Super 8 fifty.
Kodak have produced a short video celebrating 50 years of Super 8 cine film.
Happy 50th Birthday Super 8!
We’re celebrating a very special birthday this year – Super 8 is turning 50!
Fifty years ago, Kodak introduced Super 8 mm. This “super” format solved some of the challenges of standard 8mm, which launched a few decades earlier. Regardless of those hurdles, 8 mm cameras became a common sight at family parties, special events, and vacation destinations by the 1950s. But with the invention of the 50-foot cartridge in 1965, anyone could shoot without interruption for a much smaller investment. Suddenly everyone was a filmmaker!
Many of today’s great filmmakers — Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, David Fincher, Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Christopher Nolan — got their “start” creating Super 8 movies in their back yards. This powerful little format has gone on to forge an emotional path into the hearts of many artists and filmmakers over the decades. And its unique look is still revered today.
Super 8 has also made its mark in Hollywood, with numerous commercials, music videos, branded entertainmentutilizing the small gauge film. You may have noticed its unique look on recent episodes of American Idol, American Horror Story, and The Americans. This small format provides a distinct look for big pictures as well, such as the Oscar®-winning JFK, The Fighter and Argo, as well as the upcoming I Saw the Light. And documentaries, such as Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Brand: A Second Coming, rely on Super 8 footage to tell their stories.
This will be a big year for Super 8 mm with the Logmar camera arriving, the first new Super 8 camera to hit the market in 30 years. It combines analog and digital technology, with features guaranteed to excite the pros as well as the consumer. Perhaps one will find its way into the hands of the next great filmmaker!
We look forward to celebrating this special occasion with all of the Super 8 fifty fans and filmmakers around the globe, and seeing the innovative images that continue to be created to entertain our visual palates.