Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bolex School is on sabbatical

Bolex school will reopen sometime in the future. The teacher is busy making a living in community TV. Meanwhile, you can check Gordon Nelson's blog to see what the teacher is up to.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Class 13 Tuesday, July 19

Transfer, screen and discuss all works in progress. Edit. Add sound.

The next meeting (7/21) is the final class. Please bring all projects to the final meeting for screening.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Class 12 Thursday, July 14

Please note: Our final class is July 21, 1 week from tonight. All work must be screened that night.

Watch and discuss works in progress. Edit

DUE: Final project rushes

Assignment: Take final film to fine cut with sound

ALSO if you are in Cambridge, MA this Monday, July 18. Please come to the VISION BLAST free outdoor screening programmed by your instructor. More info HERE

Monday, July 11, 2011

Class 11 Tuesday, July 12

Maximizing digital video as a film production tool; Shooting titles and 2-D artwork; Further use of editing software and hardware

Assignment: Edit your existing footage and bring any new footage to class for video transfer


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Class 10, Thursday, July 7

Hand processing movie film

We will experiment with hand processing 16mm film in the darkroom in the Kennedy Building, 6th floor. Bring any 16mm B&W film for processing.

DOWNLOAD directions for hand processing HERE.

LINK and LINK to further readings on the subject of hand-processing movie film.

Class 9 – Tuesday, July 5

Beyond basic cinematography; characteristics of prime vs. zoom lenses; macro; reading light

SHOOT 100' of Tri-X for hand processing on Thursday 7/7

Reading: Notes on Marie Menken

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Class 8 - Thursday, June 30

Discuss final projects; short film ideas; view examples; Navigating the film lab

Assignment: Begin shooting final projects



Film finishing cost scenarios

Link to a cinematic comic book story

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Class 7 – Tuesday, June 28

Demonstrate simple video transfer; demonstrate editing, Edit class shoot.

Screen rushes for DOCUMENT PROJECT

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Class 6 - Thursday, June 23

The characteristics of sound for film; Microphone types and pick-up patterns; Analog and digital recording; Techniques of sound recording; Sound transfer to computer; editing theory, continuity, montage; Watch examples; View Document project rough cuts

Assignment: Pincus & Ascher Chapters 12 & 13

Create a treatment and storyboard for your Final Project

DOWNLOAD the manual for the Marantz PMD 660 Sound Recorder HERE

HANDOUT: Microphone types

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Class 5 – Tuesday, June 21

Demonstrate Projection; demonstrate simple video transfer; demonstrate editing, Edit class shoot.

Assignment: Pincus & Ascher Chapter 9 & pp 288-303

Create a treatment and storyboard for your Final Project


Since the class shoot is still being processed, we will partake in a "handmade film" exercise/workshop.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Class 4 - Thursday, June 16

Composition for the moving image; screen direction & 180 degree rule Demonstrate lighting equipment; Assembling a kit bag; Lighting: natural, stylistic, motivated, unmotivated.

Assignment: Pincus & Ascher Chapter 5

READING: Phi phenomenon & Persistence of Vision & Aspect Ratio


WATCH a film about Persistence of Vision:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

GUIDE: Mailing 16mm Film to a Lab

Please select a lab from the resources column. For B&W reversal, use PAC Lab in NYC until Cinelab reopens.


[]Call the lab to make sure they are operating AND make sure they process the type of film that you have

Inside your package that you send to the lab:

[] Film is boxed inside it’s original package, sealed with tape and packed in such a way that it is not rattling. Your name and phone number should appear on the film box.

Enclose the lab's printable order form or a note that includes:

[]Your legible name and complete return address

[]The type of return shipping you desire (1st class mail, Priority Mail, UPS, FED-EX, etc.)

[]Your payment (Postal money order or your credit card number with expiration date PLUS specify whether it’s a Visa or Mastercard and write your name as it appears on the card)

On your outgoing package:

[]Legibly printed or typed full address of the lab, including the zip code

[]Your name and return address

[]Correct postage

Monday, June 13, 2011

Class 3 - Tuesday, June 14


Shoot a test roll of 100’ of Kodak Tri-x film with a Bolex

Demonstrate lighting equipment.

