How to Make Redscale Film – 35mm
To make your own Redscale film you will need:
- a used film canister – I ask the Lab to keep me some when I drop my films off for development
- a new roll of colour film
- sellotape – or similar
- a scissors
- somewhere very, very dark
Process or How to….
- Cut the leader from the fresh roll of film
- Flip it over so that the emulsion side is facing you (the non shiny side)
- Tape the new roll onto the end of the old canister
- Wind the new roll slighly onto the old roll so that the tape is no longer visible
- Find a very dark place (I do this in my darkbag mostly or sometimes in my darkroom)
- Wind the new roll full onto the old canister
- Return to the light and cut the rolls apart
- I make a new leader to help load the film into the camera.
- Thats it – very simple
I have found that is is nearly impossible to over expose the film. The speed at which you rate the film – under or over expose tends to have a dramatic effect on the redscale effect. I normally use 200 iso film and set my ISO in camera to 25 or 50. I like this look but its a crazy way to shoot so go mad and give it a try.