Add, Replace, Erase, Repeat

Tinting, toning and bleaching 16mm film; Dresdner Schmalfilmtage; Dresden, Germany

In this workshop we the possibilities of adding color to processed 16mm film. Working on black and white found footage we learned the techniques of Tinting – where we add color to the film with the use of colored dyes –, Toning – where we replace the silver particles in the film with colored salts with the use of a chemical bath –, and Bleaching – where we use bleach to remove the film emulsion from the film base. We also used selective masking to create single strips of film that combine multiple techniques.