Too much light with ISO 400 film

Chris wrote:

I use a small bedroom in my house for a studio. I’m just getting started and only have a 100 w/s strobe with an 18 inch silver umbrella. Even with such a small light, I’m still getting too much light. If I shot b&w 400 iso film, I struggle to get shutter speeds slow enough to sync with my flash. It’s okay if I use 100 iso. I’m using the 1/2 setting on my strobe.

What can I do to get rid of some light? Is a softbox going to fix it? Can I just shoot through or reflect off a translucent umbrella?

Thanks in advance.

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