Author Archives: Brian Virostek

About Brian Virostek

Member of the Film Laboratory and Photography Darkroom Co-operative.

Super 8 Workshop at Main Film

People often comment on the rich texture and colour of Super 8 film; however, Super 8 is also a great teacher. While the cameras are simplified, they have manual controls which demand more attention to the moment of filming. The … Continue reading

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Colour Reversal Revival in Montreal

Many independent filmmakers enjoy working with colour reversal film for its saturated, high-contrast colours, as well as its fine grain. As Marianne Ploska explained in her post The E6 Situation in Montreal, working with Super8 colour reversal was more difficult … Continue reading

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Optical Printing and Contact Printing at Main Film

Main Film is a film co-operative in Montreal. Their mandate is to facilitate, stimulate and promote independent filmmaking. They rent equipment to independent filmmakers, provide workshops, and organize events and screenings. In May, I had the opportunity to give a … Continue reading

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Equipment at La Cuve

Here is a quick list of the equipment we have: Lomo Spiral Tanks 2 x 50′ of Super 8 or 16 mm 1 x 100′ of 16 mm or 35 mm Morse G3 Tanks 1 x 100′ of Super 8, … Continue reading

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Black and White Negative Processing

La Cuve film processing co-operative held its first film processing workshop on February 20th, 2013. We presented everything you needed to know to effectively and safely process black and white negative film. In the workshop we: reviewed the laboratory process … Continue reading

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Processing Motion Picture Film with the Kodak Prostar

The Kodak Prostar is an automated film processing machine originally designed for black and white microfilm. A group of interested analog filmmakers in Montreal acquired one, and after carefully restoring it, began to use it to process motion picture film. … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Kodak Prostar

A group of interested experimental film makers in Montreal acquired a Kodak Prostar I Archival Film Processor from the Cinema Department at Concordia University. The lid was smashed in, but a quick test showed that the motor ran and all … Continue reading

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