From Lomokino to Super 8: Rediscovering Celluloid

From Lomokino to Super 8: Rediscovering Celluloid

My celluloid adventure started in June 2013. After years of filming with DV and DSLR cameras, I was tempted to try something completely different. One day I came across the interesting Lomokino crank camera for 35 mm film. Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul had previously shot with it the stunning experimental film Ashes – the result inspired me and encouraged me to try it myself.

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„Sheep“, sharper, sharpest: Test of the new Kodak Ektachrome 100D/7294

„Sheep“, sharper, sharpest: Test of the new Kodak Ektachrome 100D/7294

Ektachrome is back! Since October 2018, the eagerly awaited Super 8 color reversal material has finally hit the market. You can already read in many film tests that the new emulsion provides wonderfully fine-grained pictures and in particular realistically reproduces skin tones. But how do different cameras behave with the new film?

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Taylor Swift on Super 8

According to Pro8mm, the Reputation Stadium Tour with US country pop musician Taylor Swift will feature a whole lot of Super 8. Four cameras from Pro8mm were borrowed for the show and 22 cassettes of negative film were shot. Pro8mm then scanned the material in 4K. The “Reputation Stadium Tour” by the ten-time Grammy winner Swift is the most successful tour in U.S. history.

Starting December 31, the roughly two-hour concert will be on Netflix. https://www.netflix.com/de/title/81026251

Shooting 16mm film on Dartmoor: “The Colour Out of Space” after H.P. Lovecraft

Shooting 16mm film on Dartmoor: “The Colour Out of Space” after H.P. Lovecraft

It all started some years ago, when Lomography brought the Lomochrome Purple 16mm Motion Picture film to market. Instantly comments popped up in the internet, asking “What is it good for? Plants on it have the wrong colors and people look ill.” Suddenly I remembered the short story “The Colour Out of Space” by H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937). Therein a meteorite hits the ground, poisoning every living being nearby. Vegetation grows large but are foul-tasting, and the people go insane or die one by one. The perfect story for an experimental horror film!

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Develop 9.5mm film in a Lomo Tank

Develop 9.5mm film in a Lomo Tank

It works without any problems: Developing 9.5mm films in a normal Lomo tank. All you need is a washer of 1-2mm thickness. Although the film fits into the spiral even without a washer, it then has no place to “breathe.”

Now, just purchasable 9.5mm film is missing, but probably no one asks about that anymore, anyway …

Ektachrome 100D ab sofort wieder verfügbar

Ektachrome 100D ab sofort wieder verfügbar

Kodak hat die zweite Charge endlich fertig und dieser Tage die Händler beliefert!

Am günstigsten ist der Film wie üblich bei Click&Surr in Berlin zu haben, dort kostet die Kassette “nur” 54,90 € (zzgl. Versandkosten).

Wittner berechnet 59,90 €.

Interessant ist noch das Angebot von super8.nl: Für gut 77,00 € ist der Film dort inklusive Entwicklung zu haben. Hier kommt dann allerdings noch drei mal Auslandsporto hinzu. 

“Sigh, Rushes, Sigh”: Poetry filming on Rügen

“Säv, säv, susa”, these three words have not left my mind, since 2014, when I held a volume of poems by the Swedish poet Gustaf Fröding (1860-1911) in my hands. Klaus-Rüdiger Utschick meticulously translated them into German over the course of decades. At that time I visited him in his Munich apartment to talk about a planned film adaptation of another Fröding poem.

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