In July of this year, Kodak Italy held a three day cinematography workshop in Rome for industry professionals. As in-house cinematographer for Kodak, I was the instructor for the workshop. The immense pre-production for the event was handled by Giovanna Rimoldi and Riccardo Di Tizio from Kodak Italy. Invited to the workshop were cinematographers, directors, and producers currently working in Rome. Also, two film students joined the workshop to work as crew for the grip and lighting needs. The group was a comfortable size of nine participants which allowed them several opportunities to shoot and direct portions of a short story. Although many of the attendees were more familiar with video and digital formats than film, everyone has aspired to shoot on film. Generally speaking, participants have always appreciated the Kodak workshops because they offer a stress-free opportunity to experience shooting with 35mm film.
The workshop was held at the Casa Del Cinema situated in the idyllic Villa Borghese which is the largest public park in Rome. All of the shooting took place at the Casa del Cinema and a café situated within the building. Although the temperatures climbed to over 90 F every day, the enthusiasm of the group was not diminished. One goal of the workshop was to give the participants an opportunity to shoot 35mm film in a 2-perf format. Interestingly, the 2-perf Techniscope 2.40:1 format was introduced by Technicolor Italia in 1963 as a low cost alternative to the CinemaScope 4-perf system. Techniscope was popularized by the “Spaghetti Western” genre and, most notably, the Italian director, Sergio Leone, and his Clint Eastwood “Dollar” series of films. In a PowerPoint lecture on the first day of the workshop, the features of the 2-perf format were discussed. Some of the benefits mentioned were longer shooting times per magazine, reduced costs of the format, new finer grain V3 stocks which improve the look of the smaller format, and digital intermediate which has made 2-perf format more viable than the optical process of the past. As the group was soon to discover, 2-perf 35mm retains many of the inherent qualities of the larger 4-perf origination format.