Oxberry 1700 Optical Printing Studio

+ 4 hours work time
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Learn how to use LIFT’s Oxberry 1700 Optical Printer and the workflow to test your results in this 12-hour workshop. This precision instrument was used extensively for decades in the film industry, in order to create the wildest and most interesting special effects. This machine is capable of producing anything from dissolves and bi-packs to compositing with mattes and colour separation, all on 16mm and 35mm. This three evening workshop will introduce participants to the Oxberry 1700 and all its features, and put it in relation to LIFT's darkroom, where all the test and final prints will be processed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own film to work on, run extensive tests printing and developing, choose their preferred results and make a final print to develop and screen in class. All darkroom process will be done using either black and white or color positive developer. Anything is possible, learn how to blur the lines and control your own creative workflow from start to finish.


This workshop includes all film, darkroom chemistry, and supplies for use during the workshop. Chemistry for use in the additional 4 hours work time is not included in the cost of the workshop. Work time credit must be used before Friday September 29, 2017. Facilities time must be used during LIFT office hours (Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm). The Camera Theory and Hand Processing Black and White Film workshops or equivalent experience are strongly recommended as prerequisites.



Sylvain Chaussée is an artist based in Toronto. He studied painting and photography in France, as well as film production at Concordia University in Montreal. His photographs, films and performances have been shown in Canada an abroad. Currently, he works at Niagara Custom Lab in Toronto, mastering the processing and printing of all motion picture film. His work is based on experimentations with a variety of processing and printing techniques. he draws inspiration from the abstractions in everyday life, focusing on repetitive patterns, moving forms and natural light. His performance work can be seen here: www.zephyrperformance.com