In partnership with Nelson Youth Action Network, LighterCyde Film Lab and Nelson Lions Club, The Civic Theatre presents the 1 Day/1 Roll Super 8 Youth Challenge. This year's free workshop will take place on Monday 17th August 2020 and has been moved to an online platform this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. All you need to do is register and we'll send you all the info!
Last year, in a time before Covid, the challenge was an opportunity to shoot and hand process Super 8 film. Following an interactive workshop, each filmmaker was provided with a Super 8 camera and one 50' roll of black and white film (3-mins run time), to create an in-camera edited, silent black and white film over the course of 24-hours. The combined student processed films were projected at a public screening, on film, to be seen for the first time by audience and filmmaker alike.
Respecting social distancing, Jason Asbell (Filmmaker/Programming Director for The Civic Theatre) and Thomas Nowaczynski (Photographer/Owner of LighterCyde Film Lab), will be your digital online guides through the wonderful world of shooting and processing analog film. Added bonus this year - as we are in-home, we will use and teach how to process black & white film using safe homemade photo-chemistry, ’Caffenol-C’, made with instant coffee, vitamin C powder and washing soda.
The '1 Day/1 Roll Super 8 Youth Film Challenge' is an opportunity for youth to step back into another age of moving image production. To experience a time before smartphones, digital, LCD screens and instant playback. A time when light would tickle silver grains on a celluloid strip, leaving a magic impression that would only be revealed once bathed in a photo-chemical bath.
Adapted for online delivery due to COVID-19, the ’1 Day/1 Roll Super 8 Youth Film Challenge’ begins with an online Super 8 tutorial, where participants will learn howto shoot an in-camera edited, silent, black-and-white film with Super 8 cameras and hand-process a roll of film with Caffenol-C (a non-toxic homemade black-and-white film developer.)
Instructions on how to execute our 2020 challenge (that will take place after watching the tutorial), will be delivered within the tutorial video. Our course instructor, Jason Asbell, will explain how we have adapted the “idea” of Super 8 film to a digital platform this year, so that students can partake by using a smartphone or digital camera.
The following morning, in place of participants being provided with a Super 8 camera and one 50' roll of film (2.5mins run time), participants will shoot an approximately 2.5-minute video.
In place of hand-processing the just-shot roll of film, all the individual folders of files will be assembled in numerical order from the file names provided. Sync audio will be stripped and a random submitted audio piece will be applied to each film by the challenge facilitator. The edited screening reel will be 'processed' through a Super 8 video filter and filmmakers will see their work for the first time, along with the rest of the participants/family and friends, in an online viewing party.
The limitations of shooting with Super 8 in the digital age, provides creative new perspectives on visual storytelling to young filmmakers. Beyond the purely creative practice benefits, The lessons learned by slowing down and learning this old/new technology, extends into life as well:
SPECIAL NOTE: If you are interested in extending this activity to your students as part of your coursework, or as an additional opportunity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to take part.