My hope with every film is to try to create something different, and the film I am sharing with you today is unlike anything I have ever done before. In late 2010, my good friend Tim Estep helped create a Super 8mm festival in Harrisonburg, VA, and really encouraged me to make a film. With my busy editing schedule, I could not quite fit it in, so I decided to try shooting part of a wedding on Super 8 instead. I had always wanted to shoot motion picture film, but I never really got the opportunity until that moment. Super 8, in particular, was developed more for home movies, and consumer use, where 16mm was for news, and 35mm for movies. I did not have a camera for the festival, so I went on ShopGoodwill.com (yes it exists), bought one for 20 dollars, and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, the camera’s battery compartment was completely corroded, but a local guy cleaned it out, and it surprisingly started working. With Super 8, the cartridges are only three and a half minutes, and I only had one, so I really wanted to conserve what I shot. I shot a good portion of Jodi & Kurt’s wedding with it, sent it off, and I got back something incredibly beautiful. The footage has a nostalgic and home movie feeling to it. There was no denying that I was hooked. Over the next two years, I shot a mix of HD & Super 8mm, to really get the best of both worlds, and this year I started offering a package with just Super 8mm.
I never thought anyone would really be into it, but surprisingly, many people were. Allyson & Andy came to me, and I think I asked them three times if they knew what Super 8 was and if they really wanted it. Thankfully, they were in love with Super 8, and their wedding was a perfect fit. Panorama Farms in Earlysville, VA served as the ceremony and reception area with its beautiful rustic tones. I loved the vintage details, bluegrass band, old barn, and the intimate gathering of friends and family. Not knowing how much film I would need, I chose seven rolls with a mix of b&w and color. Tim Estep came a long to help shoot it with me, and brought his collection of at least six cameras. We ended up loading black and white in our primary cameras, and then loading color in a second in case we saw something that looked better in color. I honestly did not think seven rolls would go by so fast! At the start of dancing, we both had the equivalent of a half roll left in each of our cameras, so we had to conserve quite a bit in order to get the best shots. With Super 8, it really is all about the moments, and having fun, so I tried to really change up my style for this and go for something fun. Tim and I did timelapses, crazy handheld moves, and tried to change up the perspectives to make it work. I have to be honest though, I was hardly sleeping until it came back from the lab, but all the worrying was for nothing as the footage really turned out well. Shooting a wedding entirely on Super 8mm film was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have had thus far and I am so thrilled to be able to share it with you below! Enjoy!!
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