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“The One That Got Away” is a short Super 8 film that was made as part of an Introduction to Filmmaking class at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Super 8 technology was at the time, and still is, mostly a non-sync media, mainly because the cameras do not record audio nor do they run at a constant “sync” speed.  This makes it difficult to use Super 8 to make films with dialog or if fact, any films requiring sync audio.  Story had to be told visually, which in itself is a valuable skill for every filmmaker to learn.  When “The One That Got Away” was first screened, the mixed sound track (music and effects) was played back separately using a 1/4″ reel-reel tape deck.  Syncing picture and sound together was hit or miss, +/- a half a second or so.

Here is the fight scene from the film:

Bethany Gully
Peter Cristo
Sam Cromwell

Steven Holloway

Super 8mm

Super 8mm is the smallest size of all the current film formats. Before video editing, this medium was used by universities and colleges to teach film production. Students would shoot their projects on either a color (Ektachrome or Kodachrome) or B&W (Plus-X or Tri-X) reversal film stock and then edit the camera footage using a film viewer, rewinds and a tape splicer. Well fortunately for the sake of quality and having more editing capabilities, those days are gone. Now the super 8 footage can be transferred to a tape format or a digital file for editing. The camera original is therefore protected from the risk being scratched and or broken, which commonly occurred with super 8 film editing.

Super 8mm will be the film format that will be used for all projects in the FILMMAKING 101 course. For color work VISION3 200T negative film stock will be used. For the B&W projects, Tri-X reversal stock is the only B&W stock still available for Super 8. The film footage will be processed and transferred to a digital file for editing.

Here’s a screen shot from a film shot on Ektachrome 30 years ago:


From the music video Get Over You

Welcome to Latent Imager.  This blog was created FOR YOU…. aspiring filmmakers who want to learn about the craft and art of film production.

Much has changed in film production since I made my first film in 1980.  Film stocks have improved dramatically and, with the advent of digital and all its great tools and capabilities, filmmakers have been able to expand the medium to higher levels of quality and practical use.  Film cameras too have also changed significantly, incorporating many of the advances in newly developed technologies.  However, even with all the many camera improvements, older cameras (developed as much as 40 years ago) can still produce stunning images, due to the inherent nature and evolution of the medium itself.

The format of this blog is project based… much like a university film program.  However, for the first nine months I will be assigning myself (see the heading “About“) a series of film projects to shoot and post on this site… much like class assignments.  And to break in into the world of film production gradually, the first assignments will be simple Super-8 film projects (Filmmaking 101),  As the year progresses, the blog will advance (one project at a time, one course at a time) to projects shot in 16mm (Filmmaking 201 and beyond).

As the year unfolds, each project, and sometimes its various stages, will be graphically displayed on the “Timeline” and also categorized under one of the Filmmaking 101-501 headings.  Links to related sites, videos and podcasts will also be posted to help facilitate learning.  I’m hoping you will join the blog, follow my progress, add comments and pose lots of questions along the way.  The first project is due to begin on September 1, 2011.

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