Learn to film & develop Super eight

Greater London, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Ben

  1. 7 hours
  2. Hosted in English
A local favourite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

Join Ben Slotover for this One-day Super 8 masterclass!

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to shoot film on Super 8 cameras and learn how to develop the film yourself.

Participants will be provided with Super 8 cine-cameras and will have an hour to shoot footage. Documentary, drama, silent comedy, experimental; the choice is yours! Then using household items and a few darkroom chemicals, Ben will guide students through the film processing steps.

Finally the films will be dried, spooled and projected for that rare treat – same day viewing of freshly shot film footage. There will be a wide variety of Super 8 cameras to choose from, catering to all levels of expertise.

Schedule
11am-1pm: Filming
1pm-2pm: Lunch (please bring your own)
2pm-5pm: Processing
5.45pm: Project films

Ben Slotover is an educator and film industry veteran who performs training and consultancy to the small-format film industry. Since October 2020 he has presented and produced Ben's Camera Show, now in its third season. Ben is also a member of the Exploding Cinema collective, putting on regular screenings of independent short films.

No previous experience necessary and all materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own camera to test out if you like. Some of the chemic
Join Ben Slotover for this One-day Super 8 masterclass!

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to shoot film on Super 8 cameras and learn how to develop the film yourself.

Participants will be provided with Super 8 cine-cameras and will have an hour to shoot footage. Documentary, drama, silent comedy, experimental; the choice is yours! Then using household items and a few darkroom chemicals, Ben will guide stude…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Tea, Coffee and juice.
  • Equipment
    Super 8 Kit: Cameras and developing chemicals and equipment.
    Gloves an...

Meet your host, Ben

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Ben Slotover is an educator and film industry veteran who performs training and consultancy to the small-format film industry. Since October 2020 he has presented and produced Ben's Camera Show, now in its third season: www.zerobudgetfilmschool.com

Ben is also a member of the Exploding Cinema collective, putting on regular screenings of independent short films.
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Where you'll be

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Tracey
November 2021
Ben was an excellent teacher, so passionate and enthusiastic about Super8 film making. He clearly enjoys inducting people into this magical art. I would do more courses with Ben for sure. I met a lovely person from Paris on the course, and we had a drink and a chat afterwards. The course is also superb value for money. Thank you Ben x
Andrew
August 2021
Ben is a great teacher who took us through Super 8 from a history of the form to shooting & developing at home. A hands on, fully- resourced, well taught and great fun course.
Lewis
March 2020
This was a really exciting workshop - we fully developed a reel of film I shot 15 years ago (and finished on a walkabout during the day) which I'd presumed was unsalvageable, and it looks amazing. I came away with full understanding of two different developing processes for 8 & 16mm b&w film, so I can now confidently process my films at home. He also has a ridiculously good camera collection which was a lot of fun to go through. Thanks Ben, couldn't have gone better!
Helen
October 2019
Ben is such a lovely instructor. The workshop was held in his kitchen which had more than enough space to do everything. The workshop was initially supposed to be only 6-7 hours long (10am-5pm), but it was extended by another 3 hours because I was so curious about everything and I was a little slow with choosing what I would like to film. Ben didn’t mind the extra time used for the workshop and I really appreciate that. Not only was he extremely kind and thoughtful, he was also very accommodating (I wanted to grab a bite at McDonald even though it took out time from our workshop, but he didn’t mind it at all, and also accompanied me there). I had so much fun just getting to play around with his equipment, making the film, and developing the film. It was the best experience I had signed up for in London for sure!! Anybody that’s really interested in Super 8 film or Standard 8 must hit him up! Thank you Ben for the wonderful day, it was absolutely amazing :)
Jen
November 2018
An absolutely wonderful, hands on experience! I'd recommend this to anyone remotely interested in Super 8. Whether you have a background in film, either motion or photography, or you're a beginner... Ben will explain it all and teach you everything you need to know (and then some). There's a plethora of Super 8 cameras to choose from, each one is a bit different so you'll find something within your skill level and comfort quite easily. We explored a few neighborhoods near Regent's Park to shoot the 1/2 roll of Super 8 before heading back to develop the film. You'll learn a ton about developing, scanning, and post-production... and you'll leave with your very own short. In post production, Ben brought out markers to draw on the film, which added a little animation. This was an all-day experience and I'd absolutely do it again next time I'm in London.
Maureen
February 2020
Really interesting subject and a great experience.

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 14 and up can attend, up to 6 guests in total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

Packed Lunch (or you can pick something up when we are out filming)

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.