Cooper the Film Scientist is an experimental media artist who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has a need to continuously investigate filmmaking processes and the technical gear associated with them. He creates his films using techniques such as optical printing, contact printing, hand processing, and emulsion manipulation. Cooper is known for his technique of manipulating film emulsion prior to photographing images. He has buried black and white and colour 16mm film stocks in soil, bathed it in baking soda, berg colour toner, household bleach and photographic bleach all before photographing the film’s images. Cooper also explores the science behind film emulsion making, organic film developer recipes and tinting and toning using household ingredients. Over the last 25 years Cooper has gained an extensive knowledge of the filmmaking process; he started off his career working in the lighting and grip department on a variety of mainstream productions, such as CBC's North of 60 series and the American television series Lonesome Dove to being the Technical Director at Ottawa’s Independent Filmmakers Co-operative . Since 2010 Cooper has been offering his Cinematography services to Ottawa’s Media Arts Scene, presently he teaches Media Arts at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre and Saw Video Media Arts Centre. The Film Scientist is an award-winning film artist, his films have screened at festivals and art galleries across Canada and Internationally.

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