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 12, 2012

Fort Lauderdale 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree

South Florida beckons all super 8 fans to shoot and show in Fort Lauderdale this December! Warm sun, great films, oranges.
I'm sold. It's a fantastic event now in its 5th year under the
fantastic guidance and direction of Shane Eason.
See below for more details and check out their facebook page

Greetings super 8 cinéastes! There is now an open call for partipants to be part of the 5th Annual 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soirée. Yeah, you read that right. It's the 5th one! Please see PDF attachment for information and deadlines. Best, Shane Eason 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soirée Director
1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soirée
Local filmmakers and artists gleefully take part in this annual event, loading their cameras with 3m...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

WNDX OTS8 Review

Thanks to Winnipeg filmmaker (and critic) Scott Fitzpatrick for this fantastic review of the WNDX OTS8 this past Sept. 30. It was a great night - which starts first and foremost with a projector that holds up and no mix ups on soundtracks (thanks Marcel, you nailed it). Beyond that it was another impressive year with a diverse mix of films. Though a couple of themes stood out. 2 films with ghosts as main protagonists (and neither made by Guy Maddin), and over half the films contained animals in some form, wild, domestic, dead, grilled.

Flawless festival overall by the WNDX team, and it's always a fun closing night with a great crowd at the Gas Station theatre.

Read on for Scott's recap:

the one-take super 8 has in a short time become my favourite event of the winnipeg year. i made my first film for the one-take in 2010, and have taken part every year since. overall 2012 was an incredibly strong year for the event, despite the absence of some of my favourite regular players (heidi, leslie, clint, damien, delf, noam, darcy – you better be back next year!). my film, (titled: gets braces) played second-to-last, and the 26 films that preceded it set the bar very, very high. here are my (5) favourite films from the show (in no particular order):

Living on the Edge – dir. Aaron Zeghers
a meditation on life and death via kingdom animalia. some beautiful long-exposure photography makes this one of zeghers’ most visually striking and restrained works to date, while he continues to refine his skill at crafting blissfully smothering atmospherics.

Blotto – dir. Mike Maryniuk
a dizzying dose of fun-formalism from mike maryniuk. splashes of paint succumb beautifully to centrifugal force. for about fifteen seconds i thought this one was a dud; problems with soft focus right off the hop. once the picture came through sharp however, this was a stunner. one of mike’s best one-takes yet – pro work, but still ragged and off-hand.

These Are Some of My Friends – dir. Stephane Oystryk
i know it’s not polite to pick favourites, but this was my favourite. i’ve been a pretty grizzly fan since before i knew who or what pretty grizzly was. this film, a series of portraits, friends musing over their tenuous places in life, is easily his strongest work to date. the one-take has continuously proven an ideal platform for oystryk’s particular brand of wide-eyed, lo-fi filmmaking. he has a style like linklater, but with a less rigid approach to form and unique in its disarmingly genuine sentimentality. here oystryk’s friends take turns discussing age, responsibility, and how time can get away from you if yr not careful. in the end i think steph’s cat gets the most screen-time, and our last friend is short-changed as a result. her narration carries on after the picture’s rolled out, into an elliptical ending somehow as content in its present as it is unsure of its future. talk about time getting away from us. yet another pretty grizzly short with legs enough to be a feature.

The Sneaky Snogger – dir. Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin
i insisted my pal cwn shoot a one-take this year. i got to help her out with her “i shot it on 16” film in 2011 and have been anxiously awaiting her next analog endeavor ever since. her film, a chaplin-esque kissing booth sketch, was constructed with razor-sharp precision and featured the most arresting photography of the evening. a lovely lilting soundtrack and a jarring ending as surreal as it was subtle made this one of my favourites of the lot. c-dubs may be a notorious wild-card IRL, but her filmmaking is surprisingly and refreshingly disciplined.

The Joy of Creating – dir. Ryan Simmons
could (should?) have been called ‘noam gonick makes something queer in the woods with goats’. i don’t remember any actual jokes in this one, but i did giggle throughout. chalk it up to simmons’ ascerbic wit and keen cinematic eye. josh marr as goat wrangler for my favourite performance of the night. so adorable!!

Dave Barber – Hung Dry on a Meat Jag
Kelly Duke – Steel Petals, Bright Lights
Matheu Plouffe – El Diablo the Undefeated
Darren Young – Circles / Grey Man’s Gardens
Ian Bawa – Spectre
Karen + Jaimz Asmundson – Citizens Against Basswood
Sonya Ballantyne – Taking the Long Way Home

