This is the Guide to Super 8 Filmmaking We've All Been Waiting For

Here's pretty much everything you need to know about Super 8 cameras.

Whether it's for a set piece for a film or just for experimenting, shooting on a Super 8 camera is incredibly fun. However, for those who've never worked with them before, it can be a bit of a challenge to know what all of the little buttons and dials do. Joey Shanks takes some time out of teaching you the art of practical effects to offer you a practical guide to everything that has to do with shooting on Super 8, including what to look for when buying a camera, which film stocks do what, and, of course, a few magic tricks that will help you get the most out of your Super 8 experience.

Shanks offers a lot of great insight into buying and operating a Super 8 camera, but his guide doesn't stop at the basics—which is great, because most resources out there do. Instead he offers tips that can help you become a more advanced Super 8 filmmaker by explaining what pretty much every part of the camera is used for, what different film stocks are good for, and even how to do a cheaper workaround for digitizing your Super 8mm footage.

Essentially, he answers a lot of the questions users have after they've learned the basics, went out and shot some footage, and came back wondering about a bunch of stuff. But, if you're more into reading advanced information about shooting Super 8, you'll want to check out this post we did last year, which walks you through every step from start to finish.

This video was only Part I of Shanks' three-part series, so be sure to head on over to his YouTube channel, Shanks FX, to catch the next episodes.     

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I'd like to see one of these on 16mm and super 16mm. I recently acquired my dad's old Bolex H16 and I'm cleaning it and getting ready to try it out but it's a lot different than digital. I want to make sure I get the best quality footage I can as the film and processing is so expensive. I'm not sure what it is but shooting on film is very appealing for those of us who've never done it. Might just be a novelty thing or, like he says in the video, something not everybody is doing.

August 3, 2016 at 1:49PM

Anton Doiron

I'm going to ride my horse into town and git me a "Super 8"!

August 4, 2016 at 2:56AM

Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker

keep in mind, one roll of (Ektachrome or Kodachrome) 100 Ft. back in the 80's cost about 40 bucks and it's about 3 minutes of film time. I have 2 H16 and an h8 tons of Switars and Cooke's. Loved Bolex, too bad their new digital went bust. So now days it's my bmpcc or old Nikon D600.

August 4, 2016 at 1:22PM


Come on, it's 2000 and fucking 16.

August 5, 2016 at 1:26PM, Edited August 5, 1:26PM

Terma Louis
Photographer / Cinematographer / Editor