Community Project – Film Swap

Our film swap project is all about celebrating the accidental, the chance happenings that can’t quite be explained. By teaming up with another film aficionado you will merge two different images into a single frame, not once but thirty six times. It is a collaborative chance project that should render some amazing results. There are two people per team so you need to decide if you want to be the 1st SHOOTER or the 2nd SHOOTER. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose, it’s just that logistically the steps are a little different.
Our Friends at Exposure gallery have helped by sponsoring some film. So to be involved it will only set you back R 25.00/person which will cover the cost of processing and scanning.
Depending on your choice of shooting, follow the appropriate steps below:

1st SHOOTER
• Pick up a roll of 36 exposure ISO 200/400 35mm from Aimee @ Orms in Roeland Street.
• Load the film into your favourite 35mm camera and shoot the entire roll as per normal. Film should be underexposed by 1 stop to compensate for the 2nd exposure. Now comes the tricky part… When you are done shooting your roll of film, you want to rewind it back into the film canister but not all the way. You want to leave about 3/4cm of film (Film leader) sticking out of the film canister (the way it looked when you took it out of the box). If you hold the camera to your ear as you are rewinding you will hear and feel as soon as the film releases from the camera’s film spool. This is when you need to stop rewinding. If you have never done this before and want someone to show you how, pop into ORMS when you are finished shooting your roll of film and they will be glad to help. If you accidentally rewind all the film back into the canister, don’t panic, just take the film into ORMS and they will sort it out for you.
• You can now drop your exposed roll of film back at ORMS with Aimee.
• Wait for us to contact you when your images are ready for collection.
2nd SHOOTER
• Collect any film swap exposed roll of 35mm film from ORMS.
• Load the film into your favourite 35mm camera and shoot the entire roll as per normal. Film should be underexposed by 1 stop to compensate for the 1st exposure. Try and shoot a wide variety of subject. Large simple subjects often work best for double exposure.
• Once you are done shooting the entire roll, rewind the whole film back into the canister and drop the film back off at ORMS for developing (make sure you tell them it is a film swap roll of film). The film will be developed, scanned and cut to disk (one for you and one for the 1st shooter).
• Wait for us to contact you when your images are ready for collection.

TIPS:
• Try shoot a few frames inverted. In other words turn your camera upside down and click.
• Anything on a black background will stand out well
• Don’t wind all the way. Fire off a few frames in-between frames
• Shoot a few words
• Shoot a few silhouettes
• Simple subjects work well

Mail hello@thisisfilm.co.za for more info and to get involved.

 

 

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