Optical Printing with the JK

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
+ 4 hours work time
Enrolment is limited to: 

Learn the basics of optical printing with LIFT’s user friendly JK Optical Printer and our easy-to-use Raspberry Pi interface. Typically used for creating in-camera effects or for copying and restoring old film material, participants will learn about the variety of applications for re-photographing Regular 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm footage to a 16mm Bolex camera system. Participants will watch and discuss films that use footage produced on the JK effectively. Learn the components of the machine, how to create effects and blow-ups and create tests with personal or found footage. Discover the aesthetic possibilities available using the JK Optical Printer, and a renovated computer system for entering sequences.

The Camera Theory workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Free work time credit must be used before Friday September 1, 2017. Facilities time must be used during LIFT office hours (Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm).



John Kneller is a local filmmaker and full-time professor in the Media Arts Film program at Sheridan College. He attended the University of Toronto, where he earned a BA in Cinema Studies, and recently received a MFA in Film Production from York University. Kneller shoots his own films, often modifying cameras in order to push the expressive limits of the medium. His work with optical printing, multi-layering and matting techniques has gained critical attention both locally and internationally.