in full light. As well as engaging with a fab new experimental film technique, participants will learn heaps about how the colour photographic process works – more than enough to do their own DIY processing.
The workshop will be running throughout the course of the Film Festival. The first session, 6pm Friday the 3rd at Goodtime Studios, will explain the process, the colour photographic theory, and discuss examples of the technique. In this session the participants, and the group as a whole, should get an idea of what kinds of images might suit the technique and how they might proceed with the first ‘homework’ phase – shooting the negative.
For their homework, the participants will be supplied with Fuji Eterna Vivid 500T 16mm colour neg stock – 50 feet each. This is to be shot as they see fit, based on the ideas discussed in the first session. This ‘homework’ can be done individually, or in groups. Where needed, equipment will be available for loan from AFW. Tuition in using this equipment will also be available during the first session and some assistance during shooting over the following few days will also be available by private arrangement.
The exposed film needs to be returned by the morning of Wednesday the 7th. This neg will then be taken to nanolab in Daylesford for normal ecnII processing (participants are welcome to be a part of this in Daylesford if they desire). 16mm prints will then be made and it will be on these prints that we will work our selective colour processing magic in the next session, 6pm Monday the 13th.
On the 13th, we will have a first go at the process. This involves working with adhesive tape, selectively covering sections of the print, then immersing that part of the print in chemistry, removing the tape, then again in more chemistry. Don’t wear your best clothes for this one. By the end of that session, participants should have a good idea of what sorts of techniques work well with their material. Next step is more homework – planning, then applying tape to a fresh print of their film in preparation for the final session on Friday the 17th , again at 6pm. In the final session, the prints that were prepared as homework will undergo their chemical treatments to produce the finished results.
Film stock, prints, cameras, equipment, tuition, processing and chemistry is all included for the $120 price. Places will be limited to 20 participants at a maximum, so booking early is essential. If you are planning on taking part, please make sure you are able to attend all the sessions and will be able to do the homework by the required dates. Tickets will be booked via the MIFF 2012 website miff.com.au

For questions, or to express interest, please email Richard at info@artistfilmworkshop.org

16mm Colour Spectrum – workshop technique example from richard tuohy on Vimeo.

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