Hey Readers, I thought you photographers out there would like this post as much as I did:
The idea of shooting more super 8 film has recently sprung into mind and so I’ve found myself checking these old cameras out online. There seem to be three genres of super 8 or 8mm cameras:
While I’ve read some of Alan Moore’s classic comic book work (i.e. Swamp Thing and Watchmen), I’ve never heard him speak. But recently I thought, ‘what the heck, he may be interesting?’ and I watched “The Mindscape of Alan Moore”. I came away inspired!
I just stumbled on a great blog post from professional New York freelance photographer James Maher. He’s got a list of 14 tips of how to be a successful freelance photographer, and I have to say his advice rings true.
One of the main reasons I started this blog was Austin Kleon’s book “Show Your Work!”. I found it at Spoonbill & Sugartown Books in Williamsburg. Come to think of it, they have one of the most dour sales staff in New York City, but their books and printed matter are always interesting, so hey!
Anyway, the book was fantastic and encouraged me to maintain a blog, no matter what! That it was expected I wouldn’t have any readers and to use it as an online workbook. I was psyched.
Recently, I saw the book’s older brother “Steal Like An Artist” at Housing Works Thrift Shops in Park Slope. So I snapped it up, and found it even better than his second book.
God it gets confusing when you read books out of chronological published order.
Anyway, I highly recommend Austin’s book “Steal Like An Artist“. It’s about how to inject influence into the creation of your art. And it’s not just about stealing. I’m going to explore some of his advice about how to write in a more “analog” way before approaching the computer. Terrific!
Check it out, you won’t regret it!
PS I wasn’t paid/sponsored to write this review, I just thought it was a good book.
After reading this article on the bbc.com on shooting celluloid film, and in particular 8mm film, I went fishing. Look at the great links I caught:
An awesome organization based in Brooklyn, teaching celluloid filmmaking:
And here’s a list of 8mm film resources in New York City:
That got me thinking about what it costs to shoot 8mm film in New York City. I think these guys may have the best pricing around. They also sell cameras and film. I’ll have to stop by their showroom:
And this is a place in LA that’s all about 8mm film/cameras/education:
I worked hard this week to submit a treatment I’m pitching to a band; It’s a music video for one of their songs. And I learned some cool stuff in the process, using the link below as reference.
Putting it together was fun, since I used photos to lay out the mood of the entire video. Basically, the photos are like a storyboard, which is helpful since I wouldn’t be able to draw that much detail! After I found the photos, I wrote the story out. I wrote the story around the photos, which were paired with each standza of the lyrics. It was a fun process, and I’m definitely going to use the technique again for the next music video treatment I submit!
– The Wandering Humorist