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In addition to my many other hobbies, I'm also a Super 8mm filmmaker. Some may ask "Isn't 8mm/Super 8mm dead?" Well, in actuality, it's far from dead. Even though it has been mostly replaced by video, it is still far superior to video. Super 8mm enjoys a cult status among filmmakers trying to achieve a "home video" look and amateur filmmakers trying to make professional-looking movies "on the cheap." My main camera is a Bell & Howell Autoload camera model 431. My other cameras are a Chinon 132P XL(I don't trust it as much as my 431), a GAF Anscomatic (it runs, but I haven't shot a test roll of film with it yet), and a Kodak Ektasound 130 (haven't tested it yet due to battery contact corrosion). The 431 is a solid camera which is of all-metal (?) construction unlike my Chinon, which is all-plastic. I think the GAF, which was made by Chinon in the late 60's/early 70's, is of mostly metal construction. I am unsure about the Ektasound; I just hope the gears inside aren't going to disintegrate like my ill-fated M18. All four use Super 8mm cartridge film, although the Ektasound can also use now-discontinued sound Super 8mm film as well as still-available Super 8mm silent film. So far, I have bought three rolls of Kodachrome 40 color movie film, out of which I have shot 2 full rolls. I bought my film at Walgreens, where they special-ordered it for me (sadly, they aren't able to do that anymore). They charged $6.99 per roll, and $8.60 for developing. So far, I have found Super 8mm filmmaking to be fun. Enjoy the site!
5/24/19100 UPDATE: I finally finished my first Super 8mm feature film, "Jar-Jar In Space". To read more about it, click here!
6/12/19100 UPDATE: I got two more Super 8mm cameras at a flea market: a GAF Anscomatic ST87, and a Kodak Ektasound 130.
6/30/19100 UPDATE: More on the Jar-Jar In Space page.
4/17/19101 UPDATE: Man, has it been a while since I updated this page. Anyway, I have recently filmed what may become my next masterpiece (yeah right): Turbinium! I heard that a 500-ton power station turbine was being moved through my hometown, so I grabbed my camera and captured this epic (ahem) event. More later!
Equipment I Own:
Cameras: Bell & Howell model 431, Chinon model 132P XL, GAF Anscomatic ST87, Ektasound 130 (possibly broken)
Projector: Kodak Instamatic model M50
Screen: 50"x50" glass-beaded screen of unknown manufacturer (Da-Lite?)
My Favorite Super 8mm Web Sites
Super 8mm Filmmaking by Michael Nyberg
Mike Brantleys Super-8 Filmmaking
8mm Film Format Metadirectory
Yahoo Super 8mm Category