Short course


This course is now fully subscribed - but do not despair places often become available.  Email us to be added to the Reserve List

This workshop will show you how to use H16 Bolex clockwork 16mm cameras, as well as strategies for shooting film in ecologically and economically friendly ways.

Artists James Holcombe and Rob Szeliga will deliver this workshop building on their experiences of working with 16mm film. The workshop will be contextualised by screening examples of work made by artists and filmmakers utilising ecological friendly modes of production in their work, and will provide useful tips and resources for moving towards an ecological filmmaking practice. We will shoot together as a group, returning to NFTS on the second day to hand process footage using caffinol and other eco formulated developers such as tea and rosemary. Finished films will be projected as negatives, then telecined at 2k quality and made available to participants post the workshop.

We will cover how:

  • The Bolex H16 camera is loaded and operated
  • To experiment with the camera - different shooting speeds, single frame, double exposures and long exposures
  • To use c-mount lenses
  • To light meter using mobile phones
  • To load and use cine film processing tanks
  • To hand process motion picture film
  • To work with motion picture film in affordable and ecologically sound ways

For a full programme breakdown please email

Freelance rate: £400

Corporate Rate: £800

How to apply

Application deadline:

If you experience any problems making your application please contact us 01494 677 903


Face-to-face delivery, subject to government guidelines allowing, with COVID-19 protocols in place

In the event that in-person training is not possible we will adapt the content for online delivery