Oxberry Optical Printer | Workshop


A hands-on introduction workshop on the Oxberry Optical Printer.
How to work with optical printing and create special effects on 16mm and 35mm film?
In this workshop participants will learn how to operate the machine: how to load the projectors and camera, operation of the controls, bi-packing, matte printing, double exposures, making blow-ups en re-photographing (found) footage.

The workshop is lead by Jan Scholten, analog restorer at EYE Institute Amsterdam, and with his former company Image Creations for almost forty years the Dutch specialist in analog special effects made on optical printers and rostrum cameras. Amongst other films, he has made the analog opticals for Prospero’s Books (1991) a film by Peter Greenaway.

The workshop is open for Filmwerkplaats members and members from the filmlabs network.


The Oxberry Optical Printer is the cream of the crop among analog film printers and it is applied for manually created analog special effects on 16mm and 35mm film. The optical printer at WORM Filmwerkplaats is a device consisting of two film projectors linked to a film camera. It allows filmmakers to re-photograph one or more strips of film. With special lenses for resizing and distorting the material, projectors sending the film image to the camera, fade-outs and fade-ins, dissolves, slow motion, fast motion and image overlays, extraordinary results can be easily achieved. More complicated work can involve dozens of elements, all combined into a single scene.