Entries in Super 8 (6)

Wednesday
Sep152010

Super 8 Surf Film: Nicaragua Reconsidered

Surf film-wise, Spat Out in Glory put the cart before the horse in 10,000 ways.

A catalog of these failures: Drafting the Camera Monkey as cinematographer without prior consultation with said monkey. Going to Nicaragua packing a Super 8 camera without having become acquainted with (practically) any of its functionalities. Going to Nicaragua without appropriate film stocks. Etc., etc., etc.

It's fair to ask whether this project can be redeemed. But first, an update ...

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Thursday
May202010

Surf Film Review: 'Stylemasters 2,' Overthought

With the late 1970s film 'Stylemasters,' Super 8 surf-movie pioneers Greg Weaver and Spyder Wills pushed the format to the limit in terms of photography. 'Stylemasters 2,' filmed in 1980 and 1981, takes Super 8 a step forward in image quality and throws in native sound.

The result is deeper immersion in the culture of the North Shore at the apogee of the single-fin shortboard revolution.

This cinematic time-capsule approach pours honey on the synapses of hard-core surf movie junkies. It probably leaves less obsessive audiences wondering why their surf-geek friends are wiping the dribble off their chins. Video after the jump...

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Wednesday
May122010

Super 8 Surf Cinematography: Last Rincon Reel

Spat Out in Glory burned three reels of Super 8 at Rincon in mid-April: Here's the final installment.

The faults in the footage have been made clear in the first two reels. Ektachrome 64T casting its weirdly bluish tint from lack of proper filtering, mostly. Video after the jump...

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Monday
May032010

Super 8 Surf Cinematography: Reel 2 at Rincon

Next verse/Same as the first/A little bit bluer/And a little bit worse ...

Below find Reel 2 of the Rincon Super 8 surf test shots. This one runs the Beaulieu 4008ZM4 through the paces with a 102mm Canon TV lens. No 85 filter, which of course is necessary to make Ektachrome 64T work in outdoor lighting. ...

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Saturday
May012010

Sasquatch Surf Sighting: Rincon Nose Rides

Spat Out in Glory is claiming its rightful place alongside the Patterson film as the best evidence yet that North American Great Apes walk, and surf, among us.

Sasquatch deniers are reaching for the nitro glycerin pills.

Spat had set up on Rincon Point, south of Santa Barbara, to run some test reels of Ektachrome 64. There was a rustling in the bushes and out of the foliage strolled a southern variant of the N.A.G.A., carrying a 9'6" Yater. Paddled out and took his place at the peak. The wolf pack parted in sure knowledge that the pecking order had been re-arranged.

In the video below, note the Ancient One's light footwork ... no mean feat with size 24 flippers. Nose walks, hang 5's, an attempted twirly. All old school, all fluid, all legit. The wolf pack hooted him into curl after curl. Respect for the N.A.G.A. is not optional. ...

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Wednesday
Apr212010

Surf on Super 8: Air Mats and Body Whomps

The most durable lesson of shooting surf footage during Spat Out in Glory's stay in Nicaragua: It isn't as easy as it looks...

Which is to say two things. One: A 42-year-old body with athletic handicaps takes longer to learn hollow beach breaks than one might think. Two: Film and video are both fickle bitch goddesses who make you pay your dues before they yield perfectly fruited imagery.

Witness the Super 8 footage after the jump. ...

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