A little over a month ago we added a new member to our family - a Canon 518 Super 8mm. I've been coveting one for a long time and have always been in love with the gritty, imperfectly-perfect looks of super 8 footage. Not to mention the challenge of shooting without any feedback - you capture what you capture and you find out later what it looks like. Nerve-wracking in the best way.
So what exactly is super 8mm?
Put simply, it's an old-school film format created in 1965. It comes in the form of a reel of film that feeds over the lens, exposing 18 tiny frames of film each second. In other words, it creates a series of photographs very quickly which, after being developed, can be fed through a projector and played as a moving picture. Back in the sixties and seventies, super 8 film was the go-to format for family videos since it was relatively easy to use compared to previous mediums, and many households had their own projectors to show home movies on. Since video and then digital mediums came about it's become pretty obsolete, except in a few circles where it's still appreciated and used for it's unique (and totally rad) properties. If you're interested in seeing more of what Super 8 can do, check out the Straight 8 Festival, a film fest whose entries are all shot on a single roll of 8mm.
Super 8mm film used to be everywhere, but it's much harder to find these days (and even harder to find a place that can process and digitize it). Thank goodness for Niagara Custom Lab, who were able to provide film, processing AND digitizing. Dang!
We thought that the perfect occasion for trying out our new baby would be the 1st birthday celebration of our sis Candyce's not-so-new baby, Tristan. Candyce threw a pretty incredible backyard bash (featuring props and decor by our sister-business, Neat Rentals) and we were rolling. Read more about the party and see some photos featured on the Buddhi Baby blog, and take a look at the video below!
We're so excited to be rolling out Super 8 as a format for videos that we shoot. We'll be featuring a combination on Super 8 and digital footage for our Whole Shebang wedding video package, and offering it as an add-on or stand alone as well.
We can't wait to have more opportunities to let it roll!