Students still aspire to shoot on film

As part of its ongoing programme to inspire tomorrow’s filmmakers with the creative possibilities of image capture on film emulsion, Kodak hosts various student workshops all over the world. ARRI supports these workshops by providing state-of-the art equipment, allowing the students to learn their craft on the latest tools the industry has to offer.

There are three types of event: the ‘Stop by. Shoot Film’ workshops offer a basic introduction to Super 16 filmmaking; the ‘Workshop for Professionals’ extols the benefits of 35 mm acquisition to directors, producers, DoPs, production managers and agency staff; and the ‘Cinematography Workshop’ specifically targets DoPs with an in-depth study of 35 mm techniques and practices.

Most recently, a three-day ‘Stop by Shoot Film’ event was held in Greece, as part of the 33rd annual film festival in the aptly named town of Drama. The goal of the workshop was to demystify working with film cameras, explore the incredible potential of Kodak’s latest film stocks and illustrate that shooting Super 16 is no more complicated than shooting digitally. ARRIFLEX 416 cameras were provided by ARRI, so the students were able to learn in the best possible way – by actually getting their hands on and shooting with the most advanced Super 16 mm cameras ever manufactured.

The workshop was led by two local cinematographers, Klotsotiras and Katerina Maragoudaki, which of course made communication with the students much easier. “Everyone really appreciated the experience,” notes Kodak’s Sophie-Claire Simon, who helped coordinate the event. “It was welcomed so warmly by the students that our Greek team had to organize an extra day the following week, so the attendees could visit the laboratory and watch rushes of the material they had shot. It certainly made them really think about shooting some of their upcoming projects on film; they even requested a week-long workshop for next year!”

Dimitra Morou, Finance and Operations Manager for Kodak in Greece, attended the event and also helped set it up. “We were expecting about 10 participants, but we finished the first day with more than 20 and by the second and third days we had 32,” she says. “Even participants that hadn't sent a registration form were very excited to participate; you could see their admiration for the film and the camera. The workshop was held in a very friendly atmosphere and many of the students realized that they had misunderstood the truth about film - about how easy and cheap it is to shoot on film.”