Vintage "Super 8" films take over Saskatoon theatre

Saskatoon's annual One Take Super 8 Event encourages filmmakers to try their hand at making movies using obsolete cameras.

Short films created using old home movie equipment

All of the films at the festival were created using only a Super 8 camera. (Getty Images)

In the age of smart phone videos and YouTube, the 25 short films on offer at Saskatoon's "One Take Super 8 Event" harken back to a simpler time. They were entirely with using antique Super 8 cameras.

"For those of a certain age it was the first camera that would allow you to make movies on your own," said event director Alex Rogalski during an interview with CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.

Each filmmaker was provided a single cartridge of Super 8 film and could fill it with whatever kind of movie they imagined. Then, they handed the undeveloped film over to Rogalski for processing.
Alex Rogalski first hatched the idea for the One Take Super 8 festival in 2000. (Josh Lynn/CBC)

 "Nobody gets to look at what they shot ahead of time, the first time they see it is with a full audience in a theatre," said Rogalski.

'Really creative'

Without the ability to edit the final product, Rogalski said  the filmmakers need to map their movie out in advance so they can shoot it in sequence.

"There's a lot of thinking ahead and people do wonderful things when they start planning out their little creative idea ahead of time."

In, 2000 Rogalski founded the One Take Super 8 Event in Regina. Since then, his idea has spread to other cities around North America. Rogalski said even after 16 years, he's still impressed by the work he sees each year.

"I guarantee people will like at least one of the films, it's amazing what people can do, they're really creative."

One Take Super 8 Event happens Wednesday in Saskatoon at the Roxy Theatre, 7:00pm CST

With files from CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning