In Rochester, the birthplace of film, Expressway held our first Mechanics of Working with Film workshop. We invited filmmakers of all skill levels for an all-day course on the best practices for interacting with Kodak film. The course was led by a handful of local instructors.
Kodak Presenters: Diane Carroll-Yacoby & Jonathan Barlow
Our presenters from Kodak, Diane Carroll-Yacoby & Jonathan Barlow, kicked off the workshop with an introduction into the world of Kodak. Daine and Jonathan went through the history of Kodak, from its inception up until present day. They also touched upon the unique qualities of film, which set up the rest of our presenters for the day.
Film Instructor: Matt Figler
Cinematographer Matt Figler offered a filmmaker’s perspective of working with film and the creative possibilities. From feature films to commercials and music videos, Kodak Film continues to separate itself from digital capture by offering a distinctly unique visual styles and approach.
Film Instructor: Allegra Dziedzic
Allegra Dziedzic gave an ACs perspective of working with film, including the walk through of this unique camera build. Attendees were able to get a hands-on demo into the responsibilities of the AC when prepping a film camera.
Lighting Instructor: Bart Durkin
Attendees were able to participate in a test shoot that began with the loading of both 16mm and 35mm film. Gaffer Bart Durkin ran a hands-on session of lighting and filming a side by side comparison between both film stocks. This segment included a bonus comparison of the Kodak 5219 500T with the latest digital camera system, the ARRI Alexa 35.
Our attendees also got an in depth overview of the differences in loading the SR3 vs 235. Everyone’s favorite portion of the event was the hands-on demonstration of the cameras and getting to roll several minutes of 35mm and 16mm film.
We were lucky to have two amazing performers volunteer their time to be on camera talent: Paxton Asher, Contortionist & Avi Pryntz-Nadorny, Cy Wheel Performer. Avi also put together a recap video of the event.
To finish off the Mechanics of Working with Film Workshop, attendees ended the day by getting to can the exposed film and prep it for processing at the lab . With a successful day of shooting film behind them, the team now began the process of waiting for their film to be developed and shipped back. A process that every film user knows all too well!
Check out the Mechanics of Film recap video below: