One Take Super 8 Event

The One Take Super 8 Event (OTS8) began in 2000, with 20 filmmakers each shooting a single reel of Super 8 film, which then premiered to an audience without the filmmakers seeing their work beforehand. All the films were shown as shot. No cuts. No splices. The popularity of this non-competitive festival has allowed it to return each year with more filmmakers participating. To date over 1000 films have been created for over 50 One Take Super 8 Events across North America!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Poster

We are very excited to release this year's poster design courtesy of Emily Kohlert (Dandelion) who also created last year's posters and programs. We'll be screen printing them soon, thanks to Tucker's for their continued support, and you'll be seeing them up around Regina and Saskatoon in the next week or so.

Screen printed posters mean the event is just around the corner, and we're very excited that for the first time we have full capacity in both Regina and Saskatoon with each city have 25 new films in production! With any luck everyone will finish on time and we'll get to premiere 50 new films on the 13th and 18th of July.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Catching up!

Time flies when you're trying to organize another edition of the OTS8!

We're back in Saskatchewan for the 5th annual event in Saskatooon, and our longest running edition in Regina!

Entry forms have been circulating, people have been signing up, and we're well underway towards our screenings this summer.

Films will be shot during June and returned in time for the July 13th event at the Regina Public Library Theatre, and the following Tuesday, July 18th at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon.

Last night, PAVED Arts kindly hosted our first event OTS8 filmmaking workshop (crazy it took 17 years to do that here). Amalie Atkins provided all the tips from her experience with film in how to make a film in a day, and there were lots of great questions from participants keen to try their hand at small gauge filmmaking. What's surprising now as we're that much more removed from celluloid is how many participants have never used a camera with a viewfinder, and how many people regularly use the term video when speaking about making motion picture. Times change!

Lots of first time filmmakers are signing up and we have been able to wrangle enough working cameras to see us through, as color reversal film becomes increasingly difficult to source (Hurry up Kodak with Ektachrome!!). Thanks to Niagara Custom Lab for making magic in getting us enough reels to make sure it's not a monochrome event.

And thanks again to the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture through their SaskFestivals grant for providing grant support to ensure we can pay all the artists IMAA screening fees.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ektachrome returns & 8 Fest this weekend

2017 brings with it exciting news, including Kodak's announcement of bringing back Ektachrome in Super 8 form! Very exciting, but much like the camera they announced at CES last year, we'll hold our collective breaths until we can hold them in our hands.

As Sundance and Slamdance close up their festivals, there's a little festival in Toronto dedicated to this small gauge formats that celebrating it's 10th anniversary.

Congratulations to the organizers of the 8 Fest for providing a great showcase for small gauge films for all these years, and being dedicated to showing these films in their original formats.

Over the years, the 8 fest has done a tremendous job of featuring many films from past OTS8 events from across the country.

This year, I am deeply humbled (and slightly terrified) to have been selected as the Canadian Spotlight Artist. It's been a very interesting process looking at my past films and having them curated into a program. A few of my past one take films made the list. It's been nice revisiting them again. But there are quite a few films I have never shown publicly before, and this was a good motivation to get them ready for the big screen for their premieres. It's hard to believe that a couple of the films are close to 20 years old already.

The benefit of being a part of OTS8 events is that I was able to share the anxiety with a group of 20+ filmmakers, and only had to bear responsibility for my 3 minutes (good or bad). But having 19 of my films play back to back is a real departure from my comfort zone.

In any case, my thanks to the organizers of the 8 fest for being such great supporters of the OTS8 and if you happen to be in Toronto this weekend, please check out this festival, it's one of a kind and totally worth it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

So Much News!

We're almost at the end of the year, and it's been a busy few months for the OTS8.

Shortly after the Saskatchewan screenings this past summer, we were fortunate to continue our partnership with Revel8 in Perth, Australia which screened 6 films made by Regina and Saskatoon filmmakers. These 6 films (you can see on youtube) received a brand new soundtrack thanks to local composers and musicians in Perth. Jay Sotkowy's Nunchuk Connection won Best International Super 8 Film!

The filmmakers who screened there included:
Shakey Wilson - Welcome to Rosthern
Kyath Battie - Prism
Amber Phelps Bondaroff - Enter the Egg
Stephanie McKay - The Last Great Gentleman
Catherine Lemire - Latin Fever


And a few weeks back Winnipeg celebrated their 11th!!!! OTS8 at WNDX.

That's a lot of Manitoba films over a decade, and we're thrilled that they are still going strong. (See list of films and filmmakers at the bottom of this post)

Florida is getting underway their with 9th annual 1:1 Super 8 Cinema Soiree and announced their call for submissions. The screening is going to be at the Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale which used to be the Cinema Paradiso. This was actually the venue for the very first OTS8 in Florida way back in March 2006. This year's screening will be at 1pm on December 10th. They might consider a name change to Super 8 Cinema Matinee!

We'll keep you posted on some upcoming small gauge festivals in the new year and let you know if some OTS8 participants are screening their work again.

