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July 1, 2019 – July 10, 2019

MON-WED, JUL 1-3 & MON-WED, JUL 8-10 | 12 pm - 5 pm


Experience film in its authentic form by learning to work with the 16mm analog format. This is your chance to discover the unique look of black-and-white celluloid and to sharpen your cinematography skills while experimenting with different artistic approaches to image-making. To get started, we’ll look at how various film artists use colors, textures, rhythms and more to achieve emotion and create meaning.  With their work as inspiration, you’ll learn to load and operate a 16mm Bolex camera, light metering, proper exposures, filters, and composition basics. Then we’ll head outdoors to record a series of short scenes in the downtown area, trying out different camera angles and themes. Working with the instructor, you will hand-process the film and prepare it for transfer to a digital file. Using the Film Center digital editing lab, edit your footage into a short “collage” film of your own design. An understanding of 35mm still photography is helpful but not required.

The week will culminate in a family screening, complete with popcorn. Completed films will be uploaded to an online video album.

Enrollment Limit: 11.

Tuition includes cameras, film stock, and supplies.

Questions? Read the Summer Camp FAQs, including refund policy here.