Join Brussels' FIRST community darkroom !

Help us build Brussels' best community darkroom!

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Join Brussels' FIRST community darkroom !

<h2>Hello again! We&rsquo;re Cole and Raph from Mori Film Lab and we want to build Brussel&rsquo;s best new community Darkroom!</h2> <h2>&nbsp;</h2> <p>About 7 months ago we launched our first KissKissBankBank campaign. 30 days later we had raised more than the original 5000 euro goal, which let us open the film lab of our dreams.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since then the lab has been growing... fast. We had very low expectations when creating Mori Film Lab. We just <strong>wanted to do something we loved</strong> and hoped people would like it too.&nbsp;</p> <p>But so far we&#39;ve <strong>smashed all the goals</strong> we set ourselves for the shop and lab. We&#39;re processing more and more film every day, and we&#39;ve already had to expand our team to help us stay on top of everything!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ve been getting a lot of great feedback from our customers (❤️&nbsp;Mori Film Lab community) which makes us super grateful for how far we&rsquo;ve already come. This is why we are always <strong>looking to create better opportunities</strong> for the local film community.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>One of the questions we get asked non-stop is if we also have a darkroom or do darkroom prints and sadly the answer has always been no... until now.</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><strong>What&rsquo;s the project?</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One month ago we received a rare opportunity. The neighbours behind our lab space recently moved out and the amazing people at the Forest Factory offered us part of the huge space.&nbsp;</p> <p>At first we were only going to take a fraction of the space, to use as storage or to expend the lab a little. But this space is one of a kind.&nbsp;Sandwiched between two buildings and with no windows it would make an amazing darkroom!</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>This was the lightbulb moment for our darkroom project.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>However the space is currently still bare, with no power or&nbsp;plumbing. Some serious <strong>renovation works need to be done</strong>, which is pretty expensive.&nbsp;</p> <p>So we asked you, our community if there would be much interested in darkroom printing, and the answer was overwhelmingly <strong>YES</strong>!</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <h3><strong>So f**k it, let&rsquo;s do it!</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To plan this project we needed a little help from someone who knows the darkroom through and through. This is where our friend <strong>Fran&ccedil;ois</strong> comes in. He&#39;s&nbsp;a <strong>darkroom veteran</strong>, having spent countless hours printing and processing in many different darkrooms.</p> <h3><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></h3> <p>That&rsquo;s us standing in what will become the darkroom.</p> <h3><strong>But first, why start a darkroom in 2021?&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the same reasons film photography is making a comeback! Many people now start to understand that <strong>the</strong> <strong>process of making a photograph doesn&#39;t end when you fire the shutter</strong>. More and more people are drawn to the darkroom to learn how to print their pictures.</p> <p>Good quality developing is the best, and getting high-res scans sent straight to your email is even better, but no matter how good the scans are, holding your physical photo is a world away from seeing it on a screen. There&#39;s something magical about <strong>holding a photograph that YOU made from start to finish</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The other reason is one we&#39;ve heard from Fran&ccedil;ois and other photography students. So many students fall in love with the darkroom printing process at school, then once they graduate they no longer have access to a darkroom, and the knowledge and practice of darkroom printing is lost.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>There&#39;s a clear lack of accessible darkrooms in Brussels, and there&#39;s clearly a growing demand from students and enthusiasts&nbsp;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So we got together with Fran&ccedil;ois and the Forest Factory team and drew up some plans...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Black &amp; white and colour enlarging</strong>: while black and white printing is great, most people nowadays also shoot colour and we think you should have the possibility to print both types yourself.</li> <li><strong>Easy to use for beginners</strong>: Darkroom printing should not be intimidating. We want you to be able to understand the equipment well and have fun printing.</li> <li><strong>Fun to use for experienced printers</strong>: We want to give our more experienced printers a choice between &#39;easy&#39; and &#39;advanced&#39; equipment, which is why we decided to invest in some top-of-the-line equipment.</li> <li><strong>Accessible and easy to book</strong>: Planning your printing sessions in the darkroom should be easy. Book a time slot directly on our website and just drop by and start printing.</li> <li><strong>Big enough for multiple users at the same time</strong>: A good darkroom needs to be big enough and efficiently laid-out for multiple people to use it at the same time, without interfering with each other&rsquo;s work.</li> <li><strong>Flexible time slots</strong>: book for just one hour or for several. Just have a couple of pictures you want to print? Simply book a couple of hours with no strings attached and you&rsquo;re good to go !</li> <li><strong>Accessible and affordable for casual darkroom printers and students</strong>: We&nbsp;want to make it accessible for casual printers by offering an hourly rental system for those who just need a couple of hours every now and then.&nbsp;Looking to print regularly? We&#39;ll also be implementing&nbsp;a <strong>membership plan, giving you significant discounts</strong> on darkroom and lab pricing over a month&nbsp;or trimester.</li> <li><strong>Experimental</strong>: While it&rsquo;s primarily meant to be a traditional darkroom we also want to create a place for people to experiment with alternative processes. This will be possible on special darkroom days and during courses.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Most importantly it should also be <strong>a place where you can learn</strong>. We want to hold regular courses for you to be able to learn how to use a darkroom and be completely independent in creating your own beautiful prints.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As of today all the plans have been drawn, we have received quotes for the works and already found part of the darkroom equipment.&nbsp;You can help and support us with one of the <strong>many different campaign rewards</strong>, and there should be something for everyone!&nbsp;</p> <h3><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></h3> <h3><strong>Don&rsquo;t shoot film but still like our project?</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Are you looking to donate a little something but you aren&#39;t interested in one of the film-related rewards? That&#39;s okay! At the very bottom of the page there is a &#39;Make a donation&#39; box.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you so much! Come grab a coffee with us when you drop by our store!</p> <p>Alternatively you can come with your friends and family and get your portrait taken and printed as a traditional darkroom print !</p> <p>All backers will be invited to our darkroom opening party with a free drink and quick visit&nbsp;of the new darkroom.</p>

