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, March 30, 2008

Syracuse Review

Another 20 films are now part of One Take Super 8 Event history thanks to a fantastic event presented by the Dropped Frames Media Society in Syracuse, New York. Jess Lance and her crew did a great job of organizing the filmmakers, and Funk 'n Waffles were our gracious hosts and we packed the place to premiere the new films.

A first for OTS8 was presenting a live stream of the event out into cyberspace. Thanks to Jason Kohlbrenner for taking the inititive to set it up. We're seeing if we can make it available on demand for those who missed the event. Jason Kohlbrenner along with Brianna Kohlbrenner, Ken Keech, Vanessa Keech, Kazov Keech, and Brendan Rose were behind two of the nights many crowd favourites. Of particular note was 'Snow Shovel - Car got Stuck', which was a great homage to a 2006 OTS8 film by Terry Mialkowsky and Shannon Jardine 'Belt Buckle - Quonset Hut', made in Regina, but shown in Syracuse last year.

A big thank you to all the filmmakers who took part, and especially to all those who got really imaginative with performative audio pieces to accompany their films. From a cappella singing to spoken word, handheld harp to DJing from a cellphone's ring tones - it was exciting to hear creative approaches to live sound design.

You can see some pictures from the event posted on our facebook group, thanks to Brett Dougherty (who also designed the program and ran our audio for the screening).

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Syracuse Filmmakers

We're getting close. The films are at the lab (thanks Exclusive), the projectors are cleaned, and as I type, soundtracks are frantically being assembled.

Syracuse is playing host to its second One Take Super 8 Event and it looks to be a great sophomore year. These are the filmmakers who took up the challenge and anxiously await their premieres on Saturday night:

Harrison Willis
Philips Payson
Jess Lance
Kyle Corea
Jason Kohlbrenner / Brianna Kohlbrenner / Brendan Rose / Vanessa Keech / Kazov Keech
Ken Keech
Brett Dougherty
Christina Kolozsvary / Kyong Lee
Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Ryan Tebo
Aaron Katz
Yu-Lun Shinh
Ryan Silveira
Jinhee Park
Guy Carlo
Adam Gold
Nick Ramsdell
Lindsey Leanard
Matthew Michael

The screening is March 29, 2008 from 5-8pm at Funk 'n Waffles. Should be a great night!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

South of the Border

It's that time of year again. We're marking the start of the 2008 season of OTS8 with two shows in the US in the next couple of weeks.

First up is the Syracuse One Take Super 8 Event. After a successful beginning last year with a sold out audience and great new work showcased at Funk 'n Waffles, we're back again this year. Organizer Jessica Lance has been busy getting filmmakers signed up, and on March 29 from 5-8 pm we'll be premiering a whole new slate of films from the Salt City.
click here for a map.

Two states over, the One Take Super 8 Event is pleased to present S.O.S (Super8 Oberlin Showcase) organized by Brett Kashmere (who incidentally brought the OTS8 to Syracuse in 2007). See the line up for the Oberlin show at the bottom of this post.
SOS will take place April 4, 2008 at Fairchild Chapel 50 W. Lorain St. Oberlin OH
click here for a map.

And, if you haven't checked out our Facebook group recently, we've updated it with photos from past One Take Events in Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa and Syracuse. If you have some pics from past OTS8's you'd like to share, please pass them along.

The line up for SOS is: Benjamin Baker-Smith, Jonathan Comeau, Cody Darling, Lena Dunham, Adekemi Gbadebo, Chris Gentes, Stephen Graves, Leah Greenberg, Gordon Holmes, Nicholas Hoskins, Avital Isaacs, Sara Krugman, Alison Luby, Sean McKeown, Ben Neufeld, Peter Nowogrodzki, Ian Page, Ally Paz, Matthew Presto, Lucas Rainey, Max Rivlin-Nadler, Sarina Roma, Andrew Roth, Jack Ryerson, Deb Sperling, Willie Thurlow, and Nicholas Weiss.

