The course focuses on two broad issues: understanding 16mm celluloid film
as a hands-on artistic medium, from its chemistry to its practical applications,
and exploring how filmmaking can relate to the environs of the San Juan Islands. We will
study in depth how photochemical film works. From this knowledge, we will address, on the
one hand, the standard commercial materials and processes and how to use and manipulate them,
and, on the other, how to create our own materials and processes, as well as places and ways to work.
We will project films on the ocean's shore, under the stars.
Meanwhile, we will make numerous expeditions to locations around Orcas and other islands,
exploring the marine environment on land and both on and under water.
The week will be filled with screenings, discussions, lectures, and immersion in a beautiful
place. Plan to arrive on Saturday, June 3rd, and stay through Saturday night, June 10th,
leaving Sunday morning, June 11th. Saturday night will be our final
party and screening of what we've done.
We will be working mostly in 16mm, and may also use some Super 8 depending on the interests
of the participants. We will have several Bolex and Kodak Cine Special cameras, as well
as a Bell and Howell Underwater camera (and feel free to bring Your Own Camera, if you
All chemistry will be provided, as well as standard film stocks (Kodak 7163 HiCon,
7302 B+W print Stock, and Double X).
We will have printing and editing equipment, projectors, souund recorders, microphones, etc..
Free (and beautiful) camping is the suggested way to go. The waether is mild and dry at
this time of year. A limited number of rooms are
also available for an additional fee; please contact us right away if you're interested
Meals are an integral part of the experience, and all the food is vegan and as local as
possible, prepared by our amazing chef, Cynthia Sliker -- though we may include some local
seafood that we catch ourselves!
The workshop cost is $850 US / $750 US student, which includes film, film equipment and chemistry,
classes, class materials, camping, food, and transportation on the island. Transportation
to and from Orcas Island is not included.
We will pick you up at either the ferry terminal or float plane dock on Orcas.
We are thinking about running a shuttle from the Seattle airport, depending on how many
folks are interested. Please let us know if you're interested!
From the anywhere but Canada, you would probably fly into Seattle, then take the
Anacortes ferry terminal, and get on a ferry to Orcas island
(Note that the summer schedule isn't up yet...).
The shuttle runs $61 round trip, and the ferry is $12.05. Please check the schedules at
the links above and see what works.
Alternatively, you can fly directly to Orcas Island by float plane on
to Rosario (which is beautiful, but
much more expensive).
You may pay in full, or start by paying a deposit. A deposit of US$300 will hold your place in the camp. The balance of US$550/$450 (for a total of $850/$750) is due
on or before arrival at the camp. Both the deposit and balance are non-refundable, except in the very unlikely event of
cancellation on our part.
Please send your check to:
Handmade Film Insitute
1124 Ridge Road
Ward, CO 80481
* Please make sure that you are in communication with us before paying online! We need to make sure that there is still space!