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Mama Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

For those of you who don’t know anything about film stocks, Kodachrome was one of the first color reversal film stocks that Kodak invented. Unlike negative film, the film came back from the lab as a positive image and ready for projection. It had a long saturated run from 1935 until the very last roll was processed at Dwayne’s Photo lab in December 2010. You can read more about the last roll’s journey in an article published by the New York Times here. Since Kodachrome can no longer be processed, I ran into a little bit of a predicament. My Aunt Trudy who shot home movies in the 70s with her consumer super 8 camera did not process her last roll. I figured I might be able to help her out if I could figure out how to process it and then maybe use it in my movie. My teacher Kathryn Ramey told me to contact Martin Baumgarten who runs an esoteric film processing lab in Plattsburg, NY. He was super helpful and gave me the instructions to process the color film as a black and white negative. For the sake of saving whatever image there may be on the film, I may just pay the comparatively cheap price of $38 to have him process it and put it on a DVD. Maybe if I buy expired Kodachrome in the future, I could risk it.

Kodachrome Poster; Cinelab in Fall River, MA; April 2011

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Timing Was Good To Me

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Have you ever felt like time was running out? If you didn’t do something or learn how to do something, that the whole practice of it and the whole philosophy behind it would be gone forever? To me, filmmakers are a dying breed. Along with the film camera repair people, film projectionists and film labbies. It’s kind of like that article about two of the last standing members of a primitive tribe that won’t have their language transcribed to be saved. When they die, the language dies with it. In recent film news, the manufacturer of the optical printer (a piece of equipment I enjoying learning about and using) retired last summer and the Rocky Mountain Films lab recently stopped processing Kodak Kodachrome film last December. Without the older generation of people teaching the young generation how to fix film equipment and process film, those old techniques will be lost. Bummer.

 

JK Optical Printer, Emerson College Spring 2011

Countdown Leader

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Recently the Coolidge Corner Theater gave its annual Coolidge Award to “Film Restoration” but more specifically the organization that Martin Scorsese founded to restore old film prints. Restoring and preserving film prints is the same as preserving American culture. That’s a little cornball but it’s true. One of the events during our award was a panel discussion featuring ten film archivists from places like MoMA and the Smithsonian. One archivist I was really excited about was Andrew Lampert from Anthology Film Archive founded by Jonas Mekas in the 60s. It’s an organization that tries to preserve experimental films and screens a lot of Avant Gard filmmakers’ films. After the discussion, I talked with him about internship opportunities at the archive and about the work that he has done. I have since emailed Andrew for fall internships so fingers crossed! I rewrote my resume, classed it up quite a bit and wrote a very nostalgic cover letter about the importance of organizations that preserve culture. The most important piece of advice that he gave to me was, “if you have film, shoot it.” There’s no regulation for digital at the moment but it’s making a fast approach. So I have some film in the freezer. Now it’s time to shoot it.

Countdown Leader, New Resume Graphic Spring 2011

Kickstarter: Need Fundage Bro.

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Your Kickstarter project has been accepted!

This, my friends, is just the beginning but it’s great news nonetheless. The next step is to create a video telling people about the project with some clips of stuff that I’ve already shot. I told my friend about the project and she told me that I probably wouldn’t have to script the video because I’m naturally charming. How nice! Hopefully charming equals persuasive. I haven’t budgeted the production of the film but have ball-parked an amount for a final print when it is finished. Hopefully my family and friends and friends of friends can help me out. I should have some nice rewards for everyone who contributes.

 

 

 

Robert “Bobby” Zimmeruski, A Goofy Movie 1995

It’s Been A While

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

In last month, I have accomplished a lot. I graduated college! I am now an Emerson College Alum with a BA in Film Production! I’m the second person ever on the Wheeler’s side to do so and the first on the Hill side, so it’s kind of a big deal. All of my parents came up and drove me a little nuts but everything went well considering. It rained all morning, which is good luck right? Or is that for your wedding day? Anyway, while I was getting ready to line up, I made some rounds. I took pictures with some friends, talked to my friend Greg about school and summer and photo-op later. Talked to some people about my “Cum Laude” honor.  I sewed a pocket into my gown to sneak some snacks and my phone in. I updated everyone via Facebook from the interior. It was amusing to say the least. My best friend Riley and I brought super 8mm cameras to graduation to shoot some home movies. We talked about how we love some people and some we don’t want to see again and it’s amazing to see people at graduation that we thought weren’t going to make it. It’s nice to have someone stick by you the whole time.

My friend Greg and I, Graduation. May 16, 2011

Greg and I

Summer Dreams

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

The idea for this blog is to update people on the progress of a film that I am making this summer. It’s a three part experimental documentary about the Wheeler family. I started the film in the fall of 201o. The first part explores the various things that my family collects. The second part will show the struggles my family has in calling people the right name and the third part will be about growing up and working at The Hotchkiss School. This film is special to me because it’s about my family and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. I plan on doing everything by hand from shooting on film to cutting my own negatives. I want to invite everyone to see every step of the process. From re-photographing old home movies, to finding old photos and making new discoveries about the Wheelers, I plan on highlighting all the goings on. I want to teach people ways they can make their own films as well.

 

 

Me, 4 years old. First day of Kindergarten

First day of Kindergarten.