Assignment: Read Ascher & Pincus Chapters 8 & 11

Begin shooting DOCUMENT project

Here is a blank storyboard page suitable for printing.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Available 16mm Equipment for this class

MassArt Audio Visual Services


9:00am - 7:00pm M-Th
9:00am - 5:00pm F

Contact Information
Inquiries and Reservations: 617-879-7160

Film Equipment:

4 - Bolex Camera kits:

(1) Bolex H16 Reflex camera

(1) Sekonic L-398A light meter

3 - Manfrotto 3126 tripod

1 - Kern-Paillard Switar H16RX variable zoom lens (16-100mm)

1 - Kern-Paillard Switar 75mm lens

3 - Kern-Paillard Switar 25mm lens

1 - Kern-Paillard Switar 16mm lens

2 - Kern-Paillard Switar 10mm lens

2 - Kern-Paillard Yvar 75mm lens

Lighting Equipment:

2 - Lowell light kits:

(2)Omni lights (500W) halogen bulbs

(1)Tota light (750 W) halogen bulb

1 - DIVA-LITE 200 light kit:

(1) Kino-Flo light unit

(2) Tungsten bulbs

(2) Daylight bulbs

1 - Impact light stand for Kino-Flo

Sound Equipment:

2 - Sound recorder kits:

(1) Marantz PMD 660 recorder

(1) AC Adapter

(1) Sennheiser e815 S mic

(1) USB cable

(1) RCA to 1/8” stereo audio cable

(1) XLR audio cable

Class 2 - Thursday, June 9

Reversal Film Stock; Camera and lens characteristics; Exposure control; Cinematography concepts; depth-of –field; Bolex H16RX Camera; Sekonic light meter

Assignment: Read Ascher & Pincus Chapters 2 & 3

Begin planning & shooting DOCUMENT project

DOCUMENT PROJECT: Working individually or in pairs, students will document a subject of their choice using a single roll of 16mm Kodak TRI-X black and white reversal film. Use a variety of shot sizes and lens focal lengths to describe and bring out some unusual aspects of your subject. Keep your subject in focus and correctly exposed. Finished projects should be 1-2 minutes total running time. Works in progress will be viewed on June 23 and finished projects are DUE on June 28.

Bolex Shutter Speeds with Sekonic Meter setting:

Download a Sekonic L-398 Light Meter Quick InstructionsHERE.

Download a Bolex H-16 manual HERE.

Here is a video demo I made on loading the Bolex camera. Click HERE to watch on Youtube because it is cropped on this blogsite.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

16mm Film Production is back in session SUMMER 2011 EDITION

Class 1 – Tuesday, June 7

Introduction to the class; Policies; Types of projects that will be possible; Film production workflow; Review costs and other materials; Overview of 16mm film history and background

DOWNLOAD the syllabus

Assignment: Read Ascher & Pincus Chapters 1 & 4

HERE is a list of famous films made in 16mm format

HERE is a link to the suggested textbook. THE FILMMAKERS HANDBOOK by Asher & Pincus. The older edition may be used.


Buying 16mm Film, Summer 2011

The easiest way to buy film stock is to go to the counter of the SMFA Store located at 230 Fenway next to MassArt. Contact the School Store at 617-369-3889

Summer Hours (beginning June 7, 2010)

Monday–Thursday 8:30 am–8 pm

Friday 9 am–12 pm

Saturday + Sunday Closed

Your instructor will also have limited quantities of fresh stock available for cost. Please pay with cash and let me know in advance by email if you need me to bring film to class.

Black and White 16mm is $18.00 per 100' roll

This is what a new box of TRI X film looks like:

Saturday, March 26, 2011

MassArt's 16mm Film Production Class SUMMER SESSION BEGINS JUNE 7, 2011

16mm Film Production taught by Gordon Nelson
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays June 7 through July 21, 2011

In this hands-on course students develop, produce, shoot, and edit a series of short films, learning the technicalities and structure of filmmaking along the way. Topics include camera operation, sound, lighting, nonsynchronous recording, and short-film genres. Students pay for film stock and processing; camera and editing equipment are provided by MassArt.