Filmmaker Matt Mangham's 'Analog' Series Is Back With Episode 4

Filmmaker Matt Mangham has been working on an ongoing series entitled “Analog: Stories of Film Photography,” and I’m very excited to share episode four with the Fstoppers community. In this episode, Mangham explores creativity through the eyes of San Diego native, Matthew Lawless.

Mangham, a friend and mentor of mine, has been a lover of film for as long as I’ve known him. He takes his passion for the medium and uses it to draw out awesome nuggets from the folks he features in his series.

Lawless, a director, motion designer, and photographer, takes us through what film cameras he’s fallen in love with over the years, as well as the types of film he likes to shoot with. He provides insight into the early days of his experience shooting film, and shares some tips for anyone considering making a go at film photography.

Both of these super-talented dudes happen to share a hometown with me, so I had the unique opportunity to tag along and shoot some behind the scenes photos over the course of the two-day production. You can find those at the bottom of this post.

These guys are both at the top of their game and seeing them work together to make this come together was an absolute pleasure.

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Ben Whitmore's picture

Video published May 6th, 2016. This isn't a new episode.

Sean Horton's picture

While I can see how the term "is back" may be a bit misleading, I don't believe I mentioned it being "new". I did say I was excited to share it with the *Fstoppers* community, since it was published to the Youtube community last year. But hey, good eye!!

"You never know what you're gonna get."

For those that don't have much experience with film that's at best misleading and at worst misinformation. Outside of using film that is old, that has not been properly stored, that has not been properly developed, and where reciprocity failure is not an issue, the result from film is predictable.

Sean Horton's picture

He is referring to shooting expired film there, Bob.

God Lord; I missed that. I'll take that as a cue to call it a day, or get some more coffee. I'll try the coffee first.

Anonymous's picture

Dude, get your fingers off the film!

Sean Horton's picture

Thanks for your concern, Peter!

Peter he's not touching the film. Look closely; the film is in a clear sleeve. I have a lot of film stored in those sleeves, but I cut mine down to six frame strips.

Anonymous's picture

You're absolutely right, Bob. Good eye!
I've never seen those type of sleeves before; I'm used to the ones that go in binders.

Well, one out of two ain't bad. I missed in the beginning of the video that he was using expired film, so you're not alone.

Those sleeves are really nice because they involve no sliding of the film to get in and out of the sleeve and are fast and easy to do so. Best for clean film though. Any dirty film should either be cleaned first or the film should be stored in loose film lab type sleeves. That's because those sleeves are quite snug.

I never liked binder sleeves for two reasons. Every single one I have tried is not only snug but you also have to slide your film in and out of them. The other reason is pressure from the other pages when closed.

I use 7 row six frame loose sleeves in their own little folder. So I have a roll in each. I bought them years ago in bulk. They were made in the 80s. I then store them five to a row on their sides in custom boxes I made. They can hold 35mm and medium film. Each box can potentially hold over 1000 frames of film. See photo.

By the way, these days I despise film, though I have only good memories of making darkroom prints.

Anonymous's picture

Ingenious design. I appreciate you taking the time to describe this process to me. I hadn't thought of the pressure concern with binders before; I may rethink my system. Probably can find some of these sheets on eBay if my local stores don't sell them (I've never seen them before, but also have never looked).

I still shoot film, but thoroughly enjoy digital well, depending on my mood. As I'm an amateur, I can afford the time and energy to decide.

Thanks, Bob!