Flicker #24, April 26, 1999
here's what we screened:
John Baker "Business as Usual"
super 8 8 min
Susanne Lee and Deok Song "The
super 8 4 min
Dave Bjorback "Tricky the Cosmonaut"
super 8 6 min
Rob Koegler "Florida 1998"
16mm 5 min
Michael Cato "Revolution pantomime"
16mm 1 min
16mm 1 min
Reed O'Beirne "Scratch"
super 8 3 min
Nayeli Garci-Crespo "Vanishing
Point" 16mm 12 min
16mm 12 min
Brad Boll "COPS" 16mm 1 min
16mm 1 min
Mark Andrews "The Great Purse
16mm 3 min
Abbie Bowman "Momentarily Blue"
super 8 2 min
Killing My Lobster "Bonjour
16mm 2 min
David Bediz "Upset Tummy"
16mm 1 min
I think we're setting a Flicker
record tonight for the most (& often the shortest) films we've ever screened.
I'm glad to announce that super8 seems to have made a comeback of sorts
too. I don't know about the statistical validity of using this as a sign
of trends in local filmmaking, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief & take
this as a sign that 1. Lots of people seem to be making really cool short
(short) films and 2. that super 8 is making a comeback after a slight dip
in local s8 production. Let's not take this as an excuse to rest on our
laurels, though (especially given the completely bogus assumptions that
these predictions are derived from). So, again, if you need a super 8 camera
to shoot on, let me know & yr name can be all over page 1 next Flicker.
What's more if you've got an idea for a film & are totally broke, you can
always apply for the $100 Flicker grant. (this next part is really exciting
so it's gonna be in all caps) AND NOW (thanks to Yale Labs) SOME LUCKY FLICKER
FILMMAKER WILL NOW BE THE BENEFICIARY OF FREE PROCESSING FOR A ROLL OF SUPER
8 AT EACH & EVERY FLICKER. (Now there are two great ways to win) We haven't
gotten anyone to donate the stock yet (although we're working on it), so
for now, I'll just throw it in. That means that we're pretty much guaranteed
one super 8 print per Flicker from here on out. You see, all that speculation
up above is true.
Well, we super 8 filmmakers still have 5 stocks available from Kodak (Kodachrome & Ektachrome for color reversal, Plus-X & Tri-X for B&W; reversal, 7293 [200T] for color negative [this last was a surpise to me--it used to only be available in Japan & to the military in this country]). As for processing, the Ektachrome & B&W; can be done anywhere that does s8 (Yale & Pac Lab are our favorites--their info is in this guide). The kodachrome is a little trickier, but not as tricky as it used to be. Kodak sends their Kodachrome processing to Switzerland which means you'll have to wait 3 weeks to get your footage back. Now, fortunately, they also process Kodachrome at Fuji in Arizona. Word on the street is that their processing isn't quite as meticulous (b/c Kodachrome is a pain to process), but I've seen some stuff processed there & it looks ok to me, especially given that you can get your film back within a week. If you can afford it, super 8 sound will slit any available stock into super 8 gauge for $33 a roll (which includes processing). You'd have to go to them for processing the 7293 as well (which is $16). Then things get even trickier & more expensive. Kodak doesn't make print paper for s8, so the only way to view it with the proper colors is to do a video transfer on a real telecine unit at $275/hr. Then you take that transfer & blow it up to Imax (70mm/15 perf.) & you're all set. (I'm just kidding, but it does seem like a really pricey way to go.) Of course, if you want to shoot negative film & then project the negative, that's something you can do...
Flicker film grant
Congrats to Brad Boll for taking home the dough at Flicker #23. His film "8 1/2" was awesome & he tells me there's plenty more where that came from. He plans to use the money to shoot some demo footage to use in a couple of super 8 classes that he's teaching to get the word to the masses. (If you're interested, let me know & I'll send you his way.) Tonite's grant (which will take us up to $1700 in total grants) will go to some lucky filmmaker among you. Hold your breath & cross your fingers. If you'd like to be considered for upcoming Flicker grants or the NEW SUPER 8 FILM & PROCESSING GRANT, send a script, treatment, half-articulate idea, or lunatic raving to:
4000 Forestdale Dr.
Durham, NC 27712