super8 news

A page with the latest gossip, news, techniques and changes in super8 [lab-] land. Here you find news from the years '2015', '2014', '2013', '2012', '2011', '2010', '2009' or the 'news archive'. Last update 30 April 2018.

flame

nitrate video
Every vault from our EYE Film Institute is checked every 2 years. These vaults have a low temperatures and humidity which are important to keep nitrate film in a good condition. The films are manually checked by opening every single film can by a group of volunteers. The films are inspected on both sides for damage like rust or dust in the can, or fungus which is much worse. Nitrate film is a very unstable film type. In case there is damage action is undertaken by the professionals of EYE. Now what happens when you try to burn a piece of safety film (like polyester base) or a piece of nitrate film? The answer is demonstrated in this short video. This test was performed by a professional firefighter. I like to thank Christian and our EYE Film Institute Amsterdam for making this video possible.
(Click the small logo for the Monday group photo).
[30 April 2018].

insta

instagram
After creating a website, start Facebook, a profile on LinkedIn and a Twitter account I also have an Instagram account. You are all welcome to join me.
Click on the logo to go to the new Instagram.
[21 April 2018].

students

welcome students
Before Easter a group of students from the Gerrit Rietveld art academy Amsterdam visited my lab.
Carlijn Fransen (in the red dress) gave them a super8 workshop at school and as a follow up I gave them a crash course in super8 filmmaking and explained them how they can process their own film materials in their darkroom. Safety first of course. We also discussed some camera's and various currently available film stocks. We had a good time and I was happy they were interested in the do-it-yourself approach.
PS If you are a teacher at an art school contact the lab to discus the possibilities for your situation. Students learn a lot from working with analogue film materials.
Click the image for an enlargement.
[17 April 2018].

fuji logo

single8
The last single8 cartridges have now been sold. The 100 Dollar question is now how this lab should continue? Should we offer single8 cartridges again, buy fresh stock in Japan? Our problem is that the single8 cartridges in Japan have become so expensive that we would have to ask a selling price of €70 - €75 for cartridge + processing + reel + sending + 21% taxes. You also end up with only 12 meter of film and not the regular 15 meter. If this lab will get many requests for single8 (get on the list, send me an email, no strings attached) we might order fresh stock again from our friends at Retro Enterprises. But if you know that in the past 6 months the demand for single8 was very low, we don't know how to deal with this situation. There are still single8 cartridges available via Retro Enterprises
in Japan or via Click und Surr in Berlin, Germany. After exposure you can always send the film to Den Haag for development, everybody is welcome.
[29 March 2018].

ekta 7294

kodak explains ektachrome production
In this video Kodak explains the production of Ektachrome 100 colour reversal film. An interesting video with nice footage.
[13 March 2018].

eye oproep

volunteers wanted at eye
Call for volunteers. Spring is coming and so is the check of one of our nitrate vaults. This year we go to Overeveen to check the condition of our beautiful collection. We need a lot of volunteers for this big scale action. And this year it’s a special edition over 9 days instead of 5: we will also barcode the cans and the shelves in the vault. So we will need even more volunteers than usual.
[12 March 2018].

gottfried-camera

gottfried klose
It is a bad start of this year. A week ago my friend and former business partner
Gottfried Klose (75) passed away. He has been ill for a long time.
Gottfried Klose has done a lot for the small format community. It all started with his super8 high precision pressure plate that in many cases improved the stability and sharpness of images. After this he started to fullfill his ultimate dream and that was to make and produce his own super8 cartridges with Fuji Velvia 50D film inside. I was part of this major project in the first years and then in 2009 I decided I wanted to focus my business entirely on the developement of super8 film. Gottfried Klose did succeed in his goal and at this moment if you buy a b/w Adox brand cartridge you should know that Gottfried was the person who made this all possible. Between 2003 and 2008 mister Klose repaired many of the lab's camera's and movie projectors, also for a variety of the lab's customers. Gottfried will be missed (certainly by me) because he was an energetic and enthusiast person who understood how you can make people work together to create something bigger; to preserve super8 as recording medium. We all owe him respect. May he rest in peace in heaven.
Click the image for a extra picture of this great man of the small film format.
[08 February 2018].

