Handmade Emulsion: DIY Film

October 19, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Paul Krot Community Darkroom
115 Empire St
Fl 2, Providence
Chris Anderson

$90: Making/Coating + Shooting/Processing
Mon. 10/19, 5-11pm + Tue. 10/20, noon-5pm


Yes! This is a workshop for hand crafting photosensitive emulsions for 16mm motion picture film (but also applicable to other photographic systems); we’ll cover in high detail the chemistry, physics and practical issues of the process through direct, hands on experiences and discussions…

While in no way a replacement for commercially produced film stocks, hand making and coating silver gelatin emulsions can lead to new and creative ways of forming cinematic images. In this two day workshop, participants will learn to exercise this technique by adopting various D-I-Y strategies to generate black & white emulsions for both in-camera photography and printing purposes. Along the way, theories concerning emulsion chemistry and production will also be discussed so that participants can expand upon them in their own work. Finally, the basic procedures for cinematography, photo-processing and contact printing will be demonstrated, forming a complete practical overview of the silver-gelatin process.

In the end, you’ll end up with an understanding on how to make and work with emulsion (and probably nitrate-stained hands if you didn’t wear your gloves!) Kevin will also be providing you with access to an extensive library of resources you’ll be able to cherish forever. Heck.. you can even get in touch with him after if you get stuck in a bind!

*There are no requirements for attending this workshop, though previous experience with film processing is strongly recommended.

Instructor: Kevin Rice
, of Process Reversal
Originating from Denver, Colorado, Kevin Rice is a ‘film archivist’ whose practice focuses on the study of photochemical theories, the development of lab resources for filmmakers, and the documentation of various darkroom odysseys on motion picture film.
He has taught and screened work at several artist-run film labs including no.w.here London, l’abominable Paris, Klubvizija Zagreb and Laborberlin. In 2012, he helped found Process Reversal, a film collective dedicated to producing resources for filmmakers and film labs.
His most recent efforts include the engineering of a b&w reversal process based on the properties of seawater for an adaptation of Homer’s Epic Cycle.

Since 2012, Process Reversal has been producing several educational programs oriented towards the promotion of the argentic arts, including travelling workshops and screenings that have visited over 20 countries and 50 discreet film communities around the world. Today, Process Reversal continues to operate these programs, but has also expanded into charitable initiatives to help further achieve its purpose. This includes the Film Labs Program which aims to supply celluloid oriented communities (especially those in the US) with the necessary resources to build, operate and maintain public facilities for working with and presenting on motion picture film. Among those resources, Process Reversal has been fortunate enough to receive donations of countless pieces of essential equipment — including projectors, contact printers, optical printers and optical sound camera — which it plans to distribute to these communities and train them in their maintenance and operation. In addition to this, Process Reversal also offers financial support in both passive (e.g. fiscal sponsorship) and active forms.