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Sebastien Cayer
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From: Ile DUpas,Quebec.Canada
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted June 23, 2003 08:44 AM      Profile for Sebastien Cayer   Author's Homepage   Email Sebastien Cayer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

I have about 10 or so unused super 8mm kosachrome 40 films. So are new stock while some are old stock. I am guessing that those ones are silent ones. If i am right kodak stopped producing sound super 8mm films not so long ago. Now they produce two film kodachrome and ektachrome and some b&w movies such as tri-x and plus x. The reason i am writting this is do you think i should risk filming my summer souvenirs on them. I am quite young and in 30 years from here when i will look back to the girls with which i was fooling around/ Playing a game of horse shoes with them and maybe married with one of them i guess those films will be pricelss. I have also some unused sound film. Those films are about 2.5 minutes each and with all of them i should be able to film 75 mins or more. Do some of you still film on those films ? I know that filmmaker still use them but as a particuliar do you use them or you prefer the video camera nowadays ? If they are silent as i think they are maybe i could record the sound on a tape recorder while filmming and trying to do something with it later.

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John Clancy
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Cornwall
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted June 23, 2003 09:35 AM      Profile for John Clancy   Author's Homepage   Email John Clancy   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Sounds to me like you need to have a look at the 8mm film making forum. You'll find the address within www.bfcc.biz under the 'Super 8 Links' section. However, Keith Wilton and I just used some old Kodachrome sound cartridges to film the missing section of the Super 8 print of Star Trek Generations from 35mm. Despite being years out of date it came out a treat. Assuming these cartridges aren't over 10 years old they will most likely still be fine - even then you may get away with it. And being Kodachrome the prints will never fade. I have film from 35 years ago that looks like it could have been filmed last week (except the people are smarter and everyone looks happier - probably because Ken Livingstone wasn't around then!!!).

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Patrick Robison
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From: Orlando, Florida, USA
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted June 25, 2003 12:03 AM      Profile for Patrick Robison   Email Patrick Robison       Edit/Delete Post 
Go for it Sebastian!

As stated in the previous post, as long as they are not really old they should be fine. Just pay attention to your light meter (K-40 needs plenty of light) and remember to change your internal filter over when moving in and out of natural light. Read up a little on filming and shoot away! Major plus is people (read females) are intrigued when someone is using a Super8 camera! Pretty good "ice-breaker" for a single guy.

I'm unsure if you have Walmart in Canada, but if you do you can use them to develop your film for only $4.50(US) a roll. They will insist they don't do it but have them call the district manager and explain they have to send it out to be developed.

As far as sound goes, perform a search for Super 8 sound striping. You will find a couple alternatives in North America and many others in Europe. The average for the main stripe only is around 10 cents (US) a foot. You could then record ambient sound and mix it in with current/favorite music via a projector. Unless you have synch equipment, exact matching of sound is really hard.

Good Luck!

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Tim Christian
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From: Norfolk, UK
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted June 25, 2003 01:01 AM      Profile for Tim Christian   Author's Homepage   Email Tim Christian   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You'll find plenty of information in the archives of


and a description of DIY sound striping in



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