There are moments in life that are so beautiful and special that they demand preservation. We want the stories of our films to be driven by emotional moments rather than perfect reality of the day. Digital video tends to show exactly what happened, what people said and how everything looked. With Super 8, the quality of film creates an instant transcendence of time that brings joy whenever it is viewed.
When used today, there is a sense of nostalgia with Super 8 that harkens back to those classic first days of home movies. Today, with our iPhones or Flip cameras at our sides at all times, we have no discernment for which life-events deserve special documentation. When we are able to capture endless footage, we end up overshooting our lives. This leads to the truly special moments of life getting mixed in with the mundane. Even worse, the special moments are never presented in a final format.
In our minds, Super 8 is the perfect antidote to this problem. Not only does the medium evoke feelings of nostalgia (i.e. The Wonder Years) but it’s presented in such a way that it is worth revering. Our aim is to “shoot like the uncle.” It is that mindset that allows us to build a relationship with our subjects and provide comfort. Also, it drives us to get in close to the action and capture great moments that can’t be filmed from a distance. At the end of the day, we hope the film feels like it was created by someone who knows you well.