Course: Hands-on Film – Process and Practise

Tutor: Lydia Beilby

This six-week course explores the unique aesthetic and tactile character of photochemical moving-image film. Employing a DIY, hands-on-approach, this course will celebrate the wonderful qualities of film and ask, ‘what are the aesthetic and political reasons artists’ continue to make work engaging these methodologies, in a climate of digital prevalence?’

Together, we will watch and discuss a number of groundbreaking films drawn from the historical canon of experimental cinema. Taking creative inspiration from this work, we will explore the beautiful tactile materiality of the analogue filmstrip through a series of practical activities and experiments. We will delve into artisanal, hands-on-techniques in order to shoot, hand-process and project the 8mm films we make.

You will also cultivate an invaluable practical knowledge relating to the apparatus of the experimental practitioner; the camera and the projector. We will cover how to choose, operate and maintain this equipment, and we will look at creative and performative ways that the manipulation of the projection medium can enhance your work.

*Please note – there will be no class on the evening of 12/03/20 and it will instead take place on 14/03/20 from 11:00 – 14:00*

Cost: Waged £199.00/Concession £179.00

Dates And Times: 20 February 2020 – 26 March 2020, 18.00 – 21.00

Location: 23 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

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