So I finally got my super8mm, black and white rolls developed and transferred to video. Yes, super 8mm film is alive and (for now) kicking, thanks to music video, skateboard films like Charnoski and Nichols’ Fruit of the Vine or Tent City, and websites like Filmshooting.com. So why film? It’s more expensive to shoot, you have to pay more attention to lighting and exposure settings, you can’t immediately see the results, there are plug-ins and programs that can simulate the look of film, etc. Despite all these drawbacks, I love super8 film because:
- It’s more expensive, but it’s not prohibitively expensive; it’s the cheapest of all film formats.
- It’s relatively easy to get the equipment from garage sales or ebay.
- You could imitate the look of film with a normal video camera, but shooting film is an entirely different experience than shooting video. Anyone who’s shot super8 before knows what I’m talking about.
- Watching footage from a projector is such a different (and cooler) experience than viewing the same stuff via a dvd player and TV.
- Film is still the best archival media format. I could write a whole series of posts on this one, but it’ll be easier if you just check out the Home Movie Day or Film Forever sites.
Anyways, I thought I’d share some of the footage I got back from the developers, mainly for my friends in Oz and for Matt, owner of the currently defunct Fatt Matt’s Skatepark. Leave relevant comments if you want the film nerd details (i.e., what camera I used, film stock, film labs, etc.).