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A practice based guide to the history of cinema
(in reverse)

no.w.here, London | FREE
27th / 29th / 30th October | 7th / 13th / 14th November
Places: FREE to residents of tower hamlets

Call James Holcombe at no.w.here on 0207 729 4494, or email james.holcombe|at|no-w-here.org.uk

27th October: Lighting and cinematography for digital and film cameras
29th October: Editing on Final Cut Pro
30th October: Bolex 16mm shooting and hand processing
7th November Super 8 shooting and hand processing
13th November: Cameraless film
14th November: Sound recording for artists

"The very idea of history of cinema becomes possible because it has already broken down" - Godard

This autumn, no.w.here is running a range of free courses for residents of the Borough of Tower Hamlets. These courses are for adults over 19 and families, and are open to all regardless of experience in film or video making. The courses form part of our involvement with The Learning Revolution Festival, which celebrates learning enjoyment and raises awareness of the benefits that informal learning brings for individuals, families, and communities. http://thelearningrevolution.ning.com

The workshops are essentially a history of cinema in reverse - a unique mixture of vocational and practical hands on way for adults to learn filmmaking skills ranging from current digital filmmaking through to early cameraless film techniques. Taught by practicing professional filmmakers and artists, each session will be interwoven with contemporary and historical cinematic examples and practical exercises. Participants will experience a diverse range of ideas and methods encountering different ways to create images and sounds. These will include cinematographic lighting, hands on experience of film and video, super 8 and 16mm, cameraless film, experiments in sound recording, and editing sound and image on final cut pro.


Course dates and times are as follows:

27th October:
Lighting and cinematography for digital and film cameras, 10:30am – 4:30pm

This course looks at the use of lighting for DV and film cameras, and will include a series of short practical exercises in the uses of lights and lighting when filming with digital video. Please note you are welcome to bring a digital video camera if you have one, however, this is not essential. This workshop is open to 10 people.

29th October:
Editing on Final Cut Pro, 10:30 – 4:30pm
Following on from the session on the 27th, this workshop will show you how to use Final Cut Pro to edit digital video and sound. The workshop includes some short practical exercises on the use of Final Cut Pro with group feedback and discussion. This workshop is for up to 10 people.

30th October: 16mm Bolex workshop and hand processing, 10 – 5:30pm
This course looks at 16mm black and white film shooting and animation with the Bolex 16mm camera. This camera has shaped and defined artist’s film for over half a century, and the course covers it’s basic features - how it is loaded and operated, lenses, focusing, and light metering followed by an afternoon shooting session at the no.w.here studio. You are welcome to bring props and objects you may wish to film with to this session. On the course participants will learn how to load a Lomo developing tank, and how to hand process their 16mm films from the first session.

The day will also include a look at the use of the Steenbeck editing table, and how to cut and splice film. The workshop ends with a projector screening of all the films made on the course, which will then be telecined for the website. This workshop is open to 4 people.

7th November: Super 8 shooting and hand processing, 10:30 – 5:30pm
This one-day workshop for 6 people is an intensive, hands on course that takes you through the Super 8 camera, stocks, shooting film, and hand processing. Examining cameras and their features, film stock, exposure, light meters and filters, participants shoot Ektachrome 64T super 8 stock and learn how to hand process film using the Lomo developing tank. The course also looks at work made by artists using Super 8, focusing on its aesthetic qualities and flexibility of shooting, and ends with a screening of the films made. You may wish to bring a camera to this course if you have one, although no.w.here does provide some basic models.

13th November: Cameraless film, 10:30 – 4:30pm
On this one-day course participants will explore the hands-on artistic possibilities of painting, drawing, and scratching directly onto celluloid. The workshop begins with films by some of the greatest exponents of this extremely economical and expressive form of artist’s cinema (including Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, and Man Ray) drawing out the ideas and possibilities inherent in this powerful art form. Participants then engage directly with the film material to make cameraless films, which are screened at the conclusion of the workshop. This workshop is open for up to 12 people.

14th November: Sound recording for artists, 10:30 – 5pm
This workshop is a basic introduction to recorded sound, presenting some key historical and contemporary examples of works and composers and their uses of recorded sound, through field recording and film composition, alluding to variations of listening, notions of space, abstract and semantic interpretations.

This course includes a basic outline of what sound actually is, an introduction to equipment such as sound recorders and file formats, explaining different types of microphone and helpful practical advice on further sound capturing methods such as contact mics, hydrophones, laser recorders, the use of sound in CIA and MI5 surveillance, editing techniques and issues, and extended interpretations with discussion and feedback as a group.

The course will include a series of small assignments: 'recording a reflection or echo, ' collecting and recording an object in the quietest space you can find', and 'recording a scene without 'actors'. This workshop is open to 8 people.


Please note that places on these workshops although free, are limited and we strongly advise you book early. You must be a resident of Tower Hamlets to attend any of the workshops, and we would ask that you provide proof of your address such as a utility bill or bank statement on arrival to secure your space on the course.

All spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis, but once booked in it is imperative that you attend, as demand for these courses is high. To book please call James Holcombe at no.w.here on 0207 729 4494, or email james.holcombe|at|no-w-here.org.uk


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