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!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Florida!

So it's become clear I'm doing a bit of catch up, but so many great OTS8 related events last year, I'm finally getting around to posting them here.

The 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree (what a fancy title, no?) ended our super 8 season on December 5th last year at Jump the Shark (formerly The Bubble), which has hosted the event for many years now.

Organizer Shane Eason rounded up another great set of filmmakers, and you can see pics from the event on their Facebook Page (follow them if you are not already)

and see below for the list of films

Syracuse poster

Should have posted this a while back, but better late than never!

Syracuse hosted their 8th! event last November, with a great line up of films.

You can check out their blog here.

See what they did with the reels and film in their poster.... of course you did :)

2015 celebration plans!

Happy New Year everyone!

We are very excited for the upcoming year, as we look forward to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of super 8 film, and the 15 year since the One Take Super 8 Event had its first event in Regina at the Antechamber.

We recently received the great news that we have support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board Festivals Grant to stage two OTS8 events in Saskatchewan this year. Details will be coming soon, but the goal is to create 50 new super 8 films that will premiere in Saskatoon and Regina (25 new films for each city). Following up on our success from 2013, when the 2 cities staged successful events, we are thrilled to repeat, with Saskatoon having a growing super 8 filmmaking community, it will be exciting for both these centres to showcase their skills in the small gauge format.

We're also very grateful to have the continued support of PAVED Arts and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative who will be lending equipment support.

Stay tuned for details as we get closer to launching our call for submissions and confirming dates for our events.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Syracuse wrapping up shooting. Anticipation builds!

The Salt City is getting near its screening as production wraps up on its super 8 films to screen at their 8th annual event (my how the years pass, I can recall the first event so clearly, waffles and all). 

You can keep up to date with them here, and join them when they screen their latest creations (which look pretty great judging from the production stills).

And in another bit of good news, it looks like our friends in Montreal are getting ready to put forth another OTS8 in the new year. We'll keep you posted here!

Fort Lauderdale 7th annual 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree

The OTS8 season keeps rolling along with Florida announcing the call for their 7th annual event.

From their site:
"It's that time! Ready your camera and get some film! The 7th Annual 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soirée is approaching. Screening is scheduled for Friday December 5th, 2014 at Jump The Shark "Official" formerly "The Bubble". Doors open at 6 p.m. with screening beginning (approx.) at 7 p.m. More info to come. Deadline is about a month away. Ya dig!"

 If you're planning your winter vacation from the great white north, I can't think of a better time and reason to head to the Sunshine State. Looking forward to seeing the films from the event while the snow blows here.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WNDX 9th annual OTS8 line up and wrap up

Another great year is wrapped at WNDX with fantastic films and great audiences. Wish I could have stayed longer, but nice to catch up with everyone on the whirlwind trip. The 9th annual edition showcased a lot of new faces and many returning. A shout out to Cecilia Araneda who moves on from WNDX after founding and fostering the festival for so long. 

Many hits throughout the night, including Ian Bawa & Markus Henkels' hitman ghost story, and Curtis Weibe's sequel to his popular Rocket John.

Stephane Oystryk retuned to the OTS8 with a beautiful VIA train travelogue that was breathtaking and sublime, and Scott Fitzpatrick's documentary on historic Winnipeg homes was emblematic of what is possible with a plan, some research and creative limitations of a single cartridge.

And for all out visual epicness, Aaron Zeghers, Darren Young and Jim Pomeroy packed incredible visual impact into small gauge wonder. They looked amazing on the big screen and can't wait to see those works travel to other festivals soon.

Thanks for another great year WNDX, looking forward to the 10th anniversary next year!

Reel 1
Nicholas Taylor
Delf Gravert
Karen Asmundson
Thane Carr
Milos Mitrovic
Caroline Barrientos
Fabian Velasco
Ryan Simmons

Reel 2
Rory Fallis
Fernando Dalayoan
Eric Plamondon
Darren Young
Ian Bawa & Markus Henkel
Stephane Oystryk
Gwen Trutnau
Curtis Weibe

Reel 3
Damien Ferland
Kimberly Melnyk
Ian Yorski & Jennifer Juno
Scott Fitzpatrick
Aaron Zeghers
Kevin Bacon
Jim Pomeroy

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.