Direct Filmmaking Workshop

In this workshop participants will learn to manipulate the surface of the film using a variety of camera-less filmmaking techniques; painting, scratching, bleaching, collage, and masking in order to create an original experimental film on 16mm. This intensive workshop is designed to introduce, explore and master (on some level) the ability to articulate movement through the tactile gesturing of this beautiful cinematic language. The course will begin with a brief history of filmmakers using these methods along with their contemporaries. Then, after brief instruction, students will get their hands dirty almost immediately. The goal is to have each participant work with found footage, original films and leader to create a well developed animated film. Participants will walk away with hands on experience of direct filmmaking, a finished projection ready print, the knowledge to continue to work in this practice at home, and a list of venues to pursue for exhibition. All materials will be provided for. 


FRIDAY, October 28 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

SATURDAY, October 29 from 10:00am – 2:00 PM

LOCATION: Paducah School of Art & Design | 905 Harrison Street, Paducah, KY

INSTRUCTOR: Akiko Maruyama

INCLUDES: EIKI 16mm Projector, 2,000' found footage material, leader for headers and footers of each individual film, paints, markers and additional additive elements, brushes and applicators for painted elements, X-acto blades, scissors, hole punching elements, 2 Guillotine Splicers and splicing tape stickers, rubber cement and other masking elements, bleaching agents for image removal, informational packet to support continued practice, screening program of historical and contemporary sample work, HD transfer of finished films uploaded to Vimeo and downloadable at HD for all participants, screening at River’s Edge International Film Festival.


A PUBLIC SCREENING PARTY for films produced during the workshops will be held on the opening night of REIFF (River’s Edge International Film Festival).

LOCATION:  Maiden Alley Cinema | 112 Maiden Alley | Paducah, KY

THURSDAY, November 3 @ 7:00 PM