“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:
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: