Chicago-based, Boston-raised filmmaker Adam Paradis returns to offer a workshop in DIY contact printing at AgX:
An often, underutilized practice in celluloid based filmmaking is Contact Printing. It is a technique used to reproduce images from an already existing strip of film, most often implemented when producing a projection positive from a camera negative. It is often thought that access to a dedicated contact printer or sending materials off to a commercial lab is needed for this process. Not True!
Contact printing is efficient method for duplicating images and can open certain creative doors that tools such as the optical printer might not offer. A few simple techniques can be utilized at home with easily accessible equipment to mimic the use of a contact printer, allowing for the creation of beautiful and unique aesthetics in your filmmaking.
We will screen and discuss works by Kerry Laitala, Peter Tscherkassky, and others that utilize different DIY printing techniques to explore different ideas related to multiples, photograms and found footage. We will then experiment with several techniques including photogramming, bi-packing, and sync block printing using Hi-Con film and B+W negative. We will then hand process our footage to create our own unique films, and discuss other ways of DIY printing that can be explored using other equipment available at the AgX Film Collective!
Those taking this workshop are asked to bring a few strips of developed film (Super 8, 16mm, or 35mm) to re-print, as well as a small LED flashlight or laser pointer. Found footage can be provided for those who don't have any footage of their own. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot - space is limited to 15 participants. No prior experience required.