September 20, 2007

Week 6 Prep: Assignment #3

CLICK HERE to see an example of assignment 3 from last semester. This semester, things will be a little different in that we'll be making 4 short one-minute films instead of one long 4-minute class film.


Sixbyoners: choose one above swatches as your theme for the contact printing section of the assignment, next week. I've only posted 8 frames of the few-hundred-long-frame-long filmstrips you will actually contact print, but this should give you an idea.


These images will serve as a (perhaps the only) grounding base for your Assignment #3 film. Much of you film will be an abstraction of photograms, so these images might help you decide which objects you bring for the photogram/rayogram portion of the assignment.

Also, remember that you will create a soundtrack to tie all the visual elements, together. Your final film may be narrative, in nature or more abstract and conceptually based. It's up to you and your group.

September 15, 2007

Week 5: Film Processing

This week, the 6X1 class learns to process 16mm motion picture film. We are using a hi-contrast film stock (Kodak 7363), which allows us to process under a red safe-light and thus see the film as it "cooks" in the chemicals (Dektol).

Also, we'll try something completely different. From freeze dried coffee, washing soda and some asorbic acid, we'll brew up some coffee developer and see what it does to our film.

Eventually we will shoot film on the 16mm Bolex camera and process it, but first, we will focus on just the film stock through contact printing on the stock as well as making rayograms (laying objects directly on the film, exposing the film to light and then processing the film to get a negative impression of the objects).

For examples of what rayograms look like CLICK HERE

September 13, 2007

Week 4: Animation Shoot

4 groups of students in UNC Wilmington's FST 398 006 6X1 class animate stop motion style with Super 8 cameras and cartridges of Ektachrome 64T film. Each of the groups animate using a multi-plane animation setup so that multiple levels of depth in their scenes could be achieved. After the 4-hour animation marathon, the film will be sent to the lab and transferred to video. Then the groups will edit the footage and add sound. Stay tuned for the finished animations.

September 7, 2007

Week 3: Film Painting Exercyzzzze

This week, we spent about 20-minutes of class time painting on about 17 feet of clear leader 16mm film, projected and videotaped the result. This is the last in a series of class exercises dealing with film manipulation techniques (the other two were scratching on scrap footage and magazine transfers).