Allocation of funds

<p>We have already put up a lot of&nbsp;the money for the project and the necessary equipment but building a brand new darkroom is expensive.</p> <p><strong>Here&#39;s a quick breakdown of how our &euro;7000&nbsp;goal will be spent:</strong></p> <p>&euro;2535: Building&nbsp;the light-tight walls around the darkroom space.</p> <p>&euro;1285: Electrical installation.</p> <p>&euro;500: Plumbing</p> <p>&euro;1510: Colour heads for the enlargers, masks to print up to 6x9, safelights and other small darkroom items.</p> <p>&euro;520: KissKissBankBank fee. 8% of the goal will go to pay for the KissKissBankBank platform.</p> <p>&euro;650 Marketing of our project. This marketing budget helps us spread the word in the local film community!</p> <hr /> <h3><strong>Stretch goal: 10000&euro; dream big right?</strong></h3> <p>Our 10 000 euro stretch goal will make it able for us to equip every&nbsp;room with a colour enlarger and equip an&nbsp;extra room to be able to make wall-mounted large format prints.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p>


Featured reward

Pre-Order FilmNeverDie Niji - FREE ROLL included


  • 32 contributions
Niji's are currently out of stock but we have a big shipment on the way from Australia. As the stock will be limited this is your chance to be the first one to get yours ! Since you are directly supporting our project by purchasing this product you will also get a FREE ROLL of FilmNeverDie Kiro 400 on top of your camera to get shooting straight away ! This kit includes: Niji reusable 35mm camera Felt carry pouch Strap Instruction manual 1x Free Roll of Kiro 400 Description: Meet Niji from FilmNeverDie. Niji is the camera that will replace all your disposables for ever. Disposable camera pictures have a very distinct look that a lot of us love but they do come with a lot of drawbacks. The main one is that most single use cameras actually go straight to landfill and are not recycled like it used to be in the 90s as it is often told. Niji is here to change that. Niji means rainbow 🌈 in Japanese and like FilmNeverDie says: it’s time for us all to show some colour back to Mother Earth as we enjoy our film photography. Niji will give you all the features you love from your disposable (grain, vignette, fill in flash = your typical « film look ») while being easy to reload and reuse as many times as you want! This will keep the disposable experience alive while allowing you to experiment with different film stocks.

Estimated delivery: June 2021

Every little helps!


  • 7 contributions
A big thank you! ❤️ We really appriciate you believing in us. We give you a big virtual hug! Your name will be on our online wall of fame.

