Re: Tinting film with blood

From: Mark Toscano (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 16 2010 - 09:33:04 PDT

I know Louise Bourque did this with her menstrual blood for her film JOURS EN FLEURS. According to her Canyon description:

"As a result of incubation in menstrual blood for several months, the original images inscribed on the emulsion undergo violent alterations."

Also, Sarah Biagini is a a filmmaker and MFA at CU Boulder (a housemate of Marcy's, Charles) and she just made some film loops that had something to do with a homemade albumen emulsion and, I think, chicken blood or some kind of chicken effluvia, anyhow. She projected the original loops without reprinting.

As for not cleaning it or printing it, you could try sealing it with some sort of sealer normally used for paintings. Brakhage did this on his hand-painted films, which made them much less prone to flaking or damage, and helped them go pretty easily through printers (and by extension, projectors).

hope this helps!

Mark T

--- On Mon, 3/15/10, Charles Chadwick <email suppressed> wrote:

> From: Charles Chadwick <email suppressed>
> Subject: [FRAMEWORKS] Tinting film with blood
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Monday, March 15, 2010, 11:27 PM
> Hey all. I was wondering, I've been
> toying with the idea of tinting film with blood for nearly
> the last ten years without really actually making an effort
> to do it. But now in a current project I'd like to maybe do
> so. I guess I was just going to try to soak some b/w super8
> in a vat of animal blood for an hour or so and then let it
> dry. I'd like to then transfer it to video, but obviously
> the lab won't let it touch their projector until  the
> film is totally clean, so I was also wondering if the blood
> will actually stain the film to the extent that some trace
> of it will be left after being cleaned off with film cleaner
> or otherwise? I know the obvious answer would be to not
> clean it and simply optically print it onto color 16mm, but
> I'd like to avoid that if possible. Can anyone help me out?
> Thanks!
> -Charles
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