2018

2018
I wish everybody a healthy and warm 2018!
A very big thank you to all persons who where in the lab in the past year, and to everyone who send a film for processing.
Click the logo to enlarge.
[01 January 2018].

ekta 7294

first picture new ektachrome
I spotted this image on Twitter(with permission of my friends from Gotham Photochemical) that shows the new super8 ektachrome type 7294 colour reversal film that we are all waiting for. This new product isn't for sale at Kodak but it is a good sign that there is a test example to show to the public. Now there is nothing more we can do than simply wait again for what's coming :-)
Click on the image for a large version and then you can see the new Kodak number '7294' for the first time.
[08 December 2017].

kodak

kodak camera 2018
Kodak released an update on the new super8 camera: `It will be released somewhere in 2018 and the sales prices is between $2500 en $3000`. On the Facebook page of this lab people comment that this is way too much money for a super8 camera. And I must admit I agree on this point of view. I understand that is takes a lot of effort and energy to produce a new camera. Kodak will have a hard time because they are going to combine old and modern techniques into this super8 cam. But to ask so much money is a pitty because there are a lot of cheaper camera's out there that do a fine job. The miss the LCD viewfinder and the USB flash audio recording but then again it save about 40 cartrdiges of un-exposed film . Click the image for an enlargement.
[04 December 2017].

zwartjes

frans zwartjes
One of Netherlands most influencial film makers has passed away at the age og 90 years (click photo).
Here you can read an interesting article about him.
[21 November 2017].

fuji 100

fuji splicing tape
The lab has a few rolls left from this fuji 100 splicing tape. These will only fit on Fujica splicers. Grab this chance. For only Euro 15/each roll including standard sending within the EU (including 21% VAT, excl 5% PayPal). Click on the image to see a large version.
[21 November 2017].

baldini

meeting nicola baldini from film ferrania
During the symposium I had a chance to speak with Nicola Baldini from Film Ferrania a few times. He is a very kind man and is very enthusiastic about experimental filmmakers and artists. Did you know mister Baldini is a filmmaker himself? So the most important question I had was about the return of colour reversal film (I participated in the kickstarter project). The answer was that `it is going to take more time`. Who knows how long? Anyway we simply wish Film Ferrania good luck and it was definitly a pleasure to meet him in person. Click on the image to see a large version of the two of us in Berlin.
[18 November 2017].

pdf

film in the present tense
Today starts in Berlin an international symposium about the current situation and the future of film. Does film still have a place our world that becomes more and more digital orientated only. In three day`s time a variety of interesting speakers and people from the practice share their ideas and know-how. I look forward to this and I am here as public to witness it all. A cool long weekend Berlin :-).
Please read this extended PDF file with all ins and out.
[20 October 2017].

interview

interview
I gave a short interview to Stichting Amateurfilm. This foundation has an aim to create interest for amateur film in past, present and tense. Many thanks to Ronald and Hans who made this video. There are English subtitles.
[05 October 2017].

pdf

summer vacation 2017
This years summer vacation starts on Saturday 19th August and ends on Sunday 10th September. Make sure your packages arrive before or after these dates as there will be nobody to collect them. I use this oppertunity to tell you that the turn-around times for film processing will increase due to the fact I receive many assignments, and you know I work alone.

[08 August 2017].

pdf

pdf film processing form
There are some visitors from this website that are unable to download the film processing order form via this link. In 99% of the cases the problem is caused by the settings of the browser that is b
eing used. Don`t use plug-ins as Ghostery and AdBlocker, switch them off. Delete all cookies from the memory of the browser and sometimes it then also helps to restart the computer. It is not that the url isn`t working or is wrong. The url works on all computer platforms. If you still have trouble you can always use this download link.
[27 May 2017].

webportal

super8 web portal kickstarter
I guess you know him: Jurgen Lossau. The man behind magazine Schmalfilm and later Small Format.
Well that was then and this is now. So Jurgen came up with the idea to start a website that is based on a subscribtion. That website is like the magazine`s he used to make but much more expanded, and very important up to date. You could support this idea and fund the kickstarter project he created. You can at least take a simple 1 year subscription to see if you like it, why not? Doesn`t hurt you. Let`s all start something new together. Click the image to see more pictures.
[08 April 2017].

