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16mm B&W Processing Workshop

  • AgX Film Collective - Building 18, 2nd Floor 144 Moody Street Waltham, MA, 02453 United States (map)

A common criticism made against shooting film is that it’s expensive. While processing the film by hand can dramatically cut down on costs, it also opens the door to a wide range of artistic possibilities. When mastered, it offers the filmmaker a level of control unmatched by commercial laboratories, but even crude hand-processing methods can produce interesting results.

This workshop will cover both the science of how images are captured on and brought out of silver-based film emulsions, as well as practical techniques for hand-processing movie film. We’ll compare commercially processed film with film processed by various methods, including the “bucket method,” the Morse tank, and the Lomo.

Participants will be taught shared darkroom procedures, mixing photochemistry from scratch and be given a hands-on course in processing a roll of 16mm B&W reversal film that they provide.

Following processing, we will project the results and digital transfers will be made of all films!


Max number of participants: 6

Requirements: Workshop participants are required to bring a single 100’ roll of 16mm black and white film (or 50’ of black and white Super 8) which they will hand-process. All processing and safety equipment, as well as chemistry, will be provided by AgX. 


Earlier Event: January 14
16mm Camera Basics