Baked Goods For Norman
Baked Goods For Norman was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of NFB filmmaker Norman McLaren. The films unique colours and textures were created in my kitchen:
I originally photographed onto 16mm black and white film two horses playing in a farmers field, I then hand processed the b&w 16mm negative film. I took this negative image and created a 16mm black and white film print using a 16mm Steenbeck editing table. After hand processing the film print I took it and submerged it into cooking molasses, I then rolled the film back up onto its metal daylight spool, wrapped it in tinfoil and baked it in an oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Using a 16mm JK Optical Printer I re-photographed the baked film print onto 16mm colour film stock. I hand processed this new 16mm colour inter-negative and printed it again using a 16mm Steenbeck editing table.
I now had a 16mm colour film print of the baked footage, however, I was not happy with the look of the film so I then took this new film print and I submerged sections of it into three separate colourful mixtures of corn syrup and food colouring. I once again rolled the film back onto its spool, wrapped it in tinfoil and baked it in the oven for another 30 minutes.
Once again I viewed the film after it had cooled and dried and I was still unhappy with its appearance so I then took a paste like mixture of baking soda, sugar, blue food colouring and water and wiped the entire film down with it. I then wrapped it up in tinfoil and baked it for another 30 minutes. I was still unhappy with this experiment so I then took kids red play-dough and I randomly placed throughout the film little tiny pieces of play-dough. I then rolled the film up, wrapped it in foil and baked it for a final 30 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
The film at this point was hard to view so I decided to create another inter-negative of the manipulated film by contact printing it in the Steenbeck. I then hand processed it. What you see in this video is a sample of what I ended up with. I am still not completely satisfied with this outcome so what you are viewing is the inter-negative. The final print from this negative has been put in the fridge for another day in the kitchen.
You can view a 30 sec clip of the film here: https://vimeo.com/123968268
If you wish to view the entire film or possibly program the film please contact my distributor at the following: winnipegfilmgroup.com/distribution/