liefde

de liefde voor celluloid
Thursday 2 March 2017
Open from 19.30 hours, show starts at 20.30 hours
Entrance € 5,00
Hoge Zand 42, Den Haag centre
Hotel Forum by Arianne Olthaar, Julien Doigny is showing Basja underground shot on super8. Work by Fernando Pessoa and Lichun Tseng with her recent 35mm The captured light of an instant, and Jérome Schlomoff made a film with a pinhole camera. Enjoy Le macaour by Roman Ermolaev and we screen Bernardo Zanotta’s beautifull Quintal. Celluloid avant la lettre in Audition by Esther Urlus or see a cheerful dadaïstic Haar borsten popten als puisten which was made by Carlijn Fransen, who also signed for De eenzame eenheid. A true jewel will be Elegie from Julia Kaiser and we show her melodrama Afscheid van Han.
What have these films in common? Well they are all captured on analogue (8, 16, 35mm) celluloid film. That hasn’t anything to do with nostalgia. This episode of Te gast bij Ruimtevaart, was programmed by Super B and guest programmer Frank Bruinsma with thanks to Anna Abrahams and Nico Bunnik. Click on the image to view the invitation.
[28 February 2017].

film ferrania

film ferrania black/white
With this video Film Ferrania from Italy introduces their first product; a black/white negative still film. How fantastic is that? This filmstock will only be available in still film formats, but that doesn`t matter. They show they can make emulsion and now it is only a few steps away from making our colour reversal film for super8. On their website it says that in June/July 2017 we will get the so desired colour reversal film. I can`t wait!
[04 February 2017].

Studio één

studio één dvd release party
Saturday January 28th you are welcome to visit the official Studio Eén DVD release party. It starts at 18.00 hours in KINO cinema in Rotterdam until 20.00 hours. Many film makers who worked at Studio Eén will be present, including myself, so we hope to meet you there. For those who can't make it you can order the dvd here. Click on the image for a few images.
[28 January 2017].

hand

de hand
In 1993 I made a short 3 minute film on the super8 format with the title `the hand`. Now after 23 years this short film will be screened in a compilation programm called `borderless` at the famous International Film Festival Rotterdam, also known as IFFR, on 28th January 2017. It is a true honor that my short film will be screened there and it is by coincidence that it came that far. If you want you can order tickets for the programm that starts at 15.30 hours in KINO cinema in Rotterdam.
With thanks to Karel Doing and Pip Chodorov. Click the small thumbnail for a larger still of `the hand`.
[25 January 2017].

kodakery

kodakery
If you give yourself about half an hour to listen to this podcast by Kodak you learn a lot. It is the story `from nothing to the actual production`. Kodak`s own super8 people that were closely involved by the production tell their story. The podcast gives a good idea how Kodak is thinking. Click on the logo for the podcast at soundcloud.
[16 January 2017].

kodak

informative kodak camera preview
This short video shows the new super8 Kodak camera that will be released soon. I read that the first `limited edition` camera series will cost $2000 and there will be only 2000 camera`s available. I guess that is one way to make super8 for the rich and famous people only. Kodak says they will release a cheaper model later.
[15 January 2017].

kodak

kodak returns with ektachrome 100D
What a great way to start 2017 people. Via this kodak press release they let us know that by the end of this year we can shoot on their famous Ektachrome 100D colour reversal stock again. The last production of Ektachrome took place in 2012. It will be released in the super8 format. Kodak says that they do this because of customer demand, there's a large request for high quality colour rerversal film and that's why they bring it back. It's a gift for all super8 film makers around the world that we can expose this great colour reversal film. I call it 'super8 filming the way it is supposed to be.' After you get the film back from the lab you can screen it with a movie projector on your wall. Simply wonderfull. Click the logo for a larger version.
[06 January 2017].

2017

2017
I wish everyone a healthy and warm 2017!
Thanks to everyone who visited the lab in 2016!
Click the image for larger photo.
[01 January 2017].

kodak

kodak camera test 2
You can clearly see that this second result is a large improvement above the first one. In shows the quality of the camera that`s being released in spring 2017 far better.
[30 December 2016].

kodak

kodak camera test 1
You might already know that Kodak is going to introduce a new super8 camera with a video assist and audio recording options. This video shows the camera`s first results. Let me remember you that the images were shot on Kodak Vision colour negative super8 film and after processing they were scanned to this digital file.

There are many opinions about this first release and you can read interesting ones on this Facebook-group page.
[30 December 2016].

super8-lab winter break
I'm on a short break because of Christmas and New Year between 23rd December 2016 and 3nd January 2017. I wish to thank all who visited the S8RL in the past year, many many thanks! Don`t stop shooting super8.
[22 December 2016].
Studio één

studio één
In 1990, as a student, Karel Doing decided to create Studio één. Many artistic, avant-garde, underground movements and counterculture movements seemed to be over. The rise of video and its academic use began to compete with Super8. To work against the decline of the Super 8 format and techniques, Karel Doing and two of his friends (Saskia Fransen and Djana Mileta) from the art school in Arnham, started to think about creating a new space and promoting the invention of DIY techniques for filming and processing Super8 films.
This dvd release (with written interviews with the filmmakers) shows films that were created with or in co-operation with foundation Studio één in the 90's. This compilation dvd gives a perfect overview of the experimental (analogue) film culture in the Netherlands at the end of the 20th century. I personally cherish this period because I learned a lot from, and later on also contributed to, Studio één. This super8 laboratory wouldn't have existed if it wasn't for Studio één so you understand my enthusiasm. There are two of my short films on this dvd, so you can get an idea what kind of films I made ;-). For those who wish to order this dvd can order it here. Click on the image for a few images.
[26 October 2016].

kodak

kodak super8 camera
Originally Kodak planned to introduce a new super8 motion picture camera in 2016. But the Photokina in Cologne has started, and that was the perfect moment to do it, but they didn`t. So my guess is that this new super8 camera will not see daylight this year ;-). If there`s news on the release I will write it on this page. Click on this link to read the full press-release. And click on the logo for a larger image by Kodak.
[21 September 2016].

coldplay

coldplay
Mega band Coldplay used super8 colour negative film for their latest music video `A Head Full Of Dreams` that you can view here on the right.
[09 September 2016].

go to pdf state of art
Now this really an interesting paper, read it if you want to learn who`s involved in experimental film making. Read how the professional film industry came in the hands of artists. The paper is about 40 pages so you do need some time.
[10 July 2016].
super8-lab added 8-16mm page
I've added a page with films I sell in the double8, 16mm and doublesuper8 format. Go here to view all double8, 16mm and DS8 films we offer with processing. Scroll down the page to see them all...
[21 May 2016].
super8-lab download page
The download page can only be reached via this link, or via the sitemap. You can download technical data sheets and articles about the S8RL that we published in several media in the past.
[21 May 2016].
super8-lab added fomapan films
I've update the sale page and added Fomapan R100 in double8 and 16mm formats. Go here to view all 8/16 films we offer with processing. Scroll down the page to see all 8/16 films...
[14 May 2016].
film layers

what is film itself?
More and more people that use super8 in this century know less and less about film itself (a transparent base with a light sensitive emulsion) and how this works. What are perforations, 8mm and super8, sound, what are layers of film, what is aspect ratio? This less than 6 minutes video explains a lot on the basics and is actually a must see video for every film maker.
[02 May 2016].

super8-lab removed workshops
All information about super8 workshop that were offered is now removed from the website. I do not have the time anymore and I am very sorry.
[01 May 2016].
super8-lab which emulsion to choose
The lab receives this question on a daily base: `What film should I use?` and our answer will be: `That is a personal and technical choice you have to make.` First check your camera manual to learn what film types it can automatically expose. If you don`t have a manual search for one on the www. This info will limit your options. Secondly choose between black/white or colour films. And do you want a reversal film for projection or do you need a digital file anyway? This leaves you with a few options. Now how will your film look after exposure and processing (and maybe scanning)? The only good way to learn the characters of all emulsions is to use them all at least once. I know this is an expensive road but understand what film makes so beautiful compared to digital files: every film emulsion and light situation gives you unique images!
[25 April 2016].
filmrescue turn-around time for expired films
All expired/outdated still and motion films are treated under Film Rescue Europe. Expired films are developed in batches and the first cycle cutoff date is:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Our goal is to have your order complete and ready to ship 10-16 weeks after that date. This is not a guarantee but in the vast majority of cases it can be relied upon. Please do not wait to send your films until just before the cycle start date. Having orders early allows us to prepare for the cycle early and begin processing sooner. Use this order form for your expired film. Thanks.
[24 April 2016].
Alchemist

