Category : Lab activity

Written on Apr, 12, 2021 by in

This sketch has is an edited drawing of one of the architects plans we had done for the process of planning what to do once we bought the building.

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Written on Apr, 11, 2021 by in

Here we see the Cube buildings from Princess Row, the staff door entrance. A nice detail is the glazed windows in the Lantern. This lantern feature was originally the means of light coming into the workshop which is now taken up by the wooden, fan shaped, raked, T&G auditorium. We would like to restore these glass features and explore the …

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Written on Apr, 11, 2021 by in

Old photo of Mark Berry on one of his UK visits. Ray is probably playing with Danny who is out of shot. This is the back door of the projection room at the Cube Cinema which leads out onto the roof of the garages in Princess Row.

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Written on Jan, 27, 2021 by in

This endlessly resourceful and insprational booklet by Esther Urlus at Worm in Rotterdam is now available as a pdf. Here is a link to the pdf version. Its free and its amazing!!!! http://www.filmlabs.org/docs/toboldlygo.pdf

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Been getting into workshop hardly at all due to full time kids homeschool. Managed to get in on monday and started on the viewing table area. Ive got a 16 and a 35 and they both need a few bits of work. The 16 has had a full drive belt and bearings service by Lew.G and the picture is the …

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Written on Dec, 21, 2020 by in

I suppose one thing that seems to be appearing more and more as a focus of interests is the idea of practical explorations of historic cinema (trick photography) techniques but with a very different set of image outcome aims, ie not trying to create ‘fantastic’ or even ‘literal’ images that illustrate a mythological storyline or visual interventions into illusory realities …

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Written on Dec, 04, 2020 by in

The PLAN in new room is to create as much SPACE as possible. I can do this by putting all filing cabs on wheels. Everything on wheels. Then with an overhead scaff grid and clean / free wall I can operate it as a studio and actually work towards making the films I have been planning and devising for years. …

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Written on Sep, 08, 2020 by in

Ive pulled my hair out over several jugs of coffee trying to figure this out for myself and usually come to a dead end of confusion and despair. The Pilot pins on an optical printer (mine anyway) are on the right of the machine. But how then can you print 16mm to 16mm because after an 180 invert (the function …

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Written on Aug, 24, 2020 by in ,

Reading Craig Barron and Mark Cotta Vaz’s (1) great book about matte painting has revealed to me the interesting genesis of the optical printer starting with several strands. Starting with Norman Dawn and going through to Clarence Slifer we see the emergence of the requirement for such a machine out of the relation between the camera and its own optical …

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Written on Aug, 22, 2020 by in

In every moment of an analogue film projection, there is another mask, or matrix, or screen which is going to effect viewing and viewers in different ways than the perception of visually recognized cultural forms. This ‘FLICKER’ based screen is the total background field effect of an analogue image regardless of the content of ‘the image’. This screen is also …

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