In the last days of motion picture film the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative (NIFCO) ran what may be its last Super 8 film workshop in the summer of 2012. At the end of last year, news came that processing 8mm and 16mm motion picture film would no longer be a viable option for film makers in Canada. I was lucky enough to be a part of the “last batch” with long time film mentor, Roger Maunder.
My Super 8 short film was done in collaboration with HIV/AIDS activist and educator, Robyn Pardy. It is “part 1” because we hope this will be the opening sequence to a larger film project about the history HIV/AIDS, the people involved and the epidemiology in Newfoundland and Labrador. The rest of this project will, undoubtedly, be shot on digital HD motion picture cameras. Maybe a new Red Epic?
This was shot on a 70’s era Sanyo Super 8 movie camera with Ektachrome 100 Daylight film and transferred to digital for editing in an AVID editing suite at NIFCO. Audio tracks were recording separately with a Sony digital audio recorder and the original music score was done by Debashis Sinha in Toronto.
Thanks go to Roger Maunder for mentoring the Super 8 Workshops, Brad Gover for post-production guidance, Anna Petras for herding cats, Debashis Sinha for the score and especially Robyn Pardy for letting me follow her around with a vintage Super 8 movie camera. The girl knows her buses!