Steve Dix...Comedian?

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02.07.2006 22:25 - Cineast

I've bought a camera.

A super-8 camera.

You're probably wondering what the hell I'm going to do with a super-8 camera. Well, I'm going to make a film. You can still buy super-8 film, although Kodachrome 40 is shortly going to be history, as it no longer meets certain manufacturing standards, and has been replaced with Ektachrome.

So, why super-8? The film is expensive in comparison to videotape. Wouldn't it be easier to get a MiniDV cam?

I'll tell you why. Nostalgia. Years ago I used to "muck around" with super-8 and it's predecessor, standard 8, and it was a lot of fun. Sadly, the friend who was gracious enough to lend me his cameras died of cancer, and so no more film fun. Now, having seen a camera going for one euro on Ebay, I put a bid in and got hold of a rather nice camera, which seems to work very well.

So what are you going to film?

Well, forget tedious home-made Hollywood epics, or zero-budget SF puppetry, which was what I was into then. There's enough crap films out there without me adding to them. No. I'm going to film a video for one of my songs. An experimental video.

I've already got some ideas on using high-contrast monochrome, and a load of felt pens.

 


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