About this project
Super 8 rocks
(German below/Deutsche Infos am Schluss)
The Super 8 Web Portal is intended to bring together current filmmakers and newcomers, to present both old and new film projects and to offer a massive online archive of more than 1,000 curated small format films. Active filmmakers and gear collectors alike will find the information they need, with the world’s largest online archive of 3,900 cameras and 3,500 projectors.
Super 8 has been quiet for 30 years, but a small worldwide following of around 2,500 filmmakers is keeping the medium alive. Following traditional film photography, instant photos and vinyl records, this medium is now poised to take a ride on the retro express. Kodak has introduced a new Super 8 camera and reintroduced Ektachrome color reversal film. Ferrania (Italy) and Adox (Germany) are creating new film stocks for Super 8. Other companies are also researching and developing Super 8 cameras and film. The time has come to provide an information resource to support these developments. A portal featuring modern responsive design, which functions on home computers as well as smartphones.
The portal will consist of nine sections, some of which are free of charge and some available for members only (paywall).
Super8News (free access)
The latest information about cameras, film stock and accessories from companies around the world that offer essential services for filmmakers. In addition, we will check in on current Super 8 film productions and filmmakers.
Super8Forum (members only)
A forum for the creative and technical aspects of small format film. The forum is divided into the following sections:
Super8Show (free access)
This section highlights a selection of newly produced Super 8 films (about 50 in front of the paywall).
Super8Show (members only)
You get exclusive access to a unique archive of award winning short films (1,000 Super 8 films from different collections). Many titles will be accessible online. Additionally, there will be some old commercials for movie cameras and projectors.
Super8Service (members only)
A comprehensive list of shops, processing labs, repair facilities and film transfer companies—including a comment function for registered users. Embedded banner ads.
Super8Stories (members only)
In-depth portraits of filmmakers, behind-the-scenes filmmaking reports and documentaries on the history of small format movies. Equipment and lab tests. Text with embedded photos and/or films.
Workshop (members only)
Tutorials on shooting Super 8, along with hands-on articles exploring gear for filming, projecting and home processing. Text with embedded photos and/or films.
Archive: Movie cameras & projectors (members only)
A database of every single commercial small format movie camera, film projector and film splicer. 1-3 photos per device along with a table of shared technical specifications. The complete archive includes approximately 8,000 entries.
Film festivals (members only)
List of links to all active film festivals that include small format films.
These rewards are waiting for you:
Wie oft habe ich diesen Satz schon gehört - selbst in letzter Zeit: "Schade, dass es das Magazin schmalfilm nicht mehr gibt...". Jetzt kann das Magazin wieder auferstehen, wenn auch in digitaler Form. Hier seht ihr die tollen Layout-Entwürfe der genialen Grafiker aus dem Berliner Designbüro vonSüden. Das Super 8 Web Portal würden wir auch supergern in deutscher Sprache umsetzen, doch dazu brauchen wir die Mindestsumme von 30.000 Euro aus dem Crowdfunding. So könnte es dann aussehen:
Wenn ihr uns unterstützen wollt, wählt bitte das 1-Jahres-Abo für 45 Euro (1 year subscription) oder das 2-Jahres-Abo für 90 Euro (2 years subscription). Alle Abos, die mit einem Buch verbunden sind, gelten natürlich auch für unsere deutschen Schmalfilmfreunde: Die Bücher sind zweisprachig Deutsch/Englisch.
Risks and challenges
(German information below/Deutsch am unteren Ende)
Good and independent information cannot be free. The technique behind the website is expensive. Editors and writers should be paid too. So today we would like to ask you: Are you serious with the return of Super 8? Would you like to give it a try? We will create the web portal with a handful of free pages but most of it will be behind a paywall. Our supporters will get everything for free of course. And we only can start if there is enough interest in it. If we will get 20,000 Euro or more, we are able to set up The Super 8 Web Portal and to put in all information for a minimum of two years. If we will get more than 30,000 Euro we will offer a bilingual web portal with English and German pages. We are considering launching the English version first - in August 2017.
Das Super 8 Web Portal entsteht in englischer Sprache, wenn wir einen Betrag von 20.000 Euro im Crowdfunding erzielen. Es wird auch ein deutschsprachiges Portal geben, falls wir 30.000 Euro erreichen. Im August 2017 soll die englische Variante am Start sein, die deutsche entsteht bei erfolgreicher Finanzierung vier Wochen später.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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