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 750 films have been created for the One Take Super 8 Event!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Winnipeg, we're on our way

For some reason, I'm always up against the clock putting together the reels for the One Take at WNDX. All three reels are ready to go, which considering the screening is 48 hours away, isn't so bad (in some years, the reels were loaded the afternoon of the event with a makeshift rewind system in a hotel room). But the kicker is that the films are no where near Winnipeg, so we're counting on a WestJet flight to not be delayed by 1 minute so we can get everything to the Gas Station Theatre on time.

The years fly by, as we're back for the 9th edition at WNDX. some familiar names, and a few new ones mixed in. Lots of B/W this year, as colour reversal has become a bit more difficult to source.

Even though it always feels like we're in a rush to pull it all together, it's always incredibly worth it, to see what will unfurl at the premiere. Each year, there are so many great film, but one always rises above and goes on to great acclaim. This year Dave Barber wasn't able to make a film for the event, but he's still enjoying the rewards of his last year's hit as it continues on the festival circuit.

Who knows who will have a hit on this hands this year. One thing we do know is that it's always a great screening and Winnipeg gives it everything it's got in 50 feet of super 8 celluloid.

46 hours and counting…. I can hardly wait.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Saskatoon, that's a wrap

What a night. 23 premieres, over 200+ people in attendance at the historic Roxy Theatre (I lost count of how many people commented on it being their first time there and in awe of the theatre).  The projector held up (YAY!) and all the films played without a hitch. Too many highlights to capture, but a great night for live sound, including Shakey Wilson's golf film with live sound effects, Peter Stinson's Tuba solo for his animated film and Eric Hill paying a terrific homage to Norman McClaren's Neighbors in an updated balloon version. brilliant (complete with cap guns, a ballon and a synthesizer for live effects).

Big laughs for Brad Proudlove and Matt Voyno's stair classic and Charles Lemire had the audience going early with his school science fair black comedy.

The show of the night did below to Cameron Muir's Sasquatch tale (can't believe it took so long for someone to make a super 8 bigfoot sighting film in this province). Smart filmmaking that was a throwback to the 70's along with a great soundtrack that fit perfectly. After his Sock Affair film last year, Cameron Muir has found his super 8 groove in Saskatoon and we can't wait to see what he'll deliver next.

Thanks to the group from Regina that made the trek up here. 5 of the 23 films came from the Queen City, and it was great to host them up here for the first time.

We'll see if we can grab a few pics to post here, as well as the program from tonight. Talks are already taking place for 2015.

Monday, July 7, 2014

2 more sleeps!

The films have safely returned to Canada, and are patiently awaiting to be spliced onto the reels for Tuesday night's screening as anticipation builds for the big premiere.

We're excited that our Regina participants are heading up Highway 11 to join the rest of us for the screening. The t-shirt (a one take 1st!!) are being screen printed on Tuesday, and will be fresh and ready for those who took advantage of this limited edition offer. It's exciting to see our posters up around town, and we'll be promoting the event on CTV noon news tomorrow. (It's always fun to do a media hit and not having any clips to show, since no one has seen the films).

Our numbers continue to grow as word spreads about the Saskatoon screening, please tell your friends if you haven't already.

A big congratulations to our friends at WNDX as well, having their group signed up in record time yet again. Can't wait to see what you come up with this year.

And you still have a chance to sign up in Syracuse as they have their 30 spots filling up quickly.

Looking forward to seeing all of the Saskatoon super 8 films on the 8th!!! See you there! (Now off to print programs and reel up the films).

We'll post the line up here on Tuesday.

Monday, June 30, 2014

One Week Away! and WNDX call for submissions.

Things are moving along very nicely to our 2nd Annual Screening in Saskatoon. The films are being processed today in Burbank, and should make their way back to the great white north later this week.

In the meantime, our friends at the Roxy have kindly illuminated us on their marquee.

WNDX has announced their call for submissions for their 9th annual OTS8 (where did the years go!!!) This event has become a proud offspring of our SK institution, with films from it garnering accolades across the globe. Even if you are not making a film for it, it's a great festival and the films are always a hit.

And speaking of proud offspring, our friends in Syracuse keep on rollin' (super 8) with their successful event that continues to build community year after year in the salt city, NY state.
they're moving to a new venue (St. Clare Theatre) which looks pretty fancy, and they've also found their color stock with Pro8mm (who we are using this year) which has made it possible for the OTS8 events to continue! We'll keep you posted here when they announce their call for submissions.

Looking forward to a lot more small gauge film on screen in the coming months.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Saskatoon poster

Voila! Here it is, the 2014 Saskatoon event poster. Thanks to David Lariviere for the design (points to anyone who caught the resemblance to the old Super 8 motel logo).

Also, thanks to Tucker and John Vaughn at Tuckers Tshirts for help in printing up the posters (and giving me a chance to try my hand at screen printing). You'll see these one of a kind prints up around Riversdale and the rest of Saskatoon over the next couple weeks.

We're also printing up some t-shirts for the event with this poster design. If you are keen to get your hands on one, make sure you drop us a line before July 4 to get details.

The films got sent south of the border today to Pro8mm to be processed. Fingers crossed they make it back in time for the screening.

Thanks to the Roxy Theatre as well. It's always exciting to see our event displayed a big marquee.

We'll be posting the full line up of filmmakers in the next few days. It's going to be a great group of 24 films here in the bridge city!

Verb Article

Adam Hawboldt did a great write up in Verb Magazine previewing the Saskatoon screening and Jennifer Sparrowhawk who has been a multiple event participant (in both Saskatoon & Regina).

We're also very happy to announce that Shift Development has joined the event as a sponsor this year, being a great supporter of 20th Street culture and the revitalization of Riversdale. We're excited to be a part of the neighbourhood and have great partners involved.

The films are off to the lab, anxious to see what returns from Pro8. 24 films this year, doubling last year's event. 

And finally, we'll be screen printing our posters tomorrow with generous help from Tuckers Tshirts. (another great Riversdale partner). We'll post the image here soon. It's another one of a kind screen print in a limited edition. You'll see them around town, and if you're lucky you can pick one up at the screening.

Monday, June 16, 2014

In Production!

Saskatoon films are rolling as we speak. As everyone has about a week left before we send all the reels back to Burbank to be processed. It sounds like people have really taken up the challenge this year, with over 22 participants signed up, many of them First-time OTS8 participants. One production over the weekend started early on a Saturday morning, and concluded at 5am on Sunday!!! that's commitment. Looking forward to seeing the final result.

We're in the middle of designing our poster and getting it printed, you'll see it up around Riversdale in the next week or 2.

Excitement is building, and we're very grateful to partner with PAVED Arts and the Roxy Theatre in bringing this event back to Saskatoon for the 2nd straight year.