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!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

6th Annual 1:1 super 8 Cinema Soiree

As winter hits the great white north, Florida keeps super 8 reels spinning with their annual super 8 soiree.

Films are at the lab and returning shortly to be screened on December 14 at IWAN (The Bubble).

You can get more details on their Facebook page.

Here's the list of this year's participants hitting the big screen with the small gauge.

Ally Abrams, Bryan Adams, Veronica Amaya, Jennipher Aquino, Estefania Borrero, Ryan Chavez, Zolia Clark, Cory Cohen, Lisa Danker, Jay Forsyth, Eric Fuhrmann, Lacey Langlois, David Levine, William Lizcano, Christina Mendenhall, Liam Milano, Matthew Perez, Jeremy Ryan, Nick Sacci, Craig Snyder, Aaron Sperling, Jackie Sutton, Derek Taylor, and Mimi Wattanarungsun

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WNDX 8th Annual OTS8 Event tonight!

We return like an inevitable prairie winter to Winnipeg tonight to premiere 28 new films from Manitoba filmmakers, as we shift from closing night of the WNDX festival to our Thursday time slot. All else remains the same. We'll be lighting up the screen at the Gas Station Theatre (for our 5th consecutive year!).

Hard to believe it's been 8 years since we held our first event at the inaugural WNDX showing 30+ films at the Grafitti Gallery. Since then, well over 200 films have been produced and screened at other festivals worldwide, garnering accolades and awards. Returning filmmakers are amongst the bunch tonight, including Scott Fitzpatrick (also featured at WNDX), Aaron Zeghers, Ryan Simmons, Danielle Sturk, the Terrible Friends and Dave Barber with perhaps the most hyped film of the year. All we've heard is that it is based on a true story....

Look for a review of the show and some pictures here soon, but in the meantime, looking forward to seeing you at the screening and the rest of the WNDX festival.

Line up for 2013 8th Annual WNDX OTS8

Reel 1
Stacy Billingsley
Black Helicopter
Fabian Velasco
Delf Gravert
Kelly Duke
Milos Mitrovic
Damien Ferland

Reel 2
Matt Webber
Kayla Jeansen
Dave Barber
Allana Iftody
Kevin Bacon
Alan Macpherson
Ian Bawa
Marcus Henkel

Reel 3
Kenton Smith
Danielle Sturk
Ryan Simmons
Kaitlyn Farrell
Scott Fitzpatrick
The Terrible Friends

Reel 4
Sonya Ballantyne
Aaron Zeghers
Ivan Hughes
Katrine Doniset
Martin Lussier
Matieu Plouffe
Rocky Bergen

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WNDX OTS8 2013 Registration now Open!

Don't delay, cause this edition fills up faster than a Slurpee cup in July!

WNDX has launched their call for entries for their annual OTS8 event in Winnipeg this fall, and you could be one of the fortunate participants to shoot a roll of cherished Ektachrome for only $15!!! (if you're a Manitoba resident that is).  Follow the link to their page and get your entry fee in thusly!

Seriously, this event is outstanding and even if you are not making a film for it, be sure to come out to see the films. And new this year, instead of closing out the festival as has been our tradition, why make everyone wait for it! We're going to be the opening night screening. Mark your calendars for September 26.

Past films have gone on to screen at festivals around the world, featured in artist retrospectives and even have theatrical runs. Seriously. It was this one, just finished a run at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto, opening for 30 Feet from Stardom. Or I as like to think, 30 Feet From Stardom followed 50 feet of super 8 brilliance :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Star Phoenix Preview

In case you haven't had a chance to read it, here's the link to the Star Phoenix article published in Saskatoon before our event, or you can read it below.
Photo credit: Gord Waldner - Star Phoenix
Story by Stephanie McKay

