Re: contact printing

From: Jason Halprin (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Feb 10 2006 - 13:53:58 PST


I just received my copy of Helen Hill's Recipes for Disaster (thanks
Alva!), and one of the last articles in there details this very thing.

I wonder, however, what sort of materials the student has used to paint
on the film? In a pinch something that can be done is to wind the
handmade film (50ft worth) on top of unexposed film onto a daylight
spool, and put them in a camera. Then point the camera at a bright,
white light source (like the sun) and shoot at a slow speed. Be
careful to listen to the camera for any signs that the film has slipped
in the gate, is starting to accordian, or in some other way damage the
handmade film.

Depending on color v B&W and other considerations, a direct contact
print can be made by taping(Sp?) unexposed film to a long piece of
glass, then taping the hand made film over it while lining up sprocket
holes. This is hard to do in complete darkness, and your are of course
limited to the length of the glass. However, if you place another
piece of glass on top and keep the strips short enough, you'll be able
to achieve what I have always deemed acceptable registration and focus.

-Jason Halprin
Chicago

--- jennifer fieber <email suppressed> wrote:

> Actually I'd be curious about this Steenbeck as printer thing too.
> If he
> could post on the list that would be great!
>
> Jennifer
>
>
> >From: 40 Frames Directory <email suppressed>
> >Reply-To: Experimental Film Discussion List
> <email suppressed>
> >To: email suppressed
> >Subject: Re: contact printing
> >Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 10:48:35 -0800
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I am interested in alternatives to optical printing. A student of
> mine
> >has
> > > some beautiful handmade films that she wants to make prints of.
> Since
> >our
> > > optical printer is down, I am wondering if there are other
> alternatives
> > > (besides sending them to the lab)? I read on Frameworks a while
> back
> >that
> > > someone had used an old flatbed as a contact printer. And someone
> else
> > > modified an old microfilm machine. Are either of you out there?
> Could
> >you
> > > give me more details?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Nicole
> >
> >
> >Filmmaker Alex MacKenzie (Van BC) has set-up his old Steenbeck for
> contact
> >printing. You might try contacting him - (address suppressed)
> >
> >
> >Alain LeTourneau
> >
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