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!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Our American friends have Calls for Submissions

From NY state to FLA, the One Take Super 8 Event season is heading strong into the last few months of 2015.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Syracuse crew is accepting films for its 9th Annual OTS8. If you donated to their campaign, great! Now make a film!

And further south in sunny Florida, the 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree (a classy title for a OTS8 event) has also put out their call for submissions for their 8th annual event (it's always awesome for these events to hit the milestone 8 year mark).

We're excited to see what films get made by our friends south of the border, as we settle in for a wonderful winter of super 8 viewing.

Also, a congrats to our WNDX friends for screening 34 new super 8 films at their 10th annual OTS8 in Winnipeg. We'll be posting a review of the show on this blog soon.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Runner gets highlighted in

This past year's One Take Super 8 films produced some terrific work once again. And year after year with 100's of films completed there are still filmmakers breaking new ground, and JS Gauthier is definitely one of them. His 3D printed models became a pixelated wonder called The Runner.  You can read the entire post here. And to watch his magical genius, we've provided a link to his film online.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On the eve of projection!

That's a pretty marquee. Every year it's so exciting to see our event go up on the history Roxy. But it makes me realize we have a lot of work to do!

Can't believe we're less than 48 hours away from the premiere of the Saskatoon films, followed by Regina's premieres a day later. Wanted to post things earlier, but we've been frantically busy collecting titles, synopses, soundtracks (hint, a KORG will be present in Saskatoon), designing programs and getting them off to the printer and doing media interviews. PHEW! Oh yeah, tested the projector because I was losing sleep that it was playing everything in slow motion. But that's NOT the case, so I am sleeping better now. Runs like a charm (typing while knocking on wooden desk).

Speaking of program design, just wanted to do a shout out to Emily Kohlert of Dandelion design for doing an incredible job on designing our programs for Saskatoon and Regina. They look great and I'd give you a sneak peak, but you'll just have to come to the events to get one :)

Speaking of the events. Share the Facebook pages to those you know. Here's the link for Saskatoon, and here's the one for Regina

The screenings are 100% FREE. Thanks to the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Now it's time to actually splice these films together, and we'll be pretty much set for two fantastic events!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Line ups for Saskatoon and Regina

We're excited to have all the participant names for this year's events.

This is not the final screening order (cause that's always a surprise!) but these are all the people who submitted a cartridge which are being processed as I type.

For Saskatoon!
Cameron Duff, Catherine Lemire, Dave Turcotte, Adeel Salman, Mark Ferguson, Red Smarteez, Ania Slusarczyk, Marcel Petit, Brad Proudlove, Kevin Wesaquate, Gray Myrfield, Shakey Wilson, Derk Gerwin, Alex Rogalski, Tanjalee Kuhl, Jesse Doig, Emily Kohlert, Jean-Sebastien Gauthier, Reincarnating Fred.

And Regina!
Noelle Duddridge, Sarah Huber, Mike Rollo, Gerald Saul, William Bessai-Saul, Eric Hill, Amber Phelps Bondaroff, Brian Stockton, Jay Sotkowy, Kevin Dowler, Dianne Ouellette, Nelson Mitchell, Nick Holroyd, Martin Makowski, Karen Elliott, Jori Cachene, Peter Brass, Patrick Palmer, Kristine Dowler, Gord Pepper, berni hi & Chrystene Ells, Ian Campbell, Colby Richardson, Ken Wilson

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Montréal est prête

Our cine-comrades in Montreal have been busy organizing the 5th OTS8 which is set to take place at La Salla Rosa on May 27th at 8pm.

Our great thanks to the Double Negative Collective for putting together a great group of filmmakers. And kudos to the Canada Council for supporting the event (We really should consider asking the CC to get behind the SK events someday :)

Some incredible films have come out of the Montreal events, and the screenings are definitely one of a kind.  If you are in the 514, head to the event, and join their Facebook event page.

24 films by 28 filmmakers will hit the screen, see below for a list of filmmaker names.
Jason Auger ⋅ Audréane Beaucage ⋅ Caroline Blais ⋅ Jérôme Bretéché ⋅ Charlotte Clermont
Charles-André Coderre & Claudia Garceau ⋅ Ariel Desbiens ⋅ Wassili Dudan ⋅ Hannah Fleet
Jose Garcia-Lozano ⋅ Shannon Harris ⋅ Christopher Johnstone ⋅ Anne Koizumi ⋅ Sylvie Laplante
Sarah Anita McNeill ⋅ Sonya Mladenova & Vitalyi Bulychev ⋅ Marc Pelletier ⋅ Andrés Solis
Sonya Stefan & Charlotte Bonin ⋅ Svava Tergesen ⋅ Guillame Vallée ⋅ Erin Weisgerber
Matthew Wolkow ⋅ Steven Woloshen & Alexandra Grimanis.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 poster, and films are heading to the lab!

We are very excited that we'll be doing another limited edition screen printed poster for this year's event in Saskatoon and Regina, designed by David Lariviere, and printed by Tucker's T-Shirts (but sometimes posters :). Depending on whether you're in Regina or Saskatoon will determine how you see it :) They'll be popping up around town very soon.

The film cartridges were being dropped off fast and furious in both cities today, as we near the 50 total films for the events. Excitement is definitely building toward our screenings at the Roxy and the RPL Theatre on the 4th and 5th of June respectively.

Now filmmakers are busy getting their audio tracks together, and we're thrilled that the line up of participants is a great mix of veteran OTS8 filmmakers and first time super 8 shooters. Here's hoping all the cameras cooperated for one more year. We'll announce the names of the filmmakers here soon.

The films are being shipped to Toronto and thanks to Sebastjan and his team at Niagara Custom Lab for their processing and providing us with the film stock for the event this year.
And a final thanks to PAVED Arts and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative for being great partners in providing equipment, expertise, and a place to pick up film for the events this year.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sign up Saskatchewan

Now's the time to pick up your reel Regina and Saskatoon as we celebrate 50 years of super 8 film and 15 years since the initial One Take Super 8 Event in Saskatchewan.

We're excited to be hosting 2 events in Saskatchewan, June 4 at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon we'll present up to 25 new films, then the next day Friday June 5, we return to the Regina Public Library Theatre for 25 new films. It's an extravaganza of small gauge cinema! So let the petty rivalry begin between the cities as we attempt to get people making new movies to screen before ravenous audiences.

It's 40$ for b/w 50$ for colour, and we're paying artist fees to all participants. Get your forms at PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and the Sask Filmpool in Regina before April 17 and you can pick up your film at the same time and start shooting. All films must be returned by May 11 for processing.

This is all very exciting so please tell your friends, cause who knows how many more chances we'll have left to make these wonderful super 8 films light up the big screen in their original format.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Bonjour mes amis!

Montreal, your time has come.

Our good friends and comrades in celluloid, Double Negative collectif, have launched their call for submissions for their One Take Super 8 Event this spring. Check out details on their facebook page. It's been a couple years since their last event, but you don't want to miss out. Whether you're a maker or a watcher, some of the most impressive super 8 films have emerged from their events.

Registration dates have passed, but you must lock May 27th in your calendar to see these works premiere at La Salla Rosa.

For super 8 fans in Saskatchewan, big news about to break. hint. mark off the first week of June in your calendars. Makers, dust of your cameras.

Image credit: Marie-Douce St-Jacques

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


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.