Past Workshops

Reversing Reversal

Reversing Reversal: An Introduction to Super-8 Film - SOLD OUT
Instructor: Paddy Hay
Sunday, May 1, 2022
11am-4pm
In-person at Shapeshifters Cinema

This one-day workshop, led by Paddy Hay, a member of the Melbourne, Australia-based Artist Film Workshop, will be geared towards anyone interested in Super-8 filmmaking, and especially for those interested in learning B&W negative processing for the first time. Participants will shoot on B&W reversal film, but process as a negative. Why B&W negative? In a nutshell, it gives greater exposure latitude (especially good for dodgy, old S-8 cameras) and a faster processing time. Also much safer...no bleach! Potassium Dichromate, the essential ingredient of B&W bleach mixture, is a highly toxic carcinogen. Various techniques for shooting film and recording sound will be discussed. The workshop aims to equip participants with a better understanding of how to approach small-gauge film ideas that might rely upon sync sound (documentary ideas, for instance). People with little or zero experience with these mediums are very welcome and encouraged to participate! Space is limited to 8 participants. SOLD OUT



Opening the Family Album Workshop with Lynne Sachs

Opening the Family Album - SOLD OUT
Instructor: Lynne Sachs
Thursday, April 7, 2022
5-7pm
(immediately preceding the screening of Lynne's documentary Film About a Father Who)
In-person at Shapeshifters Cinema
Admission: $20
($18 for Shapeshifters and Cinematheque members)
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for attendance

Opening the Family Album is a two-hour workshop in which participants will explore the ways in which images of family members might become material for the making of a personal film. Each participant will come to the workshop with a single photograph (both in hand and digital) they want to examine. During the workshop, participants will write text in response to this image by incorporating storytelling and performance. In the process, we will discuss and challenge notions of truth-telling and language. Your final work will then be a live narration with image. This workshop is inspired by the work of Italian novelist Natalia Ginzburg, whose writing explores family relationships during the Fascist years and World War II. Ginzburg was a prescient artist who enjoyed mixing up conventional distinctions between fiction and non-fiction: “Every time that I have found myself inventing something in accordance with my old habits as a novelist, I have felt compelled at once to destroy it. The places, events, and people are all real.” SOLD OUT



Animation workshop with Jeremy Rourke

Animation Workshop - SOLD OUT
Instructor: Jeremy Rourke
Saturday, March 12, 2022
10am-4pm
In-person at Shapeshifters Cinema
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for attendance

Join us for a one-day, introductory animation workshop bonanza with the multi-dimensional artist and animator, Jeremy Rourke. By the end of this 6-hour session he promises that you will leave with a pixellation of yourself, a claymation, a cut paper collage animation and a flipbook! SOLD OUT



Material Cinema Workshop with Ellie Vanderlip

Material Cinema Workshop - SOLD OUT
Instructor: Ellie Vanderlip
Sunday, December 5, 2021
11-4:30pm
In-person at Shapeshifters Cinema
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for in-person attendance
$40 (includes materials)

Learn how to re-purpose castaway mid-century 16mm film through scratching, painting, puncturing, boiling, bleaching, and more in this hands-on material cinema bonanza with filmmaker Ellie Vanderlip. Together we will review various "destructive" methods and examples and then jump in to experimenting ourselves, with each student creating their own sample reel of techniques to take home. Film and art materials will be provided. SOLD OUT



soaked film workshop with greta snider

OFF LABEL! Soaked-Film Photography Workshop - SOLD OUT
Instructor: Greta Snider
Sunday, October 3 (1-4pm) and Sunday, October 17 (10am-4pm)
Day 1 we will meet virtually on Zoom / Day 2 will be in-person at Shapeshifters Cinema
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for in-person attendance
$60 (includes all materials) / $45 (if you can provide your own camera)

In this two-part, hybrid (on-line and in-person) workshop, participants will learn all about the practice of soaked film or "film soup" — an alternative film developing process providing wildly unpredictable images using various found substances and consumer C-41 chemistry. Participants will shoot their own still images, either on disposable cameras (provided), or with their own cameras (film will be provided); soak their film, take notes, and then reconvene for a day of in-person sharing, developing, and digital scanning. We will close with a demonstration of how this process can be adapted for motion picture experimentation. SOLD OUT



found footage filmmaking with Craig Baldwin

Found Footage Filmmaking - SOLD OUT
Instructor: Craig Baldwin
Sunday, September 12, 2021
1-5PM
In-person at Shapeshifters Cinema
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for attendance
$45, includes materials

This 4-hour, one-day, in-person workshop intensive with San Francisco experimental filmmaker/curator/cultural phenomenon Craig Baldwin will introduce participants into the world of hands-on, analog 16mm film editing. Students will not only get a direct, human-scale experience with celluloid, but will also come to new understandings of the sources and provenances of mid-century “orphan” material and possible Art World destinations of re-purposed and “redeemed“ works. SOLD OUT



experimental cyanotype workshop with Kate Lain

Experimental Cyanotypes on Fabric and Paper - SOLD OUT!
Instructor: Kate Lain
April 18th, 2021 11-1:30pm PST and April 25th, 2021 11am-1pm PST
Meeting via live video

Cyanotype is a blue-and-white photographic process dating back to the 1840s. In this at-a-distance introductory workshop, we will explore creating cyanotypes on both paper and cotton fabric using sunlight, water, plant matter, and found objects. You’ll get a kit in the mail containing pre-treated paper and fabric, along with some other goodies, and artist Kate Lain will walk you through the process of exposing and developing cyanotypes via Zoom. The emphasis of the workshop will be on experimentation and playing with materials, rather than on precision. SOLD OUT



found sound with Cheryl Leonard

Found Sound
Instructor: Cheryl Leonard
March 14th, 2021 1-4pm PST and March 21st, 2021 2-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

Explore techniques for making and recording unusual sounds in this two-day workshop led by composer/instrument-builder/field recordist Cheryl E. Leonard. On Day One participants will learn about different types of microphones, and conventional and unconventional ways to use them. Next, we’ll experiment with producing sounds from natural and manmade found objects. Together we’ll investigate a range of playing techniques, use microphones to access sounds that are normally inaudible, and consider strategies for playing materials in situ and assembling objects into “instruments.” The day concludes with a discussion of field recording tips and techniques, and a Q&A session. Participants are encouraged to continue their sonic explorations between classes and return with something to share on Day Two. We’ll also have time then to discuss specific challenges, concerns, and eureka moments that participants encountered.



collage by Faith Arazi

Cut & Paste: Collage As a Means of Experimentation & Play
Instructor: Faith Arazi
Sunday, February 7, 2021
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

Collage is a simple creative act that anyone can learn to do easily, and the possibilities it provides are endless! In this one-day workshop, led by Faith Arazi, participants will be introduced to a variety of tools, mediums and styles to discover and develop their own unique voice and aesthetic. Together we will: discuss various sources for finding materials; talk about design motifs and ideas in collage theory; approach digital, analog, and hybrid processes; determine applications outside the standard frame; and look at the integration of collage into different genres, including animation and found footage filmmaking; all while practicing our mantra — play, play, play!



phytogram

Back by popular demand!
Nontoxic Cameraless Filmmaking: Phytograms and Other Interventions
Instructor: Greta Snider
Sunday, December 6, 2020
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

There was so much interest in this workshop, that we are bringing it back! Filmmaker and educator Greta Snider, will lead us as we experiment with plants and other materials printed directly onto film, in a relatively uncomplicated, daylight process using nontoxic developer and fixer, 35mm film and re-usable gloves.



Eco Brew Workshop

Eco-Brew: Hand-Processing with Beer and Other Natural Materials
Instructors: Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo
Sunday, November 29, 2020
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

Why use toxic chemistry to develop your Super 8, 8mm, 16mm or 35mm film when you can get fantastic results with ingredients from your own garden and kitchen?

In this one-day workshop, led by Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo of Echo Park Film Center, participants will learn how to use beer, coffee, flowers and other organic materials to make their own eco-friendly developers for photographic and motion-picture film. A companion workshop to Kitchen Pot Alchemy: Beer-making for Filmmakers, this workshop includes a brief discussion on the history and chemistry of eco-processing, helpful hints for setting up a processing lab at home, and step-by-step instructions on your own tasty organic cinematic brews. DIY Echo Eco textbook included!



kitchen pot alchemy

Kitchen Pot Alchemy: Beer-making for Filmmakers
Instructor: Gilbert Guerrero
Saturday, November 21, 2020
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

In this one-day workshop, led by Shapeshifters Co-director and owner of Temescal Homebrewing Gilbert Guerrero, participants will learn how to brew a one-gallon batch of beer using simple ingredients and equipment found in their own kitchens. This workshop includes a brief discussion on the history and chemistry of beer brewing and step-by-step instructions on mashing, sparging, boiling, cooling, and pitching the yeast to make your own beer. The end product will be a seasonal beer that can either be consumed or used as an alternative film processing solution (in a second workshop: Eco-Brew, see below!).



phytogram by Greta Snider

Nontoxic Cameraless Filmmaking: Phytograms and Other Interventions
Instructor: Greta Snider
Sunday, October 25, 2020
1:00-4:00pm
Meeting via live video

In this workshop led by filmmaker and educator Greta Snider, we will experiment with plants and other materials printed directly onto film, in a relatively uncomplicated, daylight process using nontoxic developer and fixer, 35mm film and re-usable gloves.



Cato postcards

Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour with Kristin Cato
Saturday, October 3, 2020
4:00-6:00pm
Meeting via live video

Join us for our second Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour led by artist and activist Kristin Cato where we will learn a bit about the history of mail art, then apply some aesthetic efforts toward swinging and swaying voters with our own collective action!



still by Ellie Vanderlip

Virtual Material Cinema Happy Hour with Ellie Vanderlip
Saturday, September 26, 2020
3:00-6:00pm
Meeting via live video

Join filmmaker Ellie Vanderlip and Shapeshifters Cinema for a Virtual Material Cinema Happy Hour! This 3-hour workshop will cover a plethora of techniques for physically manipulating 16mm film, from bleaching to scratch animation. Attendees will be provided with a small packet of special tools and 16mm found footage clippings to play with.



Cato postcards

Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour with Kristin Cato
Saturday, August 22, 2020
4:00-6:00pm
Meeting via live video

Join us for the Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour led by artist and activist Kristin Cato where we will learn a bit about the history of mail art, then apply some aesthetic efforts toward swinging and swaying voters with our own collective action!



Hallucinations

Experimental Animation Workshop with Lydia Greer
August 1, 2 & 29, 2020
1:00-3:30pm, each day
Meeting via live video

This 2-day on-line workshop (with an optional 3rd day), led by experimental animator and educator Lydia Greer, is an introductory overview of experimental animation, including the history, methods, and techniques used by artists working with non-linear and experimental animation methods. Resources will be provided so that you can get started on your own research and inquiry.