This is an article introducing how to make homemade redscale film. There are already some fabulous articles about how to make redscale films out there, however, I decided to make one with my method, one that is simpler and easier. This method keeps film frames in order, and it is useful for EBS (Exposing Both Sides of film) trick as well.
You'll only need a few things when making your own redscale film.
- Color negative film – I recommend films over ISO400
- Darkroom or changing bag
Steps in Making Your Own Redscale Film
Go into the darkroom with film, scissors, and sellotape. Take out all the film from the film canister in the dark. Leave 1cm (0.4 inches) at the end of the film, cut the negative from the canister in a straight line with scissors.
Flip the film you just cut, and attach it to the canister side with scotch tape. Try to tape them straight as possible, lining them parallel. This is the challenging part, but you will get used to it soon. Afterward, rewind the film into the canister. If the film is stuck, it might be bent at some points at which point we can simply try it again. Cut the beginning of the film to adjust for the camera to wind.
When you flip the side of the film, the ISO level goes down two steps. For example, if it's an ISO800 film, it becomes ISO200; ISO400 becomes ISO100 and ISO200 becomes ISO50. If you use this method, you can still keep track of frame numbers, it is easier to organize shots when tackling the EBS method. If you are interested EBS please read about it here.
The color result is different when using different films. From my experience, Kodak gives you more yellow, orange color result, and Fuji gives you more magenta, red color result. Depends on what color you’d like to have on your shot, you can choose the film accordingly. Hope this helps! Let’s try to make our own rosy film and enjoy our redscale life!
If you succeeded in making a redscale film, try these tipsters as well:
- Shoot with Redscale in Overcast Weather!
- Tipster: How to Take Symmetrical Images with Exposing Both Sides of the Film (EBS)