Ever hear “does anyone still shoot film anymore? Just where do you get it developed?” Me too. Then “isn’t it expensive?”
Myth… totally a myth! It doesn’t have to be expensive at all, truth is camera gear that cost thousands a few years ago can be had for a steal now. Consumer and student films? Poor quality right? No… in reality they are pretty good. But how cheaply can you shoot film and still get a good result?
The photo above was shot with a $5 camera and cheap Fuji 100 film. In reality it is shot in an urban part of Arizona… the reason I framed it tight was so little of the buildings and landscaping were visible.
All of this got me thinking… maybe shooting film could be done on a very small budget. That was the beginning of the Frugal Film Project. One where expensive gear is not the focus… because the limit you can spend on your gear is fifty dollars, including shipping! Your film is the cheapest film you can find locally or if you can’t find any locally… online. But wait… there’s more! Lets add more people, because projects are more fun with friends.
One year, twelve rolls of cheap film, a camera that cost less then fifty dollars and over a dozen photographers from around the globe… this is going to be fun! It is a test to see just what a cheap camera and film can do.
This week we have been busy brainstorming, testing and gathering our gear… because this is actually a collective, there is a lot to talk about. Some of us are slowly shooting our roll, some of us have already shot it and some are testing our cameras.
By the end of January our film must be shot, we have two weeks to process and digitize before the results can be shared. In the next few weeks I will introduce you to the collective and their gear… its going to be so much fun!