tints and tones

This is an experiment I found a couple days ago, some tests I did with tints and tones a while ago. I’m calling it tintonetest, for a lack of something more meaningful. It was masked with paint markers, then toned with Berg’s tones and then the paint mask was removed. other parts were double-toned which created a posterizing effect (because I used hardening fixer, I believe.)


And, another random clip I found, floating around the server. Not sure I remember making it, but here it is, so I must’ve. It a test of tints and tones, and posterizing. I believe it’s the hardener in the fix that is changing how the tones react with the emulsion. This is slowed down a bunch, digitally. And I should really give a thanks to Hank and Lily, who let me mangle their beautiful song – it’s from their album called North America, and completely unrecognizable in this clip.

RIP: A Remix Manifesto


I saw the film “RIP: A Remix Manifesto” by Brett Gaylor at this year’s Victoria Film Festival.  In the spirit of the film , I pirated parts of the film onto 16mm Black and White film with my bolex, then hand-processed, tinted and toned it, then composited it digitally. The soundtrack is an old jazz show, recorded from an old reel-to-reel and mangled on the computer. You can find the origuinal film here: http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/rip-a-remix-manifesto/ – go watch it.

You’re welcome to remix the film yourself at http://www.opensourcecinema.org/



Another film made for this year’s “My Victoria.” Abstract 16mm black and white, tinted, toned and layered. The words were an afterthought, because the film had to have something to do with Victoria.

And I just started a twitter account. You can find it here: http://twitter.com/oilyfilms


My Bolex died. In the middle of a shoot. This is the last thing it recorded. I’m calling it “Swansong.”

My friend Gerald Saul, who has been making a film-a-week this year as well (and, unlike me, is keeping up with it) did a series of films called “How to be an Experimental Filmmaker”

I like the idea, so I made a list that accompanies this week’s film

  • How to be an Experimental Filmmaker
  • Step #1 – Use old, antiquated equipment
  • Step #2  – Get professionals to be your on-screen talent. Make sure they have flown in from another country
  • Step #3 – Forget to close the gate on the camera. Blame the old equipment. (see Step #1)
  • Step #4  Have the camera completely break down half-way through the shoot (see Step #1)
  • Step #5 – Tint and tone the blurry footage and release it on the internet
  • Step #6 – Pretend that the film ended up exactly as you had planned.

The ghostly image is Carly Berrett, an incredible modern dancer from Utah. We met during MediaNet’s Dance for the Camera Workshop a couple weeks ago. Lots of fun. Embarrassing that half of the footage didn’t work out.  

Fortunately, most of the other footage worked out and will be made into a different film, the film I had initially intended to do (without some of the parts.) Still a lot of post production to do on that, so in the meantime, here is the final film that ran through my Bolex. I find it mesmerizing.

Mike Wolske made the soundtrack, but I played around with it a bit.

Moon Over Sombrio

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube videoHere it is – moon over sombrio – exercise #4 of 2008. It was shot on 16mm Black and White film on Sombrio Beach. I spent this afternoon in the basement, toning it with yellow, brown and blue, and am quite pleased with the results. It’s a little slow, but I find it mesmerizing. There were no digital tricks – this is what the actual film looks like (well, I inverted it with the computer, because I shot it on neg film, and slowed it down a bit) – but all of the detail and texture and colour is on the film itself. I’m thinking about sending it to the lab to get an actual print made….we’ll see… Thanks to Mike Wolske for the music.

lily fawn, victoria symphonyIt has been an exciting weekend. I spent Saturday at the Victoria Symphony for their Reel Music performance…It was incredible; I’m still glowing from the experience. Four incredible scores by Peter Mundinger, Marc Baril, Dino Giancola and Gilles Bellemare, set to the short film “Lily”. I’m honoured to have such talented people composing for my work. And the orchestra was stellar. Top notch. Here’s a pic I snuck at the show – I hope that it doesn’t upset anyone – I really wanted some video, but that wasn’t going to happen.

Tobin Stokes, the composer in residence at the symphony was a great host and all-around super guy, and I finally got to meet Ann Marie Flemming, a fellow British Columbian Filmmaker, whose short film “Running” was also screening with 4 different composed scores. Fun stuff.
And now it’s time to get ready for the Victoria Film Festival that’s starting this on February 1st. Woohoo!

And here’s a better quality downloadable quicktime version of Moon over Sombrio:


I decided that 2008 would be the year to make a film every week and post it to my blog. Each of them will be less than a minute, and will give me a good excuse to experiment. This is the first week, and first film of the year. It was shot on 16mm B&W film, scratched and toned. The lovely and talented Rozalind MacPhail made the music.

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A friend of mine, Gerald Saul, in Regina, is doing the same thing, a film a week in 2008.
You can find his blog here: http://geraldsaul.blogspot.com/