Shooting with Different Mediums
Within filmmaking, I've found tons of enjoyment with experimenting with different mediums. Maybe it's film or Hi8 and VHS. These mediums create a feeling of nostalgia, and they're fun to experiment, whether it's just for personal projects or even commercial projects, I'm experimenting with new mediums all the time. Here, I have a Hi8 camera. This would be similar to something your parents would've shot a family vacation on. For me, I mostly use it just to document my life. People usually act natural in front of it, and I can just treat it like a journal for my life. It's really fun to create on. And I would recommend you hunting one down. Here I have a Super 8 camera. Shooting on Super 8 can be a little bit daunting to some people, but it's actually very, very easy. I bought this Canon 514XL on eBay for $200. It was tested and guaranteed to work. From there, you just buy a Super 8 cartridge of film, slap it in, and you're good to go. The settings on these are pretty...
much automatic. Next we have a 16 millimeter camera. This is a little bit more on the professional side of things, but essentially it's just a larger Super 8 camera where the film is just a little bit larger. The film comes on a daylight spool, and you can load it just in a dark area. Usually it's very easy to load, but it depends on the camera. Shooting on film can be very expensive, but it forces you to be intentional with what you're shooting. You really have to think about it 'cause it's gonna cost you money. When I shoot on film, I send it to a lab in Toronto called Niagara Custom Labs. They make the process very easy. They develop it, and scan it, and ship it all back to me. If you're interested in creating a feeling of nostalgia, using different mediums can be a super awesome tool to do that. There are ways that we can make our digital footage look like film, but nothing can really replicate the real thing.