What is Super 8?
Super 8 is the motion picture successor to 8mm film with improved image quality and ability to use cartridges with roughly 3 minutes of film inside. It's what most home movies were filmed on in the 60s and 70s before VHS came along. Think "The Wonder Years" intro.
What kind of film is available?
I can shoot with either color film or black & white film. You can decide what you'd like.
How do I watch it?
It used to be that you'd need a projector to watch a Super 8 film but now, the films are developed and scanned into a HD video file you can view on any device.
How long does it take to get my film back?
I would allow up to 5 months to receive your final film due to the film developing and scanning process.
How long will the full video last?
Highlight films are around 4-5 minutes long. As far as uncut footage, it depends on the package you select as a single roll of Super 8 lasts just 3 minutes. Super 8 is shot in short snippets so it covers time more than you'd think.
Will you run out of film?
That's always a risk but I'm very careful to ration the film to last throughout the day and cover all the important moments and even the little ones too. With that said, obviously more film means more coverage.
Does it have Sound?
No. Unfortunately, they stopped making sound film decades ago. I will add a licensed music track to the highlight film though. If you'd like, I can set up a separate microphone to record the vows or speeches.
What are the best shooting conditions?
As much lighting as possible is best! But in dim light, I'll do my best to capture the moment nonetheless and have low light film and a small on-camera light that helps.
What's your style of shooting?
Think of mixture of your grandfather and a professional. Smart enough not to miss the important moments but still give it the casual charm of old Super 8 home movies.
They still make Polaroids??
They do! Nowadays I tend to use Fujifilm's Instax Wide instant film a lot but Polaroid film is still made by Polaroid Originals and works in old Polaroid cameras that shoot the iconic square format film (and the wider Spectra) and Fujifilm makes Instax plus their discontinued but beautiful pack film is also still available for now.
Should this be used as my main photography for my wedding?
I wouldn't suggest it. Polaroids are a slower process than digital photography so there will inherently be less photos taken. I'd recommend this in addition to a full digital photographer.
Can I have black and white Polaroids?
Of course! Polaroid Originals and Fujifilm Instax both make black and white film or there is the more expensive pack film from Fujifilm.
Polaroids have negatives?
Some do! Fujifilm's pack film Polaroids are a little different than the Polaroids most people are familiar with and include a negative that can be scanned after a bleaching and drying process.
What are the best shooting conditions?
Just like with Super 8, as much lighting as possible is best for Polaroids. Polaroid and Instax cameras both have a built in flash for low light shooting.
Can I have a Polaroid Photobooth?
Sure! Visit the "Other" section of the Packages page for more info on that.
What got you into this?
I fell in love with film after finding an old Polaroid camera in a garage sale years ago. With Super 8, I had a random chat on my lunch break in NYC with a German filmmaker shooting 8mm film and that sparked my interest in the format as I love shooting film and now here I am!
Is it just you?
Yup! Just me. For now at least. I do all of the photography/filming. Occasionally, I have a someone step in as a second shooter for Super 8.
Where are you located and how does travel work?
I am an NYC based artist and filmmaker. I am willing to travel as far as you are! Just need my expenses covered. But I am a cheap traveller!
How do I pay?
You can pay via cash, paypal, cashier's check or venmo. The other payment terms are outlined in the contract.
Could I rent some of your vintage cameras as props for my wedding?
Sure! I have many. 35mm. Polaroid. Super 8. The works. Contact me to discuss this.
Anything else you offer?
I also offer engagement and honeymoon packages and am available for commercial, event or narrative work.