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!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Regina Review

A guest review of our 10th Anniversary OTS8 program in Regina from Yvonne Abusow, a participant and membership co-ordinator at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative. Thanks Yvonne!

This year was Regina’s 10th year Anniversary of the One Take Super 8 event, 24 films screened on September 30th. It was a night of excitement and nerves as Filmmakers friends and patrons of the event waited for the films to screen. I myself was a bundle of nerves as my film opened the evening’s festivities. This was my second year participating in the OTS8 in Regina and both events amazed me with the unique voice and vision of each filmmaker. This time I brought friends to experience the creative collective of Saskatchewan’s one take filmmakers and they walked out of the theatre at the end of the night excited that such a thing existed in the city of Regina. They were amazed that there was this small but mighty collection of people who participate year after year to have their films seen for the first time in front of an audience. A lot of things can go wrong on a shoot, I myself have tasted the disappointment of an out of focus image in front of a large audience, but I remind myself there’s always next year, and next time it will be bigger, better, and in focus!

The evening made me really appreciate the way others viewed the world. Ryan Hill’s Circles of Life, made me realize that there are circles everywhere I look I only have to look for them. Eric Hill’s film made me realize that wind-up toys can find true love, and Gerald Saul’s film “Rerun Amok” made me want to know how he did that? There were so many great films from the evening that I can’t mention them all in this blog, but I can say that I am in awe of the filmmakers that look at the world in ways I never would, and the 10th annual One Take Super 8 event made me awestruck.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Our first non-invitational golf tournament at WNDX this year was a thrilling success. Our foursome initiated the tournament with a 10am tee time at U-PUTTZ which saw a few of our participants fall away (who can blame them after we got out of a George Kuchar screening/talk after 2am, that was totally worth it).

Dave Barber, Leslie Supnet and Clint Enns, all braved the early hours and luckily U-Puttz serves a mean cup of coffee (which is so nuclear hot, I had to set mine aside during the 18 holes and pick it up after - STILL WARM!) Not much of a breakfast platter, but the pizza pops sort of qualified. As the venerable Mr. Barber mentioned while seated in the suprisingly white and sterile cafeteria room "I could live off that menu. It's filled with my favourite things." I won't go through the list, but Mr. Barber's b-day is coming soon, so if you're wondering what to get him, I would suggest taking him out for a round, and buying him dinner at U-Puttz.

On to the action. The first 9-holes were under-water themed, and as we were submerged Clint Enns showed consistency and caution, scoring par 3 on the first 5 holes, but avoiding some of the risky ramps through shark mouths and octopus tentacles. His caution paid off putting him 2 strokes ahead of Barber and Supnet leading into the back nine. The pre-historic second half surrounded us with neon dinos and palm trees, and Supnet made a charge at taking Enns' lead with many a near hole-in-ones, but the cups continued to cough up the ball, making for an easy 2 putt birdie. The final hole secured the win for Enns, with Mr. Barber sneaking into 2nd and Supnet having a solid 3rd place finish. Yours truly trailed behind, only due to serious risk taking and a philosophy that the more putts you take in mini-golf the more bang you get for your buck.

Post game breakfast celebrations continued at the Don, with Enns proudly carrying his trophy (and almost forgetting it on the table!!!). It's clear this will become an annual WNDX/OTS8 tournament with many challengers ready to take up putters next year and challenge Enns' title.

As a note to those planning to attend U-Puttz on a weekend day. I would highly recommend being onto the 19th hole by 11am, as the place was running rampant with rugrats making the black light environment look like a neon blur of screaming glowing sugared up kids with weapons.

(thanks to Leslie Supnet for supplying the photos).