Super 8 film making tips for drama

Super 8 film making.

super 8 film making

Always try to keep the camera steady.If possible use  a shoulder rig or a tripod. Your super 8 film making will look far more professional if the shots are steady.. Due to the frame size of super 8. Close up shots look far more engaging to the viewer. The amount of resolution  compared to larger film formats is greatly reduced.

Camera power.

Make sure you check the camera  batteries before shooting. If possible use a battery tester. If your camera has a “zoom” lens, use it sparingly. When shooting inside in low light use extra lighting. Super 8 film making needs a lot more light than modern day video camcorders. Lighting can be employed to add drama and depth to your super 8 film making.


Subject distance and subject size are related in Super 8 film making. When your subjects are people, a close-up is a scene taken from 6 feet or closer and intended for a head-and-shoulders shot. However, a close-up shot of something much larger, such as the Statue of Liberty, would be filmed from a distance much greater than 6 feet. For most of your home movies, anything filmed at a distance of 6 to 25 feet is a medium shot, with your camera covering a height of about 6 feet. A long shot would be any scene filmed from beyond 25 feet.

Mixing shots.

Its important to remember to mix up close long and medium shots to make your films more interesting. A good rule of thumb for your filming is to start a movie sequence with a shot to establish the action. A good establishing shot is a long shot to show the all of the setting.  Then follow with a related scene shot from a different distance. Using lots of close up shots with super 8 film tens to work very well.