This workshop will cover the basics to get you started on your analogue film journey. It will explore the differences between Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm, look at some different camera options, talk about the pros and cons of labs versus hand processing, and touch on film editing too. If you've ever wanted to give celluloid a try this is your chance!
Instructor: Chris Spencer-Lowe (CSL)
Christopher Spencer-Lowe (CSL) is an award-winning filmmaker, media artist and performer of unusual works in public. His short TRANSFER (2014), created from found super 8 home movies and semi-autobiographical scripted sequences garnered significant attention and awards at multiple festivals. NOSTALGIACHOLIA, LIVE FROM THE PAST (Halifax, Nocturne Art at Night, 2015), an installation where passers-by were literally projected inside of the home movies of strangers was experienced by over 1,400 participants in one night. Coming full circle, CSL’s third work in the ‘Nostalgiacholia’ trilogy was appropriately co-created by his daughter and inspiration, Harley, from age two to age four. TWO (2016), commissioned by AFCOOP, screened at various festivals and galleries internationally. The short uses fragmented Super 8 photography and treated recordings of Harley and CSL’s two years at home together to re-create the experience of memory in the cinema. CSL‘s short film commission, ALETORIA (2017), established a new cinematic interest for CSL, that of using chance and aleatoric practices to create work in a cinematic context.
Parallel to this direction, CSL formed the performance collective HUMAN DESIRE MACHINE with Czech-Canadian artist Misha Horacek in 2015. The duo combine performance action, movement, live sound creation and expanded cinema elements to create interdisciplinary live performances. The core explorations of HDM lie in the relationships between living bodies and inanimate machines, ritual actions as a force for change and the re-purposing of objects and outmoded technology as dramatic instruments.
CSL is an active member of the Halifax filmmaking and arts community, often teaching film and media art and serving on various boards and committees.
AFCOOP’s NEW Workshop Access Policy
AFCOOP recognizes there are systemic inequities which create barriers for people in accessing film training. In an effort to address and recognize historical and present-day inequities we have created a new pay-what-you-can style pricing plan for our Fall Workshop series. Please feel free to sign up for whatever price-point you are most comfortable with. No questions asked.
$45 - regular rate. This rate covers the cost of paying our instructor (instructors are paid $40/hr) as well as the cost of staff time to organize and promote the workshop.
$25 - reduced rate. This rate makes a contribution towards our costs.
$0 - FREE :) This rate acknowledges that financial means should not be a barrier to becoming a filmmaker.