I have always been a fan of
motion pictures. Only recently, however, have I become
interested in filmmaking as an art form of expression. I guess
it all began back in 1991 when, for a group project
in high school, I helped make a movie about unsolvable mathematical
problems. Since then, especially here at CMU, I
have studied filmmaking, and have been very active in the filmmaking
club here on campus.
Most of my work in film
has so far been limited to Super8.
Super8 film was developed by Eastman Kodak
in 1965, a slight variation of the 8mm format that was developed
in 1932. The original 8mm was basically 16mm with twice the
number of sprocket holes. The 16mm film was run through an 8mm
camera which exposed one side of the film. It was then rethreaded
and run through the camera again, exposing the frames along
the other edge. The processed film was then split down the
middle. Super8 film is the same width as the original
8mm, but the sprocket hole size is smaller and frame size
50% larger, providing improved image quality.
Kodak currently produces three types of
silent Super8 film.
Plus-X and Tri-X are black & white, and
Kodachrome is a color film stock, all costing
in the $8 to $12 range for one 50' roll. Most Super8
cameras are reasonably priced ($50-$100), all available with
different options such as fade, slow motion, single frame, et
cetera, making Super8 the ideal starting point for work in