Super 8: Postproduksjon

Editing your story is done by the same principles no matter what format you shoot it in, but the process from the camera to your editing program is slightly longer when shooting with Super8 film.

When you have shot your Super 8mm film, you´ll need to get it processed at a lab. You may actually have to send it abroad to get this done. Note that when you buy the film, the processing may be included in the price.

Editing your film
When you get the film back from the lab, you might want to do some editing. There are different ways of doing this. You can either do it the ”old way”, by cutting and splicing the film physically with a splicer, or you can do a telecine so you can edit your film digitally.

Telecine
Telecine is a transfer from film to a digital format. You can get your film on any digital format you want (dv, harddisk, dvd, cd-rom, etc.). After the telecine you can import your film and edit it in your digital editing program.

Splicing - the old way
There are two different types of splicers, the tape one and the cement one. There are pros and cons for both types. As for the splicers using tape, the cons are that they will eventually stretch and distort up to four or more frames of your movie. The pros, meanwhile, are that they are very easy to use and that no frame is lost when splicing. The best alternative is cement splicing, which doesn´t stretch and lasts more and less forever.

When using the splicer, you cannot go by trial and error as you can in an editing program on the computer, and therefore it is very important to think your story through and maybe even do a paper edit before you start making cuts.

No matter how you decide to edit your film, it is always a good idea to be clear on what you want to tell and show in your film before you start the editing process.

Links:
pro8mm - buy film, process film, scan film
More about film splicing on Wikipedia
More about Telecine on Wikipedia
Telecine in Norway at Smalfilm.no

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