One Take Super 8 Event

The One Take Super 8 Event (OTS8) began in 2000, with 20 filmmakers each shooting a single reel of Super 8 film, which then premiered to an audience without the filmmakers seeing their work beforehand. All the films were shown as shot. No cuts. No splices. The popularity of this non-competitive festival has allowed it to return each year with more filmmakers participating. To date over 1000 films have been created for over 50 One Take Super 8 Events across North America!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Go West!

We are thrilled to announce another piece of exciting news this week (what could top an OTS8 win at Slamdance?!)

Well if you're in Vancouver and surrounding area (come on Burnaby, you know you want to), you'll be thrilled to know that you'll now have a chance to take part in your very own One Take Super 8 Event thanks to our friends at the Iris Film Collective.

They are launching their call for submissions February 1st, and it's the same format everyone has come to love (which is why this OTS8 has spread across the continent). Anyone can enter, there's no theme, no cuts, no splices, and everything that's submitted will be screened on its original format.

How exciting is that?

We've been fans of Alex Mackenzie's celluloid commitment for a long time, and visiting his Blinding Light cinema (what feels like forever ago), was an inspiration for the OTS8 getting started in Regina back in 2000 at the antechamber.

So, if you're in the city of glass and feel like being part of something special to kickstart your year, get ready to sign up Monday morning.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Saskatchewan's Super 8 Superstar!

Way to go Dianne!!!! (and everyone who voted for her!!)

Dianne placed 3rd in audience votes out of the 15 films selected to screen at the Slamdance Kodak showcase.

This is a great success for a One Take Super 8 Event film and a testament to the quality of films that emerge from our events across North America.

Dianne travelled to Slamdance for the screening and to accept her prize. We're hoping to get a bit of a festival journal entry from her to post on our blog soon.

We're also pleased to announce that we're on the verge of announcing our dates for the 2016 One Take Super 8 Event in Regina and Saskatoon thanks to the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Great news from a past One Take Super 8 Event participant:

Dianne Ouellette's film Red is Dead (originally called Dog Tales), screened silent at the One Take Super 8 Event in Regina in 2013. A year later she finished the film with a soundtrack (and the new title).

Kodak celebrated 50 years of super 8 in 2015, and Dianne submitted her film as part of Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge. The film has made it to the finals of the online contest through the Audience Choice Awards.  There were over 500 entries from around the world and people could vote for the films that they liked.   

Red is Dead came in second in the Flashback category, therefore in the final 15 films that have been invited to screen at the Slamdance Film Festival at a special Kodak screening. Out of the top 15 films Dianne needs to be voted into the top 3 to win a cool camera and some super 8 film kits. Dianne is going to attend the screening at the Slamdance Film Festival which takes place on January 25.  

Red is Dead is the only Canadian in the top 15 super 8 films as well.

You can check out the embedded video below (or click here for a HD version).

Voting starts January 19 and you can vote every day up until the screening on January 25th. So, that's 7 votes per person.

Here is the link where you will be able to start voting on January 19th


Please vote for Dianne (and OTS8 Filmmaking!!) and spread the word.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Welcome back Kodak

Happy 2016 everyone!

It's been a busy end of year in 2015.

Florida had another successful 1:1 film Festival, you can check out pics and the list of participants here.

Our pals in Syracuse have been shooting their films for the past few months, and only have a few days left to turn in their cartridges.

And we're starting the new year with Kodak making an announcement at the CES that they are reinvesting in super 8 and producing a new camera for release this year.

While this is good news for enthusiasts of the format, Kodak better make a really good camera for $400-$750 if they want people to pick up celluloid.  There are still plenty of really good operational super 8 cameras that people have been using since the late 70's that are far more affordable to buy used. Additionally, the expense of processing stated at $50-$75 is far beyond current lab fees (if they are not including the cost of the unexposed cartridge).

So, we'll be keeping an eye on future announcements, and with cautious optimism we hope this does make super 8 filmmaking more accessible for years to come.

In the meantime, a shout out to all of our followers, filmmakers, labs and supporters that have kept super 8 alive, since we started this One Take Super8 adventure at the turn of the millenium.

Stay tuned for more good news as we ramp up for 2016 !

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Our American friends have Calls for Submissions

From NY state to FLA, the One Take Super 8 Event season is heading strong into the last few months of 2015.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Syracuse crew is accepting films for its 9th Annual OTS8. If you donated to their campaign, great! Now make a film!

And further south in sunny Florida, the 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree (a classy title for a OTS8 event) has also put out their call for submissions for their 8th annual event (it's always awesome for these events to hit the milestone 8 year mark).

We're excited to see what films get made by our friends south of the border, as we settle in for a wonderful winter of super 8 viewing.

Also, a congrats to our WNDX friends for screening 34 new super 8 films at their 10th annual OTS8 in Winnipeg. We'll be posting a review of the show on this blog soon.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Runner gets highlighted in

This past year's One Take Super 8 films produced some terrific work once again. And year after year with 100's of films completed there are still filmmakers breaking new ground, and JS Gauthier is definitely one of them. His 3D printed models became a pixelated wonder called The Runner.  You can read the entire post here. And to watch his magical genius, we've provided a link to his film online.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On the eve of projection!

That's a pretty marquee. Every year it's so exciting to see our event go up on the history Roxy. But it makes me realize we have a lot of work to do!

Can't believe we're less than 48 hours away from the premiere of the Saskatoon films, followed by Regina's premieres a day later. Wanted to post things earlier, but we've been frantically busy collecting titles, synopses, soundtracks (hint, a KORG will be present in Saskatoon), designing programs and getting them off to the printer and doing media interviews. PHEW! Oh yeah, tested the projector because I was losing sleep that it was playing everything in slow motion. But that's NOT the case, so I am sleeping better now. Runs like a charm (typing while knocking on wooden desk).

Speaking of program design, just wanted to do a shout out to Emily Kohlert of Dandelion design for doing an incredible job on designing our programs for Saskatoon and Regina. They look great and I'd give you a sneak peak, but you'll just have to come to the events to get one :)

Speaking of the events. Share the Facebook pages to those you know. Here's the link for Saskatoon, and here's the one for Regina

The screenings are 100% FREE. Thanks to the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Now it's time to actually splice these films together, and we'll be pretty much set for two fantastic events!