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One Take Super 8 film festival presented by Cinevic

Second edition of lo-fi movie event

  • Oct. 11, 2021 7:30 a.m.

CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers is “super excited” to announce Vancouver Island’s second edition of the One Take Super 8 Event—this time in full Kodak colour! This is a fun, non-competitive, community-driven creation and exhibition opportunity for intrigued newbies, amateur artists and professional filmmakers.

Super 8 film took the world by storm in the 1960s and 70s as an accessible way to make “home movies.” Today, the format lives on as an analogue escape from the digital world. The One Take Super 8 Event began in the year 2000 in Regina SK and, since then, it has inspired the creation and screening of over 1,000 films in more than 50 locations around the world. CineVic presented the island’s first edition in 2019.

CineVic Executive Director David Geiss explains the premise: “Earlier this summer, 22 participants from Victoria and the surrounding region answered the open call to participate. They were then given a camera, a roll of film and one week to create their own three-minute Super 8 movie. The only catch? No editing.”

The filmmakers had to shoot their scenes in order with no second chances, and they’ll witness their work for the first time along with an audience at the community screening on October 23. Soundtracks are optional, and because the Super 8 format does not record sound, they are created separately from the film and manually cued up on the night.

“We all know there’s a bit of magic in the cinematic experience—something we’ve been missing over the past year and a half. This event adds another level of nostalgia with analogue film projectors ticking along in full view of the audience, and a bit more flicker and grit than all the polished digital content” says Geiss. “We’re trying a hybrid screening this time, with limited capacity in the theatre and a livestream for viewers who want or need to watch from home.”

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