Post # 1
Has anyone else been seeing all the GORGEOUS Super 8 films posted on wedding blogs (especially Style Me Pretty)? I seriously drool over them. They’re just so beautiful, they really capture the day in a sentimental way. I can’t get enough of them.
I am dying to get this done, but it’s SOOO expensive. I had all but given up, but then I started researching Super 8 technology, out of curiosity. Then my crazy idea was born…
Fiance and I are going to buy an old Super 8 camera! We’re going to have a friend film the wedding, then send the film to a company that will convert it to digital format (quite affordable). Then we can upload it to our computer and edit the footage ourselves in video editing software. Looks like it will be $600 all together, that’s a FRACTION of what it would cost to have it done.
It’s a bit of an investment in the camera (and software) — but it feels so worth it! Especially since we’d be able to make many more home movies in this gorgeous style.
Does anyone else have major Super 8 film envy?? Any creative solutions?? Has anyone done this? Any tips?
Post # 3
I’d never seen that before but I LOVE it!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
I haven’t done this (though I really wanted to), but I have heard that each roll of Super 8 Film only lasts for about ten minutes. So make sure you have plenty of film and make sure that the person filiming only gets “the good stuff.” Good luck! I’m sure your video will turn out amazing!
Post # 5
I love this too!!! Not at all a bad investment! Just think of how amazing it will be to catch your child’s first steps in such a beautiful way!!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm
Ack, I love Super 8. My dad’s a photographer, but can’t photograph the wedding (b/c he needs to be in the pictures), but I still want him to be in some photographer-type capacity at our wedding (seriously, one of my only must have pictures is my dad taking pictures..lol). I’ve tried to convince him to do some super 8 filming for us (he collects antique cameras, so he has a camera!), but he doesn’t seem to want to…
You should definitely create a tutorial/ blog about your experiences!
Post # 7
It’s definitely possible to do it! Just make sure when looking at old Super 8 cameras that they work! We have antique 8 and 16mm that we collect, and some even wound when we got them, but died and failed to work pretty quickly. And yes, most rolls will definitely be only 8-10 minutes. I’d say just make sure to find whomever went to film school to deal with it!
Post # 8
Wow, good luck! I’m caving and cutting other parts of our budget to fit in super 8/Hi-Def videography.
Also – be sure whoever converts your raw film gives you a timeframe as to when you’ll get it back and the raw film itself back (if you can). I went to film school and its not unheard of for processing places to screw up the transfers. Also – be sure you know what you’re getting into with the editing. It sounds easy, but for a long project for hours of film it can take weeks or months to edit (doing it full time). It took most of us weeks to edit together a 5-minute film for our senior thesis in film school. It can be done, but just make sure you have the time and energy to finish!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
We wanted to do this, but decided just to make the super 8 effect in post processing. The film is too expensive for the amount of it we would need. Definitely budget for that!
Post # 10
yes, agree with Mouse – i looked into this, but it was muy expensivo b/c the tapes are so short. Whoever tapes should have a plan already written out – like if you want them to capture the venue at different times of the day to see how the sun rises and sets there, or something, and certain parts of the ceremony or reception. The last thing you want to do is sift through a ton of expensive and wasted film on awkward or less important shots. That said, the look RULES and if i had the time or money or camera i would have done the SAME thing!
Post # 11
I too love the look of Super 8, but it’s definitely not in my budget. Layer Cake Films (link) has a package where they send you the camera, film, and a tutorial, and you have someone film the day. Then you send it back and they edit the film for you and make your video. They’re expensive, but maybe there’s another company out there doing the same thing for less.
Post # 12
I own a Super8 and shot a bit for my BF’s cousins wedding. I was a media student so I figured I’d give Super8 a try, but let me tell you it does get expensive fast. The rolls of film I’ve used average about 4 min. Then you have to get the film developed and then transferred. If you are going to edit it yourself try to find a place that will load it right onto a hard drive for you. You will lose some of the quality if they put it on Mini-DV and its a pain to log all that footage.
For those who want the look on a budget… for the most part I hate the Super8 “effects” in most editing programs, but I discovered a trick accidentally that may help. At the end of one of my rolls I had some blank footage, meaning just white with the lines and scratches. I laid it on top of my video footage, added a soft blur and voila! instant Super8 effect.
I’m no professional, but if anyone who is on a budget is interested in hiring me for shooting Super8 and/or editing or even just advice on the topic just PM me. I’m happy to help 🙂