learn how chemistry works
The documentary 'The Alchemist in Hollywood' shows step by step how chemistry works when films are being developed. It is kind of geek-talk but still very nice and clear to understand. It runs for 30 minutes so you need some time.
[09 April 2016].

color in film

10 best film colour systems
On March 2 and 3 the British Film Institute (BFI) will organize an international conference `colour in film; the 10 best film colour systems`. It is about what makes old colour system that we not perfect so beautifull, and answers questions like how can you see the difference between a Technicolor and Kodachrome film? Very special and extraordinary and because I really want to know/learn more about this subject I will personally visit this BFI conference. Click on the image for the BFI website and register!
[20 February 2016].

AllYouNeedIsMe

all you need is me
The documentary 'All You Need is Me' by Wim van der Aar will be shown in movie theaters from February 25th 2016. It tells the extraordinary story of Dutch artist Aad Donker. During the early 90's the critically acclaimed and highly talented artist/painter Aad Donker makes name as upcoming artist together with his brothers Gijs and Justus. As part of the controversial collective After Nature Dark the brothers quickly get a foothold in New York. As Gijs and Justus returned to the Netherlands, Aad remains in New York with his great love Amy. When Amy and Aad split up, it quickly goes downhill with Aad. Delusions and fears dominate him and he loses his grip on reality. At the age of 31 Aad commits suicide. Filmmaker Wim van der Aar (de Van Waveren Tapes) takes the viewer on a journey through Leiden, Amsterdam, New York and Suriname, with unique archival footage is interspersed with interviews with his brothers, Amy and After Nature founder Peter Klashorst.
Film Rescue International and Super8 Reversal Lab have developed several cartridges super8 Kodachrome, Ektachrome 160 and Tri-X that were used for this documentary.
[16 February 2016].

drape

dråpe - round and around music video
Evan Hafnor made this gorgeous music video on super8 colour negative stock. I developed the original footage and the scanning was done by Haghefilm-Digitaal to a 1080p logfile. The colours are choosen deliberately this way. It is a nice example what you can do with today`s super8 films, I was happy to be a small part of this.
[05 February 2016].

filmshooting forum

media coverage
There is a fantastic page added to the filmshooting forum that sums up all the media that covered the Kodak super8 camera introduction. I say the camera is already legendary before someone could even shoot one movie with it :-). What a fantastic PR, unreal.
[10 January 2016].

kodak

kodak speaks
In this video Kodak speaks about super8 film for the first time in public in many years. And Kodak share their thoughts for the future of their new camera. This is in many ways remarkable and definitly a good sign for everyone who makes films. This first Kodak super8 camera since 1982 has digital sounds and a 3.5" display (not an optical viewfinder), it holds the super8 cartridge as we know it and will be release in the Fall of this year. The following production (sold in 2017?) camera will have a price tag between $400 and $750.
There is a lot of attention for the product and if you use google and search for Kodak+CES+camera+Super8 you get many results. Too many to add them here but definitly click on this link to view the technical specifications of the camera first.
[08 January 2016].

kodak

kodak super8 camera
Unbelievable but so true, Kodak will introduce a new super8 motion picture camera in 2016. Click on this link to read the full press-release. And click on the logo for a larger image by Kodak.
[06 January 2016].

2016

2016
I wish everyone a healthy and calm New Year!
Thanks to everyone who has made a film on super8 in the past years, and please (everyone!) continue to do so. Super8 is here to stay for the coming 50 years, but the only way we can achive this is to keep shooting our work on film, and not only to talk about it.
We might see a new film emulsion by Italian company Film Ferrania in 2016, and maybe there are more surprises to come :-). Keep an eye on this page or follow the facebook/twitter account from this lab to stay tuned. Click the image for larger photo.
[05 January 2016].

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