This Filipino Director is Making a Film Using Photocopied and Highlighted Stills
Writer and director Glenn Barit
Why Barit is Photocopying the Entire Film’s 43,000 Frames
Today’s technology makes filmmaking easier, resulting in movies that are crisper, sharper, and glossy.
How Photocopied Stills Will Be Transformed Into a Feature Film
You can imagine the painstaking effort it takes to print an entire film’s frames. Cleaners
In fact, as of this writing, Barit’s team is busy highlighting the frames one by one, then carefully
Barit says Cleaners will undergo many different stages before it finally sees its final version. “We shot it digitally in June, edited the materials, and then printed the entire film’s frames using a photocopier. Now, we’re in the process of highlighting each frame. After highlighting, we will scan them back digitally so it can play in digital theaters,” he said.
Since they printed all the frames, Cleaners is technically a stop-motion picture. This is not the first time a similar film production was made.
“Films in early cinema like A Trip to the Moon (1902) hand-painted celluloid film to bring out
Although the film’s form is not new, Cleaners would be the first feature film to employ both techniques of hand painting and the use of photocopied frames to produce a movie.
'We preferred an old, clanky photocopier.'
For this film’s printed frames, Barit wanted to achieve the kind of grittiness and coarseness you get from an old photocopier.
The post-production team even sought the ugliest copier it could find. “Since this is also a period film, we preferred an old, clanky photocopier because it will be more faithful to the actual texture of photocopied materials that time,”
“I actually went to different photocopier shops just to test the textures. I remember asking one of them to input the
The team lives a few steps away from the University of the Philippines, so naturally, there were plenty of photocopying shops in the area. It partnered with a photocopying shop because of its expertise and the low cost of its services.
Before and After: An Original Still Prior to Photocopying, and a Post-Production Still
Has Yet to Complete its Funding
For the film to successfully compete at the QCinema International Film Festival in October, it needs more funding. “Post-production costs
The Team Behind Cleaners
“QCinema and other sponsors have been very generous to us in covering much of our costs,” he continued. “But we still need a bit more to complete the film and ensure proper working conditions. We wanted to raise 200,000 more, and so far, we have raised 32 percent of that.”
People who want to donate to the film will be featured in the closing credits of the film. You can donate to Cleaners by selecting one of the amounts in this link. Donation options range from P500 up to P20,000. Bigger donations come with bigger privileges.
Watch behind the scenes of Cleaners below: