Super 8mm film is a motion picture format released in 1965 by Estamn Kodak as an improvement over the older ”double” or regular 8mm home movie format. The film is nominally 8mm wide, the same as the older formatted 8mm film, but the dimensions of the rectangular perforations along one edge are smaller allowing a greater exposed area. The Super 8 standard also allocates the border opposite the perforations for an oxide stripe upon which sound can be magnetically recorded” (taken from Wikipedia).
Each cartridge was 61 m. long and if set at professional standard speed of 24 frames per second, you would get an autonomy of just 2.5 minutes. The film was that reversal kind: no negative to develop, directly transparent and positive as a slide. The moviola editor worked by hand and splicing a Super 8 film was really an hard work. Each time you touched a Super 8 film to work on editing or to screen it, no doubt you would leave your own damage made of scratches or dust. Now, watching at those Super 8 films, scratches and dust give this typical natural vintage taste.
Nowadays we have millions of “You reporters” armed with a smartphone: unlimited filming time, 4k resolution, full color, editing facilities, no damages due to overuse and moreover no bloody expenses as filming and developing a Super 8. Filming in Super 8 could be considered the prehistory of actual “you report” and watching the attached documentary is for me quite moving (perhaps naive).
Today is September 23rd, 2017: I consider this date the 40th anniversary of my professional activity. Forty years ago I was 23 years old and an enthusiast student at the University of Bologna.
On March 11th of the same year the student Francesco Lorusso was shot down in Bologna by the police. This brought to three hard days of urban fight, ending with tanks entering the university district. On September 23rd, 24th and 25th of the same year, more then one hundred thousand students from allover the country moved to Bologna to discuss about this political repression.
Along with a few friends, armed with two Beaulieu Super 8 cameras we filmed what we could, and this is one of the few filmed documents of these extraordinary (for us being part of it) three days of friendship.
Three months later I started my publisher career and I have used my first music productions as the soundtrack of this documentary since musically speaking it sounds very close to the mood pervading such events.
Watch the video! Click Here!