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Re-Exploring Unexplored Paths

Handmade Emulsion Primitive Colour Seminar

The Handmade Emulsion Primitive Colour Seminar consisted of one week of practical research in the lab of WORM Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam, during which international artists working on film emulsion and primitive colour film exchanged knowledge, conducted practical experiments and tested new formulas in order to develop further this research field.


with: 
Anja Dornieden and Juan David Gonzalez (LaborBerlin, DE),
Robert Schaller (Handmade Film Institute, USA) ,
Josh Lewis (Negativland, USA),
Kevin Rice (Process Reversal, USA),
Alex MacKenzie (Iris Film Collective, CAN),
Lindsay McIntyre (CAN), Esther Urlus (Filmwerkplaats, NL) 
Chloe Reyes (EPC, USA), 
Maxime Fuhrer (LABO BXL, B), 
Noélie Martin ( l'Abominable, FR).

Try-outs / Developments

An Autochrome process try-out

The Autochrome is a direct positive (additive) colour photography process invented by the Lumière brothers in 1903. Autochrome plates were created by coating a sheet of glass with microscopic potato starch grains dyed red, green, and blue. These formed a screen of color particles. Carbon or lamp black was applied over the plate, filling in the spaces around the starch grains. Then a (panchromatic) silver gelatin emulsion was applied over the color screen. When the plate was exposed, the base side was turned toward the subject being photographed, and the color screen acted as a filter over the emulsion. The as B&W reversal developed plate rendered a positive color image with delicate color qualities.

More information on the autochrome process and recipes


Mini Madbox Emulsion Coating Device

by Kevin Rice (Process Reversal, Denver)

presented during the International Film Labs Meeting in Nantes

The Mini Madbox is an entry level emulsion coating system aimed at providing a readily available and easy-to-use solution for filmmakers and educators interested in experimenting with emulsion making, but who see coating as a barrier of entry to the process (i.e. Time consuming, costly, inconsistent results, etc.) It's construction and design allow for fairly consistent coatings of photosensitive emulsions onto a variety of different supports for motion picture, including acetate or polyester leaders slit and perforated for 8mm, 16mm and 35mm.


Kevin Rice's slides presentation presented at the Maddox Seminar
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