We'll be posting more updates as the events approach.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

OTS8 at IMAGES 2008

For the first time, the One Take Super 8 will showcase a selection of films from past One Take Super 8 Events at this year's Images Festival in Toronto.

18 films from various years and events (including Regina, Montreal, and Winnipeg) will be presented April 11th, at 11pm at the Gladstone Ballroom.

Included in the program:

Joshua Stanton - Poor Andy in 'The Wedding Ball'
Mike Rollo and Amber Goodwyn - Sunday Afternoon
Terryll Loffler - A day like any other
Brett Kashmere - dreamed on a morning, starved for immediate night
Arlea Ashcroft and Andrea Von Wichert - Snapperdoodle
Daichi Saito - Green Fuse
Katherine Skelton - Winter Schedule
Jaimz Asmundson - Drawing Genesis
Solomon Nagler - Preliminary Notes on Gesture
Jessie Dishaw - Shootout at the Watering Hole
Mike Maryniuk - Fish Arms
Shawn Fulton - Changing the Face of Cinema
Vanda Schmockel - Fred
Alex Rogalski - Walk this Way
Danielle Sturk - Reeds
robert.daniel.pytlyk - Still Life
Alex Larose - Artifices
David Lo Pan - F$%kin' Wild!

Stay tuned for more news on these films and filmmakers as the event draws near.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Films at Fests

The One Take Super 8 Event began as a way for filmmakers to create new work without all the pressures an amateur filmmaker faces. Low-cost, in camera films, that are guaranteed an audience if they are finished. What’s more exciting is when after their premiere at a One Take Super 8 Event, these films go on to screen at other festivals – showcasing what is possible with a single reel of super 8 and a ‘little’ creativity.

The $100 Film Festival in Calgary, a stalwart of ensuring celluloid still gets projected, just announced this year’s line up with a great selection of OTS8 films in the program. After Mike Maryniuk’s best of fest super 8 film Fish Arms at the 2007 festival, maybe another winner will come from this year’s batch.

Bury the Baby - Stephane Oystryk
Spider Pig - Scott Stephens
Now She Sees Him - Kevin Bacon

These films had their premiere at WNDX’s One Take Super 8 Event in October 2007. Sol Nagler and Robert Pasternak are also past OTS8 participants who have films playing at the $100 dollar film fest.

While we’re on the topic of super 8 film screenings. Toronto was recently host to the inaugural ‘8fest’. Showcasing a diverse array of all things small gauge, Saturday night’s program ‘Bageroo’ focused on super 8 films by experimental filmmakers. A number of past One Take films found their place in the program, including:

10 Mega-Actions to Supermaximize your Happiness Potential - Brett Bell (Regina 2003)
listen and you will hear her cry - Roger Wilson (Ottawa 2007)
Hockey Night in Vanier - James Lumsden (Ottawa 2007)
Cooking with Cronos and Rhea - Ainsley Walton, Greta Grip, Sheilah MacKinnon (Ottawa 2007)
Land of living skies - Alex Rogalski (Regina 2006)

Cooking with Cronos and Rhea was actually a great example of the tenacious spirit of super 8 filmmakers. Unfortunately, the film didn’t work out the first time for Ainsley and her crew, so it didn’t get a premiere in Ottawa. But a good idea is too good to waste (especially when it only costs you one extra cartridge of Tri-X), so they re-shot and have a fantastic film to show for it!

Congrats to all the filmmakers who are showing your work at these festivals. If you’ve made a One Take film for a past event and have recent/upcoming screenings, let me know and I’ll post it here.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

super 8th anniversary!

In celebrating our 8th! anniversary, we've started this blog to let our many friends keep up to date on all new OTS8 activity. 2008 looks to be another fantastic year, with exciting announcements coming soon! So check back often.

We'll also be posting articles and links that look back on our 7 years of super 8 success, and track some of the films which have travelled the world. So please tell your friends, and if you've taken part in an OTS8 drop us a line, as we'd love to hear what you've been doing (or making!)

That's all for now, but we're looking forward to spreading our presence world wide!