My First Super 8 Reel

This is a couple years old already.

It cost me about $100 to purchase the film cartridge and then have the three minutes of footage processed and scanned. Which is why I haven’t shot much else in the two years since.

With digital video cameras capable of shooting hours upon hours of footage for essentially no cost, shooting on Super 8 is a bit of an archaism. Super 8 is costly, unwieldy and more complex, not to mention unforgiving: my washed-out footage is a testament to that.  With a digital camera, you can afford a certain level of incompetence; botch a shot and you can just shoot another. With Super 8, you won’t even know you’ve botched a shot until weeks later, when you’ve had the footage processed and digitized to the tune of a couple hundred bucks.

Still, I find Super 8 has a charm, a character, that makes it worth the effort. Digital video can often feel sterile, clinical and lifeless. Film, in particular Super 8, feels natural, warm, organic. That doesn’t mean its necessarily better than digital video, but its something I’d like to have in my arsenal.

I shot this to test out the Canon 514 XL-S that I picked up at a garage sale. The film stock was Ektachrome 100D, now discontinued. The footage came back overexposed, but it served its purpose: the camera’s in working order and there’s no noticeable abrasions on the lens.

The footage was all shot around my neighborhood, in downtown Toronto, during the course of a day.

 

 

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