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Super 8 movie making – smallformat

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James from Retrothing writes in –

I’ve been working on a Super 8 movie making magazine called smallformat with a bunch of dedicated Super 8 filmmakers from Europe. We’re putting the finishing touches on our ninth issue this week. It’s an eclectic mix of nostalgia and modern filmmaking information that introduces the ‘digital generation’ to the magic of film.

The really cool bit? They have started to offer free downloads of their articles in pdf format.

This is a project that I’ve invested a lot of sweat and tears into over the past 18 months. Even though it’s a tiny magazine with only a few thousand readers, we’re doing everything we can to make it world-class. Who knows… perhaps part of my love of film is that I was too young to use Super 8 in its heyday during the 1970s, but it’s a stunningly beautiful medium when combined with modern computer-based editing and effects software.

SMALLFORMAT · Aktuell – Themen der aktuellen Ausgabe – Link.

4 thoughts on “Super 8 movie making – smallformat

  1. I have a couple of Super-8 cameras and some lights that I aquired for a pittance. But I was put off by not being able to find good information on how to use modern Super-8 film stock with the older camera. Apparently old cameras were built to now-obsolete film formulations, so you cannot just load and shoot? How is this dealt with?

  2. Kodak still manufactures five Super 8 films (color, B&W and color negative). They will work with nearly all Super 8 cameras. However, some ‘low end’ Super 8 cameras only operate with a couple of film speeds to simplify their design. (most often, people shot with 40 ASA Kodachrome color film, which was discontinued several years ago).

    Here’s a wiki that tells you which cameras will work with modern film stocks: http://super8wiki.com/index.php/Super_8_EKTACHROME_64T_motion_picture_film_exposed_in_old_cameras

    If you have a low-end Super 8 camera that can’t read modern film speeds, you can still purchase Kodachrome 40 as a house brand from Wittner in Germany: http://www.wittner-cinetec.de

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