Dagies Blog

unterwegs in Sachen Film >>> <<< on the road making films!

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A Walk In The Woods

A little snippet from my upcoming super 8 film!

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Pinhole Washi

There is an interesting small film and photo company in France called WASHI FILM: “Film Washi is the world’s smallest company to produce photographic materials. Specialized in handcrafted film making and industrial film conversion, Film Washi offers a wide range of unique and innovative films.”

This is their website: http://filmwashi.com

I bought a 500 ASA film and used it in my little pinhole camera. Maybe it was a bit preexposed, it has funny light leaks at the perforation … but I like it anyway!

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Sheep Sheep N Sheebop

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Spring Is Here And So Am I

… filming.

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Another Pinhole Photo

I am on the road. I love rails. I travel with my Illy cam!

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Spring Sun Power

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Horsespotting

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Et Me Voilà Et Me Voici

I have a new film! Comes in 2 versions: French and English!

Click for French

Click for English

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Weird Face With Trunk / Rüssel + Arschlochmund / Asshole Mouth

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shop.dagiebrundert.de

My shop is online!
Full of nice pictures: pinhole and super 8! Colour and b&w! And a comic book!!
Click on the image or here >>> Dagie’s Shop

And HERE is a short Welcome Film!

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Brokkoli Leopard

Placing soda-soaked brokkolis on a stripe of old Kodachrome super 8 film (see posting February 17), leaving it there for a while, then rinsing and fixing it, gives you a nice leopard pattern!!

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Transparent Film Stripes

Yes, there are things that can go wrong … I developed two super 8 films and both came out blank. An old Agfachrome: blueish and an old Kodachrome: light orange. Too old, bad storage, natural decay … this can happen even if the chemicals are super fresh and my hands are magic 😉

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Spring colours

… against winter grey.

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Veggie Fun

Some film experiments with vegetables. I marinated them for a couple minutes in soda-vitamin-c-water and then placed them on film stripes. Interesting pattern! Will be fixed and rinsed afterwards so that they will be stable. More to come!

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Falcon

… today at Tempelhofer Flugfeld / Ex-Airport!

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So Sachen / Such Things

This is a report about how things can go awfully wrong and in the end can become something beautiful and just … magically matching somehow.
Maybe it will be a bit too chemical and diving deep in photographical layers … but it will be funny too, promised!

I spent a week at my friend’s spot on the countryside and we had some very cool film and story ideas. Yes, sometimes I am not totally self-centered … with the right person there can be a swinging mood in the air vibes!!

We took a black&white TriX film (fresh from Kodak), filmed our ideas and then decided to develop it reversal. Meaning: positive. It is much more complicated than developing it negative. Which I do all the time using coffee and my breakfast remains and such things.

Reversal developing needs a very strong bleach to get rid of the first developed black silver. Then there’s a second exposure to light (the first exposure happened when the film was, well, exposed in the camera!) to activate the sleeping silver salt molecules which will then turn black when they get in contact with the second developer. Phew!
We used FOMA chemicals. FOMA is a czech factory that produces lovely stuff like foto paper, films and chemicals.

First developer, bleach bath, clear bath, and then: the moment when you shiver and open the tank lid and see: YES! Pictures! (a film that has just come out of a bleach bath looks milky-white with clear images). The rest of the procedure can be done in daylight.

So we rinsed it and then poured the second developer over the 15 meters of well-bleached film … and then Yell and Shriek: the emulsion began to fall off! To peel off! To run away in flakes!!! The images that we just saw just slipped away under our fingers! Out with you, developer! Some seconds in fix, no rinsing, just carefully hanging the long spaghetto to dry … and then scanned it the next day.

Now what happened here? I know that this bleach made from permanganate and sulfuric acid gives a lot of stress to the emulsion … softens it and makes it very sensitive and vulnerable – better not touch or rub too much! So was it the harsh and strong second developer that crushed it? Is the Czech soup too strong for a TriX?

Next day brings freshness in mind and mood. Somehow the two-third destroyed film appeared miraculous to us … and to the film story. We thought about defocussing, about stuff that happens in the corners of your eyes, of your consciousness, about second sight … and the film and the story melt, kiss and prosper!

This is just a little glimpse into it, I think the real film will be a longer one than usual and it will take a while. I am happy.

Watch a little Trailer on Youtube!!

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Here They Come Again!

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Beautiful Super 8 Stills


Nice, France, lately.

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¡Kino, Kaffee, Kompostol! – Days 3 + 4

Phew … that was intense!!
5 more coffee developings and one last soup made from many fruit (oranges, lemons, pommegranate, onion …) and some Tannenzweige … errr … Christmas tree twigs! And cocoa powder! Wonderful result! Going to get all 8 films digitized … you will see them soon!
Good night and day!!

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¡Kino, Kaffee, Kompostol! – Day 2

More filming, more developing!
We cooked a soup together … made from all our breakfast remains like banana, apple, kiwi peels, some cold coffee, tangerines and lemons, weird Russian tomato goo, sweet potato peels, dried mushrooms and cranberries and perhaps some more! All mixed and with the added soda and vitamin c turned out to be a decent developer!!

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¡Kino, Kaffee, Kompostol! – Day 1

I am giving an intense 2-weekends Super 8 film shooting and eco developing workshop in Berlin!
Day 1 Saturday, day 2 yesterday. In a very special place right in the core of Berlin (the former East part), at Alexanderplatz. In a very special space: Bi’bak / SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA.
Here is the Link X

This is how they describe themselves:
“SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA explores cinema as a space for social discourse, a place for exchange and solidarity. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA brings together diverse social communities, links geographically distant and nearby places, the past, present and future, and decentres an eurocentric view through transnational, (post-) migrant and postcolonial perspectives. SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA is a transtopia, a place where “cross-border ties and connections converge, are reinterpreted and condense into everyday contexts” (Erol Yıldız). As part of the pioneering urban policy Initiative Haus der Statistik, the cinema experiment bridges the gap between everyday urban practices and film to create an alternative art form that connects different social perspectives.”

I love to be part of it! We are a group of 12 coming from all parts of the world (Chinese, Turkish, Swiss, Brazilian, Russian, German) working, playing, developing and exploring together for a certain time. It is intense and beautiful!

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Berlin Ramen Bar Named Cocolo

How great it feels … sometimes I am aware how centralized I live, how hipsteresque and how deep in the middle of yumminess!
Just step out the door of my house and fall into the best Ramen Restaurant that there is in Berlin-Kreuzberg! Cocolo Ramen X-berg, Graefestraße 11!
Cocolo means … heart. The hot and spicy noodle soup gives me the heat that I need for this winter!

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Me On TV

Me at rbb, a local TV …
I appear from minute 30:25.
Click here or on the picture!!
Or click here for just me, not the zoo director report before … on youtube!

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Forklift Man

I see him! With big earphones! Smiling at me!

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2022 Is There, Yeah!

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Pinhole Fun At The Baltic Sea

Christmas is over. I was (with my brother) at my parents’ who live in Nort Germany close to the Baltic Sea. Cold! Snow! Beautiful! The sun came out! Good chance for a good pinhole photo!

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Coming Home To Berlin …

… is the best.

Driving 5 hours from my parents back home to Berlin, my brother is the best driver on earth, through rain and snow, seeing deer and Christmas trees, finally landing in our beloved Pizzeria Casolare!

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Recently In Paris #5

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Recently In Paris #4

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Recently In Paris #3

Letter games in a métro station