a celluloid film project


A participatory artist residency by Film Ficciones in the Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Pavilion, 22nd-27th October

HAUNTED SCREEN LOGO2The Haunted Screen will be turning  the Discovery Pavilion into a mysterious “film set”.  Against the trend of modern digital image making, participants and library visitors can get involved in all aspects of shooting short films using old-fashioned black and white Super 8mm film, including camerawork, special effects, lighting, sound and performance. Source material for the films’ narratives will be provided by the horrible histories of ne’er-do-well 19th century Brummies, and visual backdrops for scenes will take inspiration from the Library’s collection of glass photographic slides. After being hand-processed, the finished films will be screened on Saturday 26th October in the Pavilion – now transformed into a Victorian Cinema Parlour.

Live musical accompaniment will be provided by The Haunted Screen Band, who might well invite participants to join in!


THE HAUNTED SCREEN IS NOW OVER! Follow this blog for updates when they happen!

Here is the first attempt at telecine-to-digital of the Super8mm film – I’ll be posting the final HD-quality version soon!


13 responses

  1. Would love to take have taken part but I’ll be at work unfortunately at that time!

    October 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    • Thanks Adrian – do feel free to pop in and visit the set if you’re free at all/during your lunchtime! And the screenings on Saturday/workshops on Sunday are open to everyone too.

      October 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

  2. How do I sign up for this and what will I have to do?

    October 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    • Hello! To book a place on set, simply go to the TAKE PART page and fill in the web form indicating which day you’d like to attend. Places are going fast! The day will cover every aspect of shooting with celluloid film, from technical stuff to design and lighting for film, makeup, props, costume….you name it! You can get involved in any aspect of filming that suits you, including actually playing a character in our film – you’ll be fully briefed when you arrive on set. Thanks for your interest in the project Diana!

      October 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      • Thank you! Getting really excited for this :P!

        October 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  3. Cynthia

    Hi! me and my boyfriend signed for friday :D, where are we going to meet? 🙂 thanks!

    October 23, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    • Hi Cynthia! It’s the main entrance of BIrmingham Library, straight ahead as you walk in it’s called the Pavilion, it’s basically
      a big shed in the foyer!

      See you then!


      October 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

  4. Sue

    Thank you so much for all your hard work last week! My daughter Ramona came on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed taking part – looking forward to seeing the film (when you’ve had a rest!)

    October 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

    • Many thanks! Ramona was fantastic, and I hope she had as much fun as I did! I’ll be transferring the film in the coming weeks, and
      also shooting more footage to do a “final” version of it — but you’ll be able to see the first version soon I promise 🙂

      If she’s interested, I’m running a one-day film challenge at mac, Birmingham (Midlands Arts Centre) tomorrow, from 11am – 4pm. It will
      be shooting on digital video, so instant results this time! If she’s interested, Ramona would be very welcome to join us.


      All the best,


      October 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

      • Sue

        Can’t do MAC on 30th, but if you have a mailing list Ramona would definitely be interested in future projects!

        October 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

  5. Cynthia

    Hi all, sorry for not going to the screening on saturday, but as soon as I got back home on friday I fell ill with flu x(, thanks for letting me be part of this experience it was awesome!, I loved it and I look forward to see the results!

    October 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    • Hey Cynthia, yes, we missed you last saturday – sorry to hear you were sick, get well soon.

      You were brilliant last week, thanks so much for all your work and hope it was a fun experience.

      The film will be going up as soon as I get my head round a new way of transferring Super8mm film to digital HD! (ie very soon!)

      Watch this space, Scott

      November 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

  6. Ps. Do follow the blog, and you’ll receive automated updates when new things are posted here 🙂

    November 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

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