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Would You Film Wedding Videos in Super 8?

The Super 8 motion picture film format came out in 1965, and obviously, technology has advanced quite a bit since then. Still, though, there is something to be said for nostalgia, particularly when capturing emotional moments like a wedding. So, should you add it to your services list? This interesting video discusses the idea. 

Coming to you from Matt WhoisMatt Johnson, this great video discusses the idea of adding Super 8 to your wedding filmmaking services. It might seem strange to use a filmmaking standard that is over a half-century old, but on the other hand, there is absolutely demand for the use of film in wedding photography, as many couples love the nostalgia the style evokes, so extending that to video isn't that unreasonable a proposition. As Johnson mentions, just like film, this should not be used as some sort of shortcut past developing technique and a creative style. Perhaps even more so than film photography, working with a format like Super 8 takes careful technique and planning, and unlike film photography, it really is not conceivable that you would be able to shoot an entire wedding with it except under the rarest of circumstances. Rather, it is an interesting add-on for couples looking for that extra creative touch. Check out the video above for Johnson's full thoughts. 

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12 Comments

Paul McMurrick's picture

No

Timothy Roper's picture

At about $100 per 3 minutes (film stock, processing, telecine), I think I'll pass if I ever get married.

STEVEN WEBB's picture

No. Just film it in 4k digital and then add fx to give it a nostalgic film look if that's what the couple wants, for some of the movie or even all of it.

kotlos kotlos's picture

As others have said, with digital you can recreate the film look almost to the letter.

The experience though of that huge cost/second or if your footage is ends up in garbage is hard to recreate.

So while it can be fun and maybe it can work if you only shoot artsy couples, film is a bad business decision for wedding videos.

Alexander Petrenko's picture

Sure (if I need to promote my YouTube channel with weird stuff)

RT Simon's picture

I wonder how many millions of miles of super 8 still sit in landfills or on library shelves turning to dust? A rather useless format for capturing sufficient data of anything.

Geoff Miller's picture

I think this "retro" thing is getting a little out of hand.

Jan Holler's picture

Just no. And no to this video too: He doesn't really have anything to say, it's all superficial. The justifications are vague. Don't throw some numbers in the air. These are just milkmaid calculations.

Kirk Darling's picture

Presumably, someone who would shoot a wedding in Super 8 (or any film for that matter) is not someone who would worry about a digital camera with only one card slot.

Trushar Patel's picture

As nice and nostalgic as this is, the advent of proper raw in consumer cameras make the latitude of shooting video on these cameras moot. Why would you even risk someone's special day with so much restriction?