PRESALE: 5x high-resolution develop and scan voucher (10% discount)


  • 10 contributions
Big thanks! ❤️ We really appriciate you believing in us. This virtual voucher is valid for developing and scanning 5 rolls of C41 (colour) film. You save 10% of the standard dev & scan price! Your name will be featured on our online wall of fame.

1 month Darkroom subscription !


  • 10 contributions
45% discount on darkroom hours and priority booking! Priority film developing. Your name will be engraved on the darkroom wall of fame! You are now part of Mori Film Lab! One of your black and white photos will be featured in our DARKROOM exhibition! Your name will appear on our online wall of fame.

Community exhibition


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Big thanks ❤️ We really appriciate you believing in us. Send us your black and white pictures and one will be featured in our first DARKROOM exhibition! You can collect your picture after the exhibition. Your name will be featured in our online wall of fame.

Your darkroom portrait !


  • 5 contributions
Many thanks❤️ Get your portrait taken the old fashioned way! This includes: A portrait of you alone, with your friends or your mum taken with a film camera. A black and white print of this photo, handmade by us in our new darkroom.

PRESALE: 10x high-resolution develop and scan voucher (20% discount)


  • 27 contributions
Big thanks! ❤️ We really appriciate you believing in us! This virtual voucher is valid for developing and scanning 10 rolls of C41 (colour) film. This saves you 20% of the standard dev & scan price! Your name will be featured on our online wall of fame.

A 20x30 print


  • 8 contributions
Thank you so much ❤️ We really appreciate your help. You just gave yourself a print, handmade by us! We will make you a custom print on quality paper, from the negative of your choice! Want a print from a digital file? We can make you a beautiful inkjet print! One of your black and white photos will be presented in our DARKROOM exhibition! Your name will appear on our online wall of fame.



  • 3 contributions
A big thank you ❤️ Thank you for believing in our project. You just got yourself 5 hours in the darkroom at a discounted price*! Included in these hours are: An introduction and explanation of how the darkroom works. Guidance is possible throughout your time in the darkroom. The option to switch to a monthly subscription when you want. One of your black and white photos will be presented in our DARKROOM exhibition! Your name will also appear on our online wall of fame! At the end of these 5 hours you will feel right at home printing in the darkroom! *Hours are valid WITHOUT a membership. If you also take a membership this will give you 10 hours in the darkroom!

Darkroom classes !


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Many thanks ❤️ Thank you for believing in our project. You have just signed up for our first black and white darkroom printing course! This includes: A complete introduction to the world darkroom printing An explanation of the equipment and the enlarger Print from your choice of negative Paper developing explanation of density, contrast and dodging & burning techniques One of your black and white photos will be presented in our DARKROOM exhibition! Your name will also appear on our online wall of fame! Classes will be given in small groups. Several dates will be available.

Be part of the first Darkroom community in Brussels!


Come grab a coffee (or a good beer depending on the time ;)) with us. You'll get a private guided backstage tour of the lab and the darkroom where we'll walk you through how the machines work and our processing workflow. Your name will be engraved on the darkroom wall of fame! You are now part of Mori Film Lab! We'll print one of your photos in our darkroom or inkjet for a 20x30 digital photo. One of your black and white photos presented in our DARKROOM exhibition! Your name will appear on our online wall of fame.



You just took your pass for the YEAR in the darkroom! And you just single-handedly funded 8% of our goal. That's huge and we are eternally grateful! You are the best ❤️ A limited edition metal Mori Film Lab VIP membership card, giving you a lifetime 10% discount on your hours spent in the darkroom. 45% off darkroom hours and priority booking Priority film developing Your name will be engraved on the darkroom wall of fame! You are now part of Mori Film Lab! One of your black and white photos will be featured in our DARKROOM exhibition! Your name will appear on our online wall of fame.

VIP - Complete course from film to print. 1 on 1


  • 1 contribution
Good choice! 2 days of VIP one on one black and white courses. Learn to develop and learn to print by yourself. You'll go home with lots of self-made prints! First day: An explanation of the different emulsions and film formats 1 hour photo walk, using your camera or one of ours 1 roll of film of your choice Explanation of the types of chemistry and processing methods Guided developing session High resolution scans of your hand developed film, sent directly to your email! Second day: Explanation of the negative selection process. Introduction to the world of darkroom printing Printing from your negative Darkroom printing by hand Your name will appear on our wall of fame online and in-store. BONUS: A free Paterson developing tank so you can start developing immediately at home.

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