Making 35mm Motion Picture Film

Monday, May 7, 2018Thursday, May 10, 2018, All day
, George Eastman Museum
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Tuition: $900 ($800 members), plus $70 materials fee (includes weekend pass for Nitrate Picture Show)
Workshop for 6 participants

This workshop is expected to sell out quickly. 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 (May 4–6) can stay past the festival and learn how to make film. Workshop tuition includes a weekend pass to the film festival. The group will make a gelatin silver bromide emulsion, coat acetate film base, then slit and perforate the film stock. 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 of 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 making of motion picture film. No experience necessary.

Important Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations made by the participant once registered for this workshop unless their vacancy can be filled. Please be confident you can attend. If the workshop is canceled by the museum 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.

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, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. 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, This hotel is about a fifteen-minute walk from the museum. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Room rates begin at $109 per night. 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.

During the workshop, the museum may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Event Details

Monday, May 7, 2018Thursday, May 10, 2018
All day
George Eastman Museum
$870 members
$970 nonmembers