I’m much more comfortable behind the lens of a still camera, 35mm, 120, even digital. But I wanted to try something new, and that was Super 8, yep the infamous home movie format that I’m sure many of my older readers have family movies tucked away in this format. Well Super 8 isn’t dead, my good friends at Kodak are still producing two types, Tri-X a B&W film and Ektachrome E100D, a colour film stock. Recently I was able to find a source for super 8 here in Ontario, West Camera on Queen Street in Toronto so I rushed around to find a Super 8 camera and picked up a couple cartridges. I loaded up 100′ of film and headed off to northern Michigan for Photostock, oddly appropirate to shoot super 8.

Then I waited as I sent the film off to Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, KS, and earlier this week it got back to me, complete with a DVD of the footage and the note saying that the film was out of focus, and scratched, but no exposure issues, so that was something at least. I watched the footage and my heart sank, it was pretty bad, the focus was way off, so I removed the DVD from my computer and let it sit, and it sat there for a day. Then I thought, I spent enough money to get this done, I should do something with it. So into Premiere Pro it went (yes, the ironry of using one of hte more powerful editing suites to splice together Super 8, is not lost on me) added a music track, and uploaded it for better or worse. Well here it is.

Yep, looks like something out of the 60s, doesn’t it? Well it’s grown on me as I cut up the big long video file, the music works perfectly (the track came up on my mp3 player on tuesday night driving home). And after seeing it on YouTube…I’m proud of my piece. First time doing video since a wedding in 2007.

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  1. I love it. Actually, the cars, plastic cups and the “reflector” sheet are the only things that you see to make out that this is not the ’60’s. Well, that, and maybe the clothing style.

    I don’t know if you did it on purpose, but the shots themselves (highway, flag, some monument) make it look very “authentic”. The modern font cut in doesn’t harm it, only adds to the “found back lost film”.

    One point of critique: the SMPTE leader (the countdown sequence) in the start you could do without It’s something only used originally in movie picture and film television productions and not something you would ever see in a home movie. Also, the effect is overused and wastes the viewers time.

    But other than that, very cool, and a brave attempt to go on with editing and sharing it!

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