faq (frequently asked questions)
if you have questions about straight 8, not answered below, try asking our facebook group
see also: colin dewar's useful title shooting tips which can be found here (pdf). most of them are transferable to the making of the rest of your film too.
what is super 8 film?
super 8 is a motion picture film format developed by kodak in the 1960s. it's the most accessible format of real film that you can shoot on — cameras and film-stock are relatively cheap, readily available and easy to use. nothing else looks like super 8 film
super 8 film doesn't record sound, so you need to make your soundtrack separately
what camera should i buy/where can i buy one?
super 8 cameras are easy to get hold of and can be picked up for next to nothing, but you’d probably have to pay a bit more for a fully featured and tested camera
quite a lot of super 8 cameras won't automatically meter all modern film stocks — it makes life much easier if you can get one that will. super8wiki.com lists the specs of almost all super 8 cameras
can i enter my films to other festivals?
yes! we love it when straight 8 films get screened at other festivals. it’s your film, not ours so you retain ownership - we just ask for non exclusive rights to show the film ‘under the banner of’ straight 8
who enters straight 8?
the level playing field created by straight 8's rules makes it a great chance for people with everything to prove and nothing to lose. some of the greatest straight 8 films have been made by first time filmmakers. and we love that. and if you are a filmmaker, well you'd love this opportunity to return to your roots, scare yourself, enjoy total filmmaking freedom: you get final cut. all be it in-camera. we don't mind if you use a pseudonym — we just want you to have fun
can i put on my own straight 8 screening?
yes please! we want to have as many screenings in as many places as possible. if you’d like to put on a screening or would like to suggest that we screen somewhere please get in touch