FILM BEE

  • Film Bee & Star and Shadow Cinema
  • Warwick St
  • Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1BB
  • U.K.
  • website
  • FILMBEE is an artist-run film co-operative in the North-East, UK, set up primarily to work creatively within analogue film culture. As well as creating a context for photochemical moving-image art practice, we make our own films and performances independently and as a collective. We also offer specialized documentary services and education in analogue and digital filmmaking, and curate film programs of artist moving image work and specialized cinema.

    FILMBEE started in 2002 with an experimental film workshop for an expanded cinema event in the Waygood Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. The participants of that workshop subsequently set up a darkroom for experimental photochemical moving-image work that existed at the Waygood (2002-4), then Harkers Art Studios (2004-6) and has had a permanent home at the Star and Shadow Cinema since 2006. The products of this lab have been shown at numerous film festivals, alternative screening spaces, galleries and on the internet.

    We run a filmlab in Newcastle upon Tyne, maintained, equipped and improved to preserve and promote the use of film for film-makers, artists, amateurs and the wider community. Our film and video services are available to artists, bands, community groups, and commissioning bodies, ranging from commissioned artworks to sensitive and like-minded documentation for art projects. We run workshops in analogue and digital film techniques at our lab and further afield. We are in the process of creating an archive of the work we have produced.
    As of summer 2021, we are midway through building a darkroom and lab facility in the new Star and Shadow Cinema.

    Equipment:
    16mm hand processing: Jobs 100ft spirals and tanks. Lomo UPB-A 50ft spiral and tank.
    BRAY Midget B&W processor (100ft)
    Currently mending Lawlett B&W processor (400ft)
    16mm/35mm Printing: Arri Mini R table top contact printer.
    Editing: Steenbeck 6-plate editing table with mag sound.
    Bolex H16 camera
    Beaulieu R-16 camera
    Arri-SR camera with zoom and 2x 400ft magazines.
    Konvas IKCP 35mm camera
    Interfit Cool-lite 5 twin head kit.

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