Short course


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

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Freelance rate: £400

Corporate Rate: £800

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

The freelance rate for this course is subsidised by ScreenSkills with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy; as part of work to diversify the screen industry workforce, this year there is also a further reduction in fees of up to 50% available for freelancers with disabilities and/or who are from black, Asian or minority ethnic groups - further details of which will be provided upon acceptance on the training

How to apply

Application deadline:

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

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