I'd highly recommend OnSuper8.org (http://homepage.mac.com/onsuper8/)
as a fantastic resource for all things Super 8, including the stocks
that are currently available and how to get started.

Depending on the kind of stock you want, you can generally get a roll
(50ft, which is about 3.5 minutes at 18 frames per second) for around
$10-12, plus another $15 for processing plus shipping.  You can order
standard stock directly from Kodak.  There are still plenty of labs
that process the film--I recommend Yale in LA for b/w and ektachrome
(http://www.yalefilmandvideo.com/) and Dwayne's in Kansas still
processes Kodachrome if you can get your hands on it

For getting started with Super 8, I'd suggest not spending more than
$30-40 on a camera.  I'd stick with metal, rather than plastic,
cameras--some reliable brands are Bell & Howell, Yashica (my favorite)
and Bolex.  I've gotten fantastic cameras at that price from eBay. 
Also make sure the camera is clean, especially the battery area.  I'd
also avoid too many bells and whistles--more chances for stuff to
break (or have already broken).

If you need more info, feel free to email me offlist: 

I definitely recommend shooting Super 8, if you can get past the cost
and the slight learning curve!


--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> > You'll have better luck finding Super 8 film stock than standard 8mm 
> > or double 8. I haven't priced it in a while, but you'll need both a 
> > place you can buy the film and also a lab to process it. 
> Luckily, it looks like there's good online community for Super 8, mail
> order labs, etc.  I'm seeing websites listing processing costs of maybe
> $20/roll.  I just have to kinda figure out where everything's coming
> and set up a test shoot.
> > Film can be fun, but it's also a bit more complicated and much-much 
> > more expensive than digital video. 
> Yeah...I priced doing 16mm film once and couldn't believe the
expenses that
> indie filmmakers are taking on themselves.  I'd never consider film as a
> digital video replacement.
> At the same time, though, if you're looking into doing a music video
for a
> female singer-songwriter, I can't imagine anything that will impart that
> "forlorn artist girl" feel quite like having some cuts done on something
> like 8mm film.
> Hopefully, it's not too different from working with a Pentax SLR camera,
> just that you don't use it for stills.
> --
> Rhett.
> http://www.weatherlight.com/freetime
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