Mobile Frames workshops offer affordable or free training training in all aspects of artistic film production, with particular emphasis on 16mm filmmaking. The workshops are intended to cover a wide variety of techniques and artistic practices. Each workshop is conceived, presented and taught by a visiting international filmmaker during their residency, and engage artists with communities on both sides of the Windsor/Detroit border.
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Resurrect dinosaurs; place your family in a time vacuum or simply abstract, in this workshop we will return the familiar to the strange. Participants will learn how to transform a moving or still image into a completely new context through composition, scale and the migration of mediums. We will look at re-photography techniques and learn how to use a 16mm bolex film camera and high contrast black and white film. Participants are invited to bring in a short piece of digital footage or a still image and will then re-photograph and hand-process the material. At the end of the workshop we will watch the transformed image projected on 16mm.
Led by filmmaker-in-residence Ephraim Asili and local poet and founder of The Bloomfield House, Teajai Travis, this free workshop will interactively explore the intersection of poetry and film. Inspired by the process of Asili’s current film project, participants will film each other using a DSLR camera as they recite poetry in different locations in the downtown core. The workshop will focus on compositional framing, mise en scène, lens focus and light. The acquired footage will be played back on a projector setup at Artcite and later provided to the participants as a DVD copy.
Through discussions, screenings, and by shooting a 16mm film project, workshop attendants will examine the contemporary and historical conventions of representing reality in various non fiction film formats and modes of documentary, including the travelogue, the home movie and reportage while reflecting on subjects like the self in relation to others, and issues concerning intercultural encounters. Working in both crews and individually, participants will learn how to make a 16mm film with a Bolex camera and utilize the greater downtown Windsor area as their set by traveling to a variety of locations to cover particular events, people and natural phenomena. The finished films will then be screened and followed by group discussions.
Kevin Everson leads an interactive workshop on the set of a film he’s creating in Windsor and Detroit. Registrants receive a behind the scenes glimpse into the process of Everson’s practice, while learning the fundamentals of film production by participating in a live film shoot.
Daichi Saito teaches an introduction to 16mm filmmaking workshop. Combining lectures and hands-on activity, this workshop surveys the fundamentals of do-it-yourself filmmaking. Aspects of cinematography including light, camera, lens and film stocks, as well as the properties of film and processing chemicals, are covered. Participants will learn to shoot in 16mm with a Bolex camera, make homemade film processing solutions out of raw chemical ingredients and hand-process their own footage using various techniques. This workshop will prepare participants for further explorations of celluloid filmmaking and experimentation with film processing. All materials are provided. No previous experience with 16mm filmmaking is required.