Thursday, September 20, 2012

WNDX 2012 participants

Here's the line up of filmmakers who took on the risk of shooting a reel for their WNDX premiere. In no particular order (cause the reels haven't been assembled yet), here they are with titles! 1 Alanna Iftody Grow it! Show it! / 2 Kelly Duke Steel Petals, Bright Lights / 3 Matheu Plouffe El Diablos The Undefeated / 4 Stacy Billingsley Don't Hassel The Hoff / 5 Kaitlyn Emslie Farrell + Eleanor Janzen Schadenfreude / 6 Kevin Bacon Sid & Nancy / 7 Matt Webber Feeding Time / 8 The Gooseneckers Larking Libby / 9 The Terrible Friends A Fishy Story / 10 Dave Barber Hung Dry on a Meat Jag / 11 Stephane Oystryk These Are Some Of My Friends / 12 Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin Sneaky Snogger / 13 Arley Willim + Erin Geres Orthus / 14 Martin Lussier thirty six hundred / 15 Michael Butterworth The Big Race / 16 Ryan Simmons The Joy Of Creating / 17 Mike Maryniuk Blotto / 18 Gwen Trutnau Lower Astral Entity / 19 Murray Toews + Jonathon Ferber Themes for Dystopia / 20 Sonya Ballantyne Taking the long way Home / 21 Ian Bawa Spectre / 22 Fabian Velasco I Hate Everything / 23 Karen Asmundson + Jaimz Asmundson Citizens Against Basswood / 24 Hersh Seth Walk Me Home / 25 Darren Young Circles / Grey Man's Gardens / 26 Aaron Zeghers Living on The Edge / 27 Studio 5 Studio 5/

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Unlike the Jets, the OTS8 returns to WPG this fall!

Well, it's been a year and things have changed yet again in Winnipeg. Last year, we welcomed back the returned of the Jets to much fanfare, after the OTS8 filled the cultural void left behind by those puck shufflers. Now, with a lockout imposed, it's up to the talented voices of Winnipeg to rise yet again to the challenge to dry the tears of anguish with streams of joy to witness over 25 brand new super 8 reels hit the screen. We were going to move into MTS for this year's edition, but it would just feel a bit weird, and I the line up for urinals is torture, so..... It's back to our beloved home at the Gas Station theatre for this year's 6th annual WNDX OTS8. The films are at the lab as I type (thanks Pablo and Sebastjan at Niagara), and will be reeled together and expedited in time for the Sunday, September 30th screening at 8pm. Some familiar names are on the list for this year, along with a whole crop of new voices ready to unspool their celluloid dreams. And a quick shout out to past OTS8 participant Deco Dawson on his recent win of Best Canadian Short film at TIFF with his film Keep a Modest Head which will be screening at WNDX. Congrats! We'll be posting the full line up of WNDX OTS8 filmmakers later this week.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Syracuse promo

Syracuse is ready to roll with their new super 8 reels this Saturday night (April 14!)

All the films will hit the screen at 451 S. Warren Street. It's a great use of a vacant storefront (former bank), that will be flush with flickering light.

Doors open at 6pm. Projector lights up at 6:30. There will be popcorn and soft drinks. Feel free to bring other forms of fizzy drinks.

Check out their snappy trailer with some clips from previous films.

Syracuse One Take Super-8 Event 2012 Promo from OTS8 Syracuse on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Florida Recap

It's been a while coming, but here's the recap from the Fort Lauderdale 4th Annual 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree last December 12th. Thanks to Shane Eason for sending it to us, and we're looking forward to seeing more films in years to come.

2011 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree

The past December proved to be another successful year for the 4th 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree. There were 18 submisions and about 110+ asses in the chairs.
Wait! Well, there were really 100 asses in the chairs. We only 100 chairs. But handfuls of hardcore fans were standing. Our gracious venue IWAN-The Bubble
provided patrons with beer and popcorn! Nothing goes better with super 8!

2011 participants included: Matthew Perez, Nick Sacci, Eric Fuhrmann, Derek Taylor, N. Luna, Mike Long, Nathan Morris, Rey Rodriguez, Jose Reyes,
Nadine LeBlanc, Ryan Tober, Mark Franz, Paula Hart, Jay Forsyth, Johnny Dee Jr., David Levine, Carolina Collazos, and Matthew Matsil.

Some films stood out. Of them, Eric Fuhrmann's "A Gentlemen's Dinner" presented an absurdist round table dinner of well dressed men petting a wooden (or maybe glass)
Persian cat statue. Eventually, masks are donned by the men and piano is violently played by one. Other films proved to be more interactive, such as Carolina Callazos' "Who Dat?"
where she handed out paper fish masks to attendees and lead the audience through some bizarre aquatic dance.

Next year's screening should prove even better. It'll be the 5th anniversary! And we've started to plan for something HUGE.

Shane Eason, Festival Director

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Syracuse Celebrates 6th Annual OTS8

Syracusians (?) can't get enough of a good thing. Plans are underway for their 8th edition in upstate NY, and their 30 spots filled up in record time. I think it must have been a number of people's resolution to shoot more super 8 in 2012 (a sign of the impending apocalypse? perhaps).

This means in the coming weeks 1500 feet of super 8 film will glide through cameras (being intermittently exposed to light), the wonders of which will be revealed in March. We'll have more details here shortly on the screening, or feel free to visit their blog or facebook page.

In the meantime, happy new year to all our OTS8 enthusiasts and here's to another great year of small gauge filmmaking.

And I didn't forget, wrap ups of last year's OTS8 are on their way (sorry, been a bit busy, my new year's resolution is to keep you all updated).