Workshop: Introduction to Small-gauge Filmmaking

May 22 , 10:00 am

 —  11:30 am

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Taught by Sandy McLennan

Preregistration and Payment are required

Session 1: Saturday, May 22 2021 at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST
Session 2: Saturday, May 29 2021 at 10:00 – 11:30 am EST

Fee: $20 (Cheque or PayPal)

Space is limited. Email to reserve your spot.


This online two-part workshop will kickstart your journey on experimenting with small-gauge filmmaking! 


Following the simplest steps using the most accessible equipment/materials, participants will pre-view introductory videos online and then meet for two 1 ½ hour live online sessions with Sandy McLennan. These videos and live interactive online meetings will provide foundational information, encouraging you to try out analogue filmmaking at its most budget-conscious level – so you have an experience and learn whether this medium suits you or not. 


Session 1: Introduction to the Regular 8mm format, loading the camera, shooting a roll, creating a temporary dark space: why is it needed and how is it employed. Questions about what participants have tried, or need to know in order to get started.


Session 2: Processing black & white negative film, copying film to digital by projecting on a wall while shooting with a video camera. Questions about what participants have tried, or need to know in order to keep going.

  • Sandy McLennan loves working with old and new photo imaging and sound recording media: right tool at the right time. He expresses current personal and state-of-the-world emotions via analogue motion pictures (Regular/Double 8mm, 16mm, super 8), photo paper imaging (pinhole camera, photograms, contact prints), portable and home darkroom thaumaturgy, digital sound recording/editing, video and installations. By creating workshops, he very much enjoys helping people try old technology for the first time - so they have an experience, and learn whether the medium suits them or not.

Co-presented with

  • the8fest