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The Power of Super 8 Film!


Robert Richardson, ASC, Robert Elswitt, ASC, John Toll, ASC, Jim Chressanthis, ASC, Ed Lachman, ASC and Caleb Deschanel, ASC are among the cinematographers whose names grace the back cover of a new book titled “The Power of Super 8 Film.” The list also includes Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese among the iconic filmmakers who have created stories with moving images recorded on 8 mm or Super 8 film.

The book was written by Phil Vigeant, who has owned Pro8MM, in Burbank, California for the past 30-plus years along with his wife Rhonda. The company rents and sells cameras and professional motion picture film in Super 8 format. It also provides film processing, telecine, other postproduction and archiving services.

The Power of Super 8 Film takes readers on an 80 year journey through the history of the format, which was introduced as a visual story-telling medium for hobbyists during the early 1930s. Vigeant says that contemporary applications for Super 8 film include wedding movies produced by professionals and amateurs, documentaries, commercials, music videos, flashback scenes and other inserts in narrative films.

“Filmmakers and other people are also asking us to convert 8 mm home movies from their childhoods to HD DVDs for their home movie theaters,” he says. “We are able to do that because film is a proven archival medium which stands the test of time.”

Vigeant brought an unique perspective to this endeavor. In addition to managing the company for decades, he scans around a million feet of film a year in his role as a senior colorist for Pro8MM. That gives him a bird?s eye view of the innovative ways that people, ranging from hobbyists to professionals in all sectors of the motion picture industry are using 8 film and what they are doing right and wrong.

Pro8MM is scheduling two-day “boot camps” where participants shoot Super 8 films and follow them through the post production work flow with Vigeant from beginning to end. For information about where The Power of Super 8 Film can be purchased and how you, your friends and family members can arrange to participate in a “boot camp” visit thepowerofsuper8film.com.

About Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a journalism degree from Long Island University, and began his career as a cub reporter at the New York Herald Tribune. Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in mid-1958. He served for two years as a journalist at an army base in Anniston, Alabama.That experience gave him a different view of the world. Several weeks before he was scheduled to complete his military obligation, Fisher answered an ad for a six-month job in Los Angeles writing a book based on interviews with members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Fisher had no idea what cinematographers did. The attraction was getting to see Los Angeles. Fisher estimates that he has subsequently written between 3,000 and 4,000 magazine articles about cinematographers and other narrative and documentary filmmakers. He is one of seven living honorary members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Four of the others are astronauts.

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