This week, I’m going to research about different cameras that are used in filmmaking, and films. I’m also going to research about vintage film cameras that are being used right now, and how you can use all different kinds of formats of cameras, but for this specific research it’s going to be about the uses of old cameras in the 21st century and which films they’ve been featured in.

Through-out filmmaking, filmmakers have used different camera formats to create iconic scenes. Filmmaking originally started by using film rolls and black & white footage, however since technology has developed through the timeline of filmmaking. Camera’s change all the time, and new versions are being released into the creative industries.

For most of my research it is going to be secondary research, but I do own the formats of the camera’s I’m researching about so, that will be a part of my primary research of old formated film cameras.

Super 8 (8mm film) (1965-70s)

The super 8 was originally invented in 1965, when they first got manufactured when Kodak introduced this camera for anyone to use, and for amateur filmmakers who wanted to start filming easily.”director of La Noche Buena and DP for Welcome to Pine Hill, breaks down the entire process in 7 steps” :

  • Camera (depending where you buy it from £15-120)
  • Film Roll (£26-42)
  • Developing (£6-100)
  • Telecine (£100)

How do the 8mm super 8 camera’s work?

Super 8 camera’s work the same as if you were going to use a 35mm without winding it through because you just slot into the camera the film you want to use since there are various choices of 8mm film for super 8s. If you are a modern filmmaker intrigued by old films, and any thing vintage here’s how you can test your super 8 if you have one.

To test your camera you need:

  • A super 8mm cine film camera
  • Yourself
  • 4 AA batteries

To test a super 8 you can make sure that the zoom and focus is working, and where ever you brought it from make sure it’s a reasonable price, as well as functioning before splurging your money on a super 8 that doesn’t work. Once you have your camera, play around with it since it’s very old and probably needs to feel alive again.

Once the batteries have been put into your camera, push the button that is meant for recording silent film even if the camera doesn’t have any film in it. If it makes a little rolling noise that’s when you know that it is working.

Primary research: 

For my primary research, I went to my camera collection and found both of my super 8 camera’s and followed what Ray Roberts mentioned on his Super 8 101 video which taught me how to test both of my cameras. Here’s what I did:

From what I learnt, my primary research was to see if my camera’s were functional for my own independent filmmaking, so I tested them both and they are working perfectly. The one thing that was missing for my primary research was if I was able to see if it would film but since I don’t have any film; I wasn’t able to carry out that research.

What films have super 8’s been used in?


VHS Camera (80/90s circa) 

Background on when VHS cam recording started?

How is VHS filmmaking coming back?

How much does it cost to get a camera?



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