Is Super 8 making a Comeback?

That Elusive Film Look

The article Making Your Video Look More Like Film, was very interesting. But making even low budget movies like the one you mention, Open Water, is very expensive for the average videographer.

Let’s take for example the Open Water movie budget. That movie cost $130,000, and if we can add the other accessories that you mention in the article; like a 35mm adapter, Tiffen film-look filters, glidecam etc. You can closely end up with a $136,000 budget.

It is true that film stock costs a lot more when compared to video tapes, but I was checking on the Internet and noticed that there is a new interest in Super-8 film because you can now have a lot more of different stocks to choose from. You can buy film cameras for about $20.00 and many of them have 24fps, slow motion effect, one frame at a time for animation, and with really good depth of field because it is film. If you take care of the lighting, aperture, and use a good tripod, you can make a movie that can be compared with a 16mm or even a 35mm feature and all of that with a fraction of what it cost Open Water, if we take that movie as an example. If you show it on the big screen you are going to see grain, but that, too, is changing with new technology, which improves the look of Super-8 on the big screen. And most of today’s video producers make their videos or films to show on TV and not in theaters. Yes, one of the major drawbacks in film is that you can’t see right away what you shot, but in most, if not all, major 35mm features, there is a technician called the Video Assist. This person’s job is to record what the camera sees and tell the director if the shot is out of focus, if there’s something going on in the background, and any number of things that would make the director want to re-shoot the scene.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I use video a lot, but also film, and I understand that Videomaker is a magazine for the video user. I just want to give my opinion on this article. Thank you very much and keep up the good work.

Cesar D. Diaz, Coki Film & Video

Caguas, Puerto Rico

You are correct, Cesar, and we’ve been reading about a number of ‘retro’ film clubs cropping up and people digging out those old film projectors and perusing yard sales for old 8mm cameras.

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Sony Vegas Pro 10

Just to let you know I enjoyed the well-done Sony Vegas Pro review and, like it says in Brent Holland’s bio: I too am obsessed with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II ! What a wonderful object of love it is! And how hugely happy I was when I could easily drop my .MOV files in it after upgrading from Vegas 9.0 to 10.0. Kudos to Brent and to the whole staff. Please do more articles on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and its video capabilities: they are so hard to fully explore and exploit.

Stefano Guandalini, MD

Flossmoor, IL

Thanks for your enthusiasm, Stefano we have many articles on HDSLR use planned in the future. Like Mr. Diaz’ letter above, there’s a lot of stimulus in the video producing field now that producers are finally able to handle depth of field issues that standard camcorders had some difficulty with. <!–Check out these two stories The Mechanics of Interchangeable Lenses and HDSLRs buyer’s guide.–>

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Bookmarking Videomaker

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Ron Harper

Cincinnati, OH

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