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!

Friday, October 9, 2009


it's october 9th.
in Winnipeg.
and it's snowing. hard.

Winnipeg likes making visitors believe in its myths.

WNDX is off to a great start. great films. great filmmakers. and fantastic audiences. can't wait till sunday night to unleash the torrent of super 8 suprises on this wintery city.

Did our projector test at the Gas Station theatre yesterday. beautiful venue. we're using the white backdrop cyc as our screen, so it'll be super 8 LARGE! only 230-some seats in the venue, so it'll be cozy and full. the seats themselves are fantastic. the old style recliners that rock out unexpectedly if you're not used to them. just like the kind at Massey Hall in Toronto. they don't make them like that anymore. and the Gas Station theatre is pondering replacing them, as they don't have many left with spare parts as replacements. The seats have a history. they still look in great shape, but the theare tech was reticent to tell me where they came from. after some prodding,and assurance that they were cleaned well before they were installed, he fessed they came from an old 'adult' theatre on Main Street that was shuttered. classic. underground seats for underground cinema.

Mike Maryniuk from the filmgroup has been gathering the soundtracks (meanwhile finishing his newest film to follow up on CATTLE CALL, which is a 3-D blast and will premiere next week at the Ottawa Animation Festival). Mike has a new film in WNDX OTS8 this year, it includes robots and blurry lights. should be awesome.

more updates tomorrow. in the meantime I'll pass along the advice I received about walking at night in Winnipeg.
'it's safe walking around at night, just keep at least an arm's length away from passerby.' supposedly this is the best technique to avoid any unforeseen knifeplay. how can anyone not love this city.

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