“In this era of camcorder jockey’s and DV filmmakers, a big part of the Filmmaking process – the FILM part – is sorely missing. Aspiring filmmakers can learn aspects of shooting film and lighting for film by practicing on Super 8 movie film at a fraction of the cost of 16mm.” – Sonnyboo
Yes digital video recorders are now easy to use, more affordable, more accessible but just as Super 8 independent filmmaker Sonnyboo asserts, is still the way to go especially for aspiring filmmakers who really, truly, want to learn about the nitty gritty of this age-old craft.
Sonnyboo shares, "In this era of camcorder jockey’s and DV filmmakers, a big part of the filmmaking process – the FILM part – is sorely missing. Aspiring filmmakers can learn aspects of shooting film and lighting for film by practicing on Super 8 movie film at a fraction of the cost of 16mm. "
This independent filmmaker is currently using a NIKON R10 professional grade Super 8 film camera, which is his latest purchase. "There is something about the use of film and the look and feel. In popular culture today, we have trained out eyes to view the VIDEO look as “real”, as in reality TV or talk shows or the news. Film gets the distinction of being something we, the audience need to get out voluntary suspension of disbelief," says Sonnyboo on his website.
He stresses that while aspiring filmmakers may get turned off with the expensive cost on shooting with actual film, like the 16mm and 35mm film, Super 8 movie film is actually the more affordable option.
He adds, “8mm film was made as a consumer film to make home movies in the 1930’s by Kodak. By the 1950’s it was becoming very common. In the 1980’s, home video camcorders became the mainstay and much cheaper than developing film.”