Thursday, May 15, 2014

Super 8 Camera App

In 1965 Eastman Kodak developed an 8mm film designed to be an improvement over previous types of films for home movie cameras.  Designated "Super 8" the format and corresponding camera became popular with film makers and is still used today for dramatic effects.

Searching for Sugar Man

Although I was already familiar with the Super 8 camera, I learned today about the Super 8 app.  The director Malik Bendjelloul used both the Super 8 camera and iPhone app to create the Academy-awarding winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man.  The movie is described as "Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez."

Bendjelloul ran out of money during the filming, and decided to use the Super 8 app, which replicated the look and feel of the camera, to finish the film.  At the 2013 Academy Awards, the film won for Best Feature Documentary.

Super 8 Movie

The Super 8 app was developed by Paramount Pictures as a way to promote the movie of the same name, Super 8.  Written and directed by J. J. Abrams, the movie"tells the story of a group of young teenagers who are filming their own Super 8 movie in a small town when a train derails, releasing a dangerous presence into their town" (from Wikipedia). 

Super 8 App

The Super 8 app costs (at the time of this writing) $0.99.  The app has several features including multiple lenses and a variety of sharing options.  My video review is below:

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