Location: FotoForum – Bolzano, Italy
THE EXPERIMENTER’S TOOL – BOLEX H16
Visual poems, diaries, fragments of observation, moving sketchbooks – create little cine-mysteries with in-camera effects / editing and learn how to hand-process 16mm film.
An introduction to experimental 16mm film-making focused on the camera as a critical aspect of the working method. Which techniques can you use to shoot different? How can simple technical matters and specifics of the medium work along with aesthetical choices, opening up filmic spaces for personal expression?
LaborBerlin members Natalia Fentisova and Maja Milic will provide you, not only with the fundamentals of the Bolex camera, the shooting process and hand-developing, but also a way of thinking and opening up the creative potential with the premise – it’s not only about operating a machine, but learning and interacting with it.
The first day we will look into the choices one needs to make before starting to make a film, the basic practical functions of the H16 Bolex Reflex camera. We will learn how to use the possibilities of the camera itself to create effects like multiple exposure, masking, stop/slow/fast motion, animating, in-camera dissolves, experiments with duration etc. Using black and white reversal film, we will finally shoot improvisations on spot. The idea is that the editing too happens in the camera, so you will either make a precise plan how to shoot or leave it to randomness and coincidence. Plus, you will be encouraged to see the limit of a camera roll as advantage.
The second day we will hand-process your films, project and analyse the results.
The workshop is suitable for beginners.