Interview with Coan Nichols How did you get into shooting with super 8? i got into shooting super 8 because I didn't have enough money to buy a video camera and I saw a bell and howell super 8 for $45 brand new- I bought the cam and 2 rolls of film- I shot the film and brought it to this pharmacy that offered developing for b/w film- I got the film back and had to buy a projector to watch it- I found one that weekend- as soon as I saw the footage I was hooked- it looks so amazing on the wall- 10 times better than when its transferred to videoYouâ€™ve made 4 films now, does shooting with super 8 get easier with each film you make? we've actually made 5 films because skateparks of Oregon and Ecuador is 2 films on one tape- shooting on super gets easier because you know better what works and what doesn't- some stuff that seems like it wouldn't work is really cool- so it is less stressful but it is always scary to shoot $3,000 worth of one of a kind footage without seeing any of it- I have nightmares on the road near the end of a trip- what if there's a hair in the gate or the light meter doesn't work- so much stupid crap can happen when all of the equipment is like 40 years old In your opinion, who makes the best Super 8 cameras? my favorite camera is a cannon that I have- we also have a great eumig underwater camera- I don't know much about brands- we shoot with cheesey $25 thrift store, flea market cameras and they seem to work greatWhere are the best places to find a good cheap super 8 camera? flea markets, yard sales, pawn shops- one reason I love super 8 so much is that it is like a throw away technology- video came out and it is easier and more reliable so everyone just bailed on super 8- all this great technology is just left aside like garbage- it seems that just getting an image out of one of the cameras is a miracleHow much time goes into making each film? we shoot 50 ft. daylight loads- we shoot from 200 reels to 20 reels depending on the length and how much money we have that monthWhat are the best/worst things about shooting with super 8 film? the best thing is seeing the footage- everything looks great in film- walking down the street looks cool- there really isn't isn't a worst thing- we use it because it is all we can afford- we want to shoot on film and this is the format thats availableKodakBrownie 8mm Movie Camera
Revere M50 8mm Movie Camera
Kodak M2 First Super 8mm Movie Camera
Published on May 18, 2009
This issue of Swimmer's Ear features interviews with skateboarder Jesse Reed and bands Challenger, Despistado, and Sparta. A special feature...