Behind the Scenes | Nepal

Shooting 16mm film in Kathmandu

Simply put, I am never going to travel abroad again without the Canon Scoopic in my bag. Sure, it’s by far the heaviest part of my gear, weighing in around 8 pounds, not including the strange battery charger. But it’s worth it. And with Kodak re-releasing their beautiful Ektachrome stock this past year, I’ve never been more excited to shoot motion picture film!

In Kathmandu, we woke up just after sunrise and hit the streets around Patan Durbar Square, trying to capture life in the morning of this unique part of the city. Using wild sound we recorded with the Zoom H6, I was able to cut together the below short video. The music was performed for us by local musicians in a bar in Thamel.

I also shot a couple of 100 ft loads of color film, of which we are currently using in the longer documentary film about the music of Nepal. Shout-out to the best lab in the world, Cinelab, who have been processing and scanning my adventures in film since I was a grad film student at Boston University. (It’s been awhile.)