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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?)

A Guide To Kodak Super 8mm Filmstocks

Note: All Kodak Super 8mm filmstocks are 50 feet in length (yields 3 minutes and 20 seconds at 18 f.p.s.) and silent (all Kodak sound filmstocks have been discontinued due to environmental problems).

Kodachrome 40
Color reversal film
ASA 40
Type A
Description: A general-purpose tungsten-balanced color filmstock. Due to its low speed, a movie light is required for indoor filming. Better suited for filming in daylight, although an 85 filter is required. I use Kodachrome 40 for all my filmmaking, although I'm thinking of trying other filmstocks.

Ektachrome VNF 7240
Color reversal film
ASA 125
Type A
Description: A 16mm filmstock which Kodak has converted to Super 8mm to replace the discontinued Ektachrome 160 Types A and G filmstocks. Tungsten-balanced. Ideal for use in low-light situations. Can be used outside with an 85B (?) filter, but care must be taken to avoid overexposing the film when used in bright sunlight.

Vision 200T "Surveillance Film"
Color negative film
ASA 200
Type A
Description: I do not know much about this filmstock. It is popular with professional filmmakers, but not very useful to most amateur filmmakers. Unlike reversal filmstocks, processed Vision 200T films cannot be directly projected. Tungsten-balanced.

Black & white reversal film
ASA 50
Description: A general-purpose black & white filmstock. It is not very good for indoor filming due to its low speed. Better suited for filming in daylight.

Black & white reversal film
ASA 200
Description: A black and white filmstock suitable for filming indoors or in low-light conditions. Due to its high speed, care should be taken to avoid overexposing the film when filming in bright sunlight.

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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
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