You're going to grad school for FILM? How COOL! But you know there's no money in that, right" SERIES: Film & Media Boot Camp DAY TWO, THREE, & FOUR

So after the first day of bootcamp, I assumed I would somewhat have time to keep everyone updated on what I was learning and doing but I am here to tell you, grad school is BUSY. It barely warrants any time for much of anything but your work and some sleep that you'd do anything to get, even if it was just for a few minutes. BUT I am still thoroughly enjoying being able to live out my dream of learning the ins and outs of filmmaking from filmmakers who currently have documentaries out and have been working in the industry for years now. I am extremely sorry for the wait. This post includes everything I learned in week one of bootcamp.


What you see here is a camera film with 400 speed, reel, and film holder. These things, as well as scissors and a old-fashioned bottle or can opener, are used to begin the process of processing the film out of your camera.

This is the film after the can opener is used to pry off the end of the tube and the film comes out rolled on the tube roll above.


We were given practice film to learn how to roll the film onto the reel. Though this may seem like a simple task, it is not. You must remove the film as pictured above in a pitch black room with no lights so no one's film is mistakingly developed before it goes through the chemicals in film processing. 

It is best to handle your film around the edges, lightly pinching it so to not crack the emulation back on the film and ruin your photos. There are two metal prongs within each reel that you must feel for in order to hook the sprocket holds on the end of your film roll to attach it and begin the process of rolling the film onto the reel. Above you can see my practice film and reel. This was done in the dark and is correct. The remaining film you see curled on the side was rolled on the reel as well. 

After the film is correctly rolled onto the film reel and checked by an expert (our professor or her grad assistants) we place the reel or reels into a metal canister with one large top and one small top. These plastic tops are an integral part of the process. Once the reels are secured inside the canister with the large top on, you exit the pitch dark room and enter the room to begin processing your film with Kodak D-76, water, perma wash, and photo flow. Each liquid is poured in and out of your canister through the small opening that the small plastic top covers on the top of your canister. This process is very important and warrants patience because one wrong step could ruin your whole roll of film and cause you to lose your photos. Above you'll see the reminder paper that hangs above the wet sink in which you process your film. If you look closely, you can read what you must do with each chemical and for how long.


Once you are done with the film processing, you remove the reel from the canister and unroll the film. As you are unrolling the film, you place it in between your pointer and middle fingers and do a process known as "squeegee." This is where you place the film in between those fingers and slide them down to remove excess water from the film. After this, the long roll of film is placed in a dryer for 15 mins until it is dry. Once completely dried, the film is cut into strips of 5 photos each and placed in the film protector slide sheets. From here you analyze your negatives and find what photos you'd like to process and print in the dark room. In my post capturing week two of bootcamp, I will include some of my processed photos.


In my second class we have been learning important parts of what it takes to properly film a production and the ins and outs of different video and DSLR cameras. Our main focuses have been the cameras, lighting, and the story that is being told based on the camera angles and lighting by analyzing film stills from our favorite movies. The most important things that I have taken away from this class thus far is that the camera is just a plastic box with a magnifying glass. We do not work for it, it works for us. 

Analyzing the video camera Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder.

After learning the camera, we were instructed to go out record a conversation in groups. I am behind the camera and pictured are two of my classmates. This was not the angle from which the video was filmed.


I hope that you enjoyed the middle and end of my first week in bootcamp. Tomorrow will be my last week but I will be sure to upload WEEK TWO and THREE when I have the time and this week is complete.

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