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35mm Motion Picture Film Making

Monday, May 2, 2016, 12 a.m., George Eastman Museum

Sold out. Please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Get hands-on experience making black-and-white 35mm perforated film stock. This workshop is scheduled so those attending the Nitrate Picture Show over the weekend can extend their visit to learn how to make film. The group will make a gelatin silver bromide emulsion, coat acetate film base, then slit and perforate it. Using a Bell & Howell Eyemo 35mm motion picture camera, participants will shoot this film in the same historic gardens filmed by George Eastman and Thomas Edison nearly a century ago.

We will then chemically process the film, and participants will travel to the museum’s off-site digital preservation lab and watch as the film is digitally scanned and inverted for viewing as a positive motion picture. Participants will take home the negative film clips they make and a video assemblage of all the positive film scenes.

Each participant will receive a manual written by Mark Osterman with all formulas and instructions to make the emulsion used during this workshop.

Audience: Limited to six, this four-day workshop is designed for those who want to gain a strong understanding of the manufacture of motion picture film. No experience necessary. Register soon for this workshop as it will sell out.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 30 days before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The George Eastman Museum is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. The museum may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum. Directions can be found here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at the George Eastman Museum is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, eastaveinn.com. This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $119 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at the George Eastman Museum to get this special rate.