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Organic  16mm Filmmaking 

Dates: Saturday February 13, 20, 27 – 10am to 12pm

Registration: $50.00 (price includes 50’ of 16mm black and white film stock)

Enrolment limit: 12

Instructor: Cooper  - The Film Scientist

Location: Virtual workshop using Zoom


Over the course of this workshop participants will learn about organic filmmaking through the process of working with 16mm black and white film stock and creating all of the necessary organic recipes to develop, fix and tint their experimental films.
On the first day of class, participants will be introduced to experimental filmmaking and the technique of exposing photograms using 16mm black and white film. The class will include visual samples of photograms as well as provide step-by-step technical instructions on best practices including setting up a DIY darkroom in your home. Following this class participants will have the week to expose their photograms. During the second class, students will learn how to create organic black and white film developers and fixers using materials sourced from the local grocery store. Students will use these recipes to develop their exposed photograms. On the third day of class, students will learn about hand-tinting black and white film using concentrated drink mixes and other organic materials as colour dyes.
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Note: two spots will be available for artists who cannot afford the fee due to COVID.  Please send an email to the Lightproof Collective at the address listed above. 
Instructor bio: Cooper is an Ottawa-based media artist, his body of work includes films, HD videos, installations, and live performances. Also known as the Film Scientist, Cooper’s practice is heavily based on the technical aspects of the filmmaking process and he creates his films using an array of techniques, including stop-motion, 2D & 3D animation, optical printing, film processing, and cinematography. He is an award-winning artist and his work has been presented at festivals and art galleries across Canada and internationally. Cooper teaches media art to children and adults in and around Ottawa. 
Funded by the City of Ottawa