After more than a decade and hundreds of films, you would think Winnipegers would have run out of original ideas for super 8 films. You would be wrong. Over thirty new, never-seen- before small gauge reels will be added to WNDX’s One Take Super 8 Event canon of filmic wonder. The event has been going for long enough; some of the original films are prime for a reboot, no? With no set theme or criteria, anything can happen in these single reel, unedited super 8 films. First time filmmakers and experienced veterans face the same anxiety around their vintage cameras and creative visions. Regardless of the outcome, audiences are guaranteed a one of a kind film screening featuring local talent on the big screen adding new treasures to a long history of totally independent and budget conscious filmmaking in the peg.
Program:
Shaylyn Plett + Janelle Tougas – This Field of Grass / Cet Espace Vert
Solmund MacPherson – Crime of Passion
Brendon Yarish – Free Hugs
Alyssa Bornn – Material Test 01
Michael Butterworth + Cameron Cummings – Sad Club
Aaron Zeghers – The Salesman
Britney Kornel – The Capri Motel
Timothy Maton – this isn’t anti-art
Darren Young – Catcalls
Tavis Putnam – Clean Freak
Jenny Bisch – Danse Pas de Dudes
Cottontail Productions – Prayer Break
Kenton Smith – Gudrun at the Sea
Jnznbrk – chroma
Ian Bawa – Missing Toes
Karen Asmundson – Tasman Hates the Beach
Eric Plamondon – Positive End Notes
Colby Richardson – Convolve
Ryan Simmons – 3 minutes of pure rock
A Black Helicopter – Jelqing
Ryan Steel – Little Foot
Divya Mehra – Allow suffering to speak (I’m too sad to tell you)
Milos Mitrovic – Boring Movie
Scott Fitzpatrick – Zombie Pt. 1
Jared Adams – We Did it All
Jaymez – Anna Darvulia
Trevor Kristjanson – Roomies: The Lost Episode
Damien Ferland + Gwen Trutnau – Nightmall
Nigel Webber – Reserved Parking
Kevin Bacon – The Cold-Footed Bride

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saskatoon is a wrap. Regina you're up!

Phew! That was close. I really don't wish to cut it that close again. This morning involved anxiously checking the Canada Post website tracking monitor to see when the package would arrive.
1:03am arrived in Saskatoon. 3:15 am item processed. 5 am item ready for delivery 8:10am item out for delivery. Meanwhile, at 8:25 am I am on air on the local CBC morning show talking about a screening that may or may not happen tonight.

Then I spent the next few hours watching the clock. Finally I saw the postman across the street at my neighbor's house and I frantically ran out my front door and waved him down (he looked slightly apprehensive as he pulled out his earbuds). He told me he had a few packages in the truck and after walking his route would deliver them. Mine might be one of them. AAAAHHHHH!!! I took a deep breath and went back inside and tried deep breathing exercises. Fortunately (as the photo somewhat foreshadowed), the films arrived in time for me to do a very speedy splicing job and get all the films reeled up and headed to the theatre with a little time to spare.

The rest is now history with 25 filmmakers sharing 20 films in Saskatoon to an audience of over 185 including guests visiting Saskatoon from other cities across Canada (love that they chose our event for a Wednesday evening's entertainment). Thanks to the lovely Roxy Theatre for being such gracious hosts once again.

A lot of highlights to share, including returning filmmakers brother/sister duo Charles and Catherine Lemire who made individual films for the event A Birthday Bash / Latin Fever, but there's an auteur streak running their their family. Great use of in camera editing and planning your story in advance.

A couple of pet films (by chance screened back to back) by Chris Smith and Stephanie McKay, highlighting Cheeseburger that cat in a dramatic role in Smith's film and McKay giving her dog Quincy a lead role in demonstrating the finer behaviors of the canine species.

Adeel Salman returned to the festival with a dark romantic tale with a twisted finish. a perfect genre film, timed to perfection.

Brad Proudlove also returned to the event with a prairie music video to the song 'Tuff' by SK Rap duo Run the Pools.

Many other highlights from the night, and despite a few audio technical issues, a smooth presentation to a very appreciative audience. Already looking forward to next year, but first I have to get to splicing those Regina films!

Thanks to Reilly Forbes for the pic!


Monday, June 6, 2016

Dear mr.Postman


Well, we're about 48 hours away from our show in Saskatoon, and the programs are printed, the media coverage is underway, and we wait with baited breath for the films to make their way from Toronto to Saskatoon care of Canada Expresspost. If you're keen to follow the progress, here's the tracking #0101385000762737. If you're anxious like me, you'll be looking it up hourly.
The good news is that the expected delivery date is June 8th. The tough news is that will give me just a few hours to splice everything together and get it in a projector at the theatre. No biggie. 

Anticipation is ramping up and soundtracks are flowing in. We're going to have 20 films for Saskatoon and 24 screen in Regina. Thanks again to Emily Kohlert for designing the posters and programs. 

Spread the word and tell your friends. Show up at the Roxy on Wednesday night to see if I show up empty handed or if we'll get to showcase Saskatoon films in all their glory!


Vancouver's big show!

Congratulations to the Iris Film Collective on their very first and wonderfully successful OTS8 in Vancouver on June 2. Included a pic here of Alex MacKenzie performing the all too critical projector inspection pre-show.

We're hoping that we'll get to see some of the films from their event at some point, as they begin to travel the circuit. Check out their tumblr page for some great images from the event.

And a big round of applause to the 26 films that made their premiere at Western Front. Filmmakers included:
Eduardo Araquel | Jiles Barrett | Julianne Chapple & Ed Spence | Monica Cheema | Nick Dangeli | Chris Gallagher | Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty | Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty | Jessica Johnson | Jon Johnson | Alex MacKenzie | Laura U. Marks | Michelle Martin | Pia Massie | Una-Ann Moyer | Lisa g Nielsen | Nisha Platzer | Brad Poulsen | Christoph Runne | Alysha Seriani | Mina Shum | Dan Siney | Sydney Southam | Mackenzie Warner | Ryder Thomas White | Stephen Wood