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Super 8 Film Festival 2020 poster

In partnership with Nelson Youth Action Network, LighterCyde Film Lab and Nelson Lions Club, The Civic Theatre presents 1 Day/1 Roll Super 8 Youth Challenge. This year’s 2020 hands-on workshop and festival has been moved to an online platform this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic, but we won’t let that get in the way!

Respecting social distancing, Jason Asbell (Filmmaker/Programming Director for The Civic Theatre) and Thomas Nowaczynski (Photographer/Owner of LighterCyde Film Lab), will be your digital online guides through the wonderful world of shooting and processing analog film. Added bonus this year – as we are in-home, we will use and teach how to process black & white film using safe homemade photo-chemistry, ’Caffenol-C’, made with instant coffee, vitamin C powder and washing soda.

What is the 1 Day/1 Roll Super 8 Youth Challenge?

An opportunity to shoot and hand process Super 8 film. Following an interactive workshop, each filmmaker was provided with a Super 8 camera and one 50′ roll of black and white film (3-mins run time), to create an in-camera edited, silent black and white film over the course of 24-hours.  The combined student processed films were projected at a public screening, on film, to be seen for the first time by audience and filmmaker alike.

Why Super 8 analog film?

The limitations of shooting with Super 8 in the digital age, provides creative new perspectives on visual storytelling to young filmmakers. Beyond the purely creative practice benefits, The lessons learned by slowing down and learning this old/new technology, extends into life as well:

  1. Value ~ The Super 8 experience creates an appreciation and value for the resources used in this process, which can inform participants’ sense of value towards resources in general as the world moves further in the post-peak oil era.
  2. Trust ~ There is no way to know if the images you shot worked, or were even captured, as there is no immediate playback. This requires a trust that you executed the proper care in choosing your frame and operation of the camera before pressing the trigger.
  3. Patience ~ The image sits in a mysterious limbo, until the roll is completely run through and awaiting to be coaxed out through the chemical baths of the hand processing stage before you can see what has been captured.
  4. Acceptance ~ If after your trust and patience, the result isn’t what you’d hoped for; the focus was off, the exposure wrong, or an error in the processing, the young filmmaker has to be able to accept the disappointment and learn from it and move on.

Our Super 8 Challenge will be a bit different this year

Adapted for digital delivery, The 2020 Facebook/Youtube video tutorials and filmmaking challenge will include:

WEEK 1

Tutorial 1: Intro to analog Super 8 film

Saturday, June 27th

An intro to basic photographic principles, Super 8 camera operation, and working inside limitations as a creative exercise. The video class will follow along as we go about shooting an in-camera edited roll of Super 8 film as an example for the 1 day/1 roll challenge.

Tutorial 2: Caffenol-C processing the example roll of Super 8

Saturday, June 27th

This video tutorial will go through the recipe and how to mix Caffenol-C and how to hand-process Super 8 film. While the film hangs to dry following the process, we will give you all the details of the rules for this year’s ‘ONLINE & DIGITAL’ SUPER 8 CHALLENGE.

  • YOU WILL SHOOT FILM VIDEO ON A PHONE OR CAMERA.
  • THE SAME LIMITATIONS OF SHOOTING ON SUPER 8 FILM WILL APPLY – EG. IN-CAMERA EDITING ONLY.
  • NO FILMING IS ALLOWED BEFORE 9AM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH!

The tutorial will end with a viewing of the Super 8 example reel being threaded up and projected on an analog film projector.

WEEK 2

Challenge Day: ‘1 Day/ 1 Roll Super 8 Youth Film Challenge’

Saturday, July 4th

Tune in on Facebook LIVE for instructions and a ‘secret prompt’ to start the challenge. Jason will be giving some final instructions and advice during this video! He’ll also be giving everyone a themed prompt to make sure we have a level playing field and nobody has started filming before Challenge Day!

RULES OF THE CHALLENGE:

  1. NO FILMING IS ALLOWED BEFORE 9AM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH!
  2. Shoot piece in order, no post-editing.
  3. DEADLINE FOR DELIVERY OF FILES IS 10AM ON SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH. This ensures that participants submit their entries within 24-hours after filming commences.
  4. Deliver video files individually in a folder named with your film’s title. IMPORTANT – submit with phone/camera-generated names. The numeric order of files and camera date stamping will ensure all sequential shots are present. (You can’t get rid of a bad take in the Super 8 roll and you can’t get rid of it now!)
  5. Submit a separate 3-minute piece of audio to be randomly placed with one of the 3-minute videos (not necessarily your own).
  6. After receiving all video and audio files, The Civic Theatre will assemble the shots into a video playlist according to numerical order to ‘process’ your ‘in-camera’ edited finished piece.
  7. A Facebook viewing party via The Civic Theatre’s page of all the participants’ films will take place that same evening, ‘straight from the chemistry’ of an applied Super 8 filter to the entire reel edited in Premiere Pro.

Viewing Party: ‘1 Day/ 1 Roll Super 8 Youth Film Challenge’ on Facebook

Sunday, July 5th

Tune into The Civic Theatre’s Facebook page at 7:30PM on Sunday, June 7th for the, ‘1 Day/ 1 Roll Super 8 Youth Film Challenge,’ viewing party of the collected finished pieces.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are interested in extending this activity to your students as part of your coursework, or as an additional opportunity, please contact jason@civictheatre.ca to discuss how to take part.

A SAMPLE OF LAST YEAR'S SUPER 8 FILMS

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