Super 8 is a unique format in that you’ve a fixed length of recording medium, in a tamper proof container, that is easily accessible for a relatively small investment. The single cartridge film festivals grew up out of a desire to tell a story on a single cartridge of film, shooting it in order, with no edits – a totally different kind of film challenge – one that makes the most of Super 8’s attributes.
Usually, the first time the filmmaker will see it is at a public screening with or without a recorded or live soundtrack – as you can imagine, there are nerves all round!
Recognising the rise of these festival phenomena, we’ve assembled a range of handy hits, tips and advice to make your shoot run more smoothly. The challenge of shooting your film, shot by shot, with only in camera edits and assembling a seperate soundtrack, can be daunting – but with some simple planning and a bit of forthought the results can be truly stunning.
The possibilities are endless with just a Super 8mm camera and a single cartridge of film, so, if you want to learn more, read on…
straight 8 on Vimeo
Whilst the tensions rose for our 2014 challenge, Vimeo ran the best films from single cartridge competitions. We’ve got those films here…
Single cartridge anatomy
After a particularly stressful single cartridge shoot we decided to analyse what we did to try and learn a few lessons. Read one…
The Other Half
Nick Scott’s amazing straight 8 film illustrates just what’s possible with some technical know how, ingenuity and a whole load of filmmaking confidence!
straight 8 on DVD
The best of the best from the world’s biggest single cartridge Super 8 film festival, on one handy DVD!
Top Ten Tips for single cartridge
Exactly what it says – top tips to help keep stress at bay and relationships intact!
A box of of electronics that might just help you get those shots perfectly timed.
single cartridge festivals
Here’s a list of who’s currently who in the world of Single Cartridge, in camera edit, film festivals…
Georgetown Super 8
One Take Super 8
Revel-8 Film Festival
Taos Bentley Film Festival
Tourné Monté Super 8
single cartridge films
Some truly stunning and amazing examples of the single cartridge Super 8 film genre from vimeo
Biskremosis – Amazing team animation by Marc Holtbecker and Co
Springlove – Spring is in the air for Herrjapmans
Looking for Marilyn – a cautionary tale of celebrity gone wrong, directed by Anna Blandford and Anna Valdez Hank
Everything But… – Colin Dewar’s amazing stop frame masterpiece
50 Feet that Shook the World – John Cannizzaro’s stop motion homage
The Other Half – split screen break up by Nick Scott
Sacre Bleu! – hunt for fine wine by Will and George
Sticks and Balls – Jacqueline Wright’s stunning golf music video spoof