I’m not really one for going out and seeing movies, but for the sake of analogue, I did this time.
Call me a bad American but I’ve found myself not watching TV at all anymore. We no longer get cable television at our house and I don’t miss it one bit. However, after a while I did notice that I’ve become attached to the movie industry, which is another part of my former life that I’m not really missing that much. But the one moment I did turn on the TV recently, I was attacked with a movie preview for the movie Super8. I took the name down and shut the TV off.
Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by the legendary Stephen Spielberg, is a film based around a group of young friends who spend their time making homemade horror flicks utilizing the minimalist equipment they have, including their old fixed lens super 8 Kodak video camera. Whilst shooting a scene for a detective zombie movie, the group witnesses a horrific train accident, which luckily is caught on tape by the amateur film makers. After a quick analysis, the group concludes that the accident was no accident at all, and continue to investigate further all the whilst continuing to film their own movies.
Lending the movie its title, Kodak Ektachrome Super 8 film shows up constantly in the film and plays a major role in the movie plot itself! And if you know your movies well enough, you should be able to notice the subtle differences in the filming that are done with true analogue and parts that are digitally altered!
So if you haven’t already, head out to your local theatre and check out Super 8!