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Handmade Film Workshop


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th April 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Vicky Smith

In this workshop artist film maker Vicky Smith will guide you to make creative marks, splashes and scratches directly on to a piece of filmstrip using a variety of materials and body parts to make unique handmade cinema which extends the usual notions of physical film vocabulary. We will consider the materials and context of the genre and cover methods and approaches, such as animation and frameless-ness and formal elements such as pattern, texture and rhythm, and we'll watch your handmade films together.

DAY 1 

10.00: TALK meet, introductions overview

10.30: TALK introduction to my work part 1: How I got started in handmade film

11: 30: DEMO first steps - 16mm filmstrip fundamentals with a focus on clear leader

12: 00 ACTIVITY: Group practice with clear film loop, in small groups to a theme.

14:00:  SCREENING/DISCUSSION : works on clear film including Dresden Dynamo; Nosy Licking

15: 00:  DEMO tools and methods

15: 30 ACTIVITY: complete loop  and screen it

DAY 2:

10.00: TALK introduction to my work part 2: body as printing machine

11: 00: DEMO: Refining & controlling marks & consideration of pace and the role of sound

12:00: ACTIVITY: Group construction of black film loop

14:00:  SCREENING/DISCUSSION: works on black film Primal; Small Things Moving in Unison; Free Radicals by Len Lye Aldo Tambellini

15: 00:  ACTIVITY: complete loop  and screen it

DAY 3: Monday

10: 00: DEMO:  TECHNOLOGIES 16mm splicer; 16mm projector

11:00: ACTIVITY: individual work on strips and/or loops with possible inclusion of found footage and fogged neg

15:00: SCREENING/DISCUSSION of all work made

About the Tutor

Vicky Smith is an artist film maker and academic who has worked in experimental animation and 16mm film for 30 years and has screened work internationally in galleries and at festivals.

Vicky was part of the London Film Makers Co-op, has a PhD in experimental film, is co-founder of artist collective Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF) in Bristol and lectures at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


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In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


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