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To guarantee the continuity of cinematographic and photographic practice several things must happen. Film stock needs to be available. Trusted, tested, and reliable cameras must be offered to the ones willing to shoot. And lastly, chemistry is needed. Cameras and film are easy to ship globally. Chemistry is not, most countries have regulations that don't allow chemistry to pass customs so if you are in a country where this happens, like almost all Latin America, you need to consume locally if you have the luck that in your location someone produces chemistry.

In some cases, no one produces chemistry and it's hard to find the chemical compounds needed to produce the solution to process a roll of film.

That's why I start my research on several DIY developers.

My name is Andrés Pardo better known as General Treegan. I’m a film editor, documentary, and experimental filmmaker. I’ve been cutting for more than 20 years. I also research, promote, and teach the film lab process always trying to show that there's no need for special gear.

At the moment I'm working on 3 different paths for B&W film developers, cooking wastes, things I gather walking my dog, and what I call "simple developer" which is a developer made with water, wood ash, and clementine peel powder.

You will find here things in Spanish and English, you can use the translator. Just be aware before purchasing any of the workshops, some are only in one language.