In 2009, Callen Diederichs filmed a 3½-minute movie. He filmed the breakup story all in one take on a silent movie format, using T-shirts to illustrate the dialogue. It was his first time using a vintage Super 8 camera and he wasn't allowed to reshoot. He saw it for the first time with an audience in Regina.
It was One Take Super 8, and it's being held in Saskatoon for the first time this year.
"It was a little nerve-racking because you don't know if it's going to turn out," Diederichs said. "With this. you have no idea if it's going to be three minutes of blackness or if it's going to be out of focus or just kind of dumb."
Diederichs has since filmed a Super 8 music video for a friend and completed another One Take Super 8 film that he will see for the first time.
This year, he was especially nervous because there were concerns some of the cameras weren't working properly. There's a chance some of the films didn't turn out at all. But there's something exciting about that uncertainty. Diederichs' first One Take Super 8 turned out so well he submitted it to other film festivals.
Diederichs helped organize the Saskatoon event after the founder, Alex Rogalski, contacted him about using his workplace, the Roxy Theatre, as a venue.
Rogalski, who works in Toronto as a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs, started One Take Super 8 in Regina in 2000. It started as a one-off event meant to give him and other filmmakers the chance to screen their work publicly.
"I knew if I made a four-minute film it would be hard to get people to come out to see it but if 20 people made a four-minute film there may be more of a chance to get people to see my film and other people's films at the same time," he said.
One Take Super 8 has now been held all over North America. At least 800 films have been made for the events. There is no competition and no prizes, just an opportunity to share and be creative.
When the project started 13 years ago, Super 8 was a very old moviemaking format that people weren't really using. Since then, the format has become trendy, with wedding videographers using it and apps to mimic its signature look.
"We've waited long enough that we've come back around to being cool," Rogalski laughed.
But for Rogalski it was never about being cool. It was about giving anyone access to make a film and share it in public.
He's excited people are curious about it.
"It's kind of fun to see something that you don't get to watch immediately and show your friends. You have to wait a few weeks after making it hoping that what you took pictures of will show up on screen."
Though a filmmaker is permitted to stop and start the camera while filming, once something has been shot it's part of the final movie, good or bad.
The reel is about 3 1/2 minutes long and is silent. The only limitation is the dwindling film stock. Super 8 cameras haven't been manufactured for decades, but a small amount of film is still available.
While it can be tricky to get a hold of the film, the technology is sound. Rogalski is still using the same Super camera he picked up in 2000.
"All it has ever needed are new double-A batteries. It still works really well and consistently. I can't think of a single cellphone that would last that long."
Rogalski said every city has a bit of its own personality and he's excited to see what the Saskatoon filmmakers come up with. The event will feature 15 local Super 8 films and a few bonus ones. It's free to attend.
"These are personal films. They are kind of unique. Some might call them experimental but they do reflect a community arts spirit," Rogalski said.
Diederichs said he's excited to see the variety of films people create and to see how the last minute of his film turns out. With all the pre-planned shots finished as their crew filmed by the riverbank last month, there were 60 seconds remaining on the reel. Diederichs' cast improvised at the end.
"It got progressively sillier," he said. "I'm really looking forward to laughing at what's going on."

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's a Wrap Sask.

Meant to do this sooner, but a lack of wi-fi access and some travel and finally I'm getting things together after two incredible events in Saskatchewan this June.

Saskatoon set the bar high for themselves after their 1st One Take Super 8 Event. You never would have known they hadn't had an event before. Only 14 films, but they were fantastic. A great range of films, from quirky comedies (with sock puppets) a couple of dance films, home movie homages and an elegy to amusement parks. The films alone would have made the event a success, but Saskatoon really showed up and made the Roxy come alive with over 150 people attending, as well as great coverage in Planet S, the Star Phoenix and CBC radio and TV news.

We had about 48 hours to recover before heading south on the #11 with projector in tow to revisit our OTS8 birthplace and return to the RPL theatre to screen 25 new films in Regina. After a couple years hiatus, the filmmakers returned with a new vigor and incredible ambition in making their films. Again the cross section of films was as diverse as the filmmakers, including a few subtitled foreign language films (an OTS8 first!).  Our capacity audience filled the seats and aisles at the RPL theatre. Looking forward to getting these films out to bigger audiences as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who took part, we'll post more photos and stories from the events here soon.  (Photos: ROXY THEATRE marquee / Regina OTS8 2013 filmmakers)

Friday, June 7, 2013

We're days away

Everything is coming together for Saskatoon's 1st and Regina's 11th event. Hard to believe that we're almost ready to light up the screen with 40 new super 8 films!  Our fingers crossed approach worked, and the films are safely now in Saskatoon processed. I haven't opened the box yet, so I have no idea of anyone got an image, but at least we've got something to put in the projector and hold our breath.

Programs are designed and awaiting printing, soundtracks have been coming in steadily (along with plans for a few live performances which is always fun!)

And we are very excited to announce we will be screening in the main theatre at the Roxy. It's a beautiful cinema and it's exciting that we get to add it to our OTS8 history. We've screened in converted old garages, unoccupied old bank buildings, lofts, churches, waffle houses but there is something special about being in a cinema that reminds you why people fell in love with going to the movies (and I mean movies in a very celluloid sense).

We'll keep you updated as our screenings approach and definitely post some pics and reviews after, but now to the nitty gritty work of splicing those reels together and getting programs folded.

See you at the super 8 movies!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

2013 Regina & Saskatoon Participants

So here it is.... the list of filmmakers taking part in this year's events!

Amalie Atkins, Callen Diederichs, Jennifer Sparrowhawk, Dave Turcotte, Chris Fischer, Katherine Hounjet, Bryn Rawlyk, Karen Polowich, Cameron Muir, Theresa Campbell, Katherine Skelton, Alex Rogalski, Marcel Petit, Matt Voyno

Ken Wilson, Berny Hi, Kristine Dowler, Noelle Duddridge, Sarah Huber, Amber Christensen, Gerald Saul, Colby Richardson, Ian Campbell, Gordon Pepper, Mike Rollo, Amber Goodwyn, Dianne Ouellette, Eric Hill, Charlie Hill, Luke Black, Jade Duckett, Ryan Hill, Amber Phelps Bondaroff, Adrienne Adams, Tricia Martin, Matthieu Belanger, Madeline Sheridan, Vanda Schmockel, Geremy Lague