More Than Just Different
It seems as though in the wedding industry these days, the focus is on differentiating yourself in any way possible. Anything to stand out from the competition. Of course, being unique has its merits, but making choices solely for the sake of being different is not necessarily a recipe for success or satisfaction. Super 8 wedding films are not about differentiation for differentiation's sake. This style has been around for decades, and for those who truly love the look and feel of Super 8, its appeal goes much deeper than simply novelty. There is a dreamy, nostalgic quality to Super 8 footage that creates an atmosphere unlike any other. For those who connect with the richness and romanticism inherent in the Super 8 aesthetic, no other format can compare. So while shooting your wedding day on Super 8 film may seem like a new and trendy concept to many people today, for those who are drawn to its classic beauty, Super 8 has always been and will continue to be the ultimate medium for capturing lifelong memories. This style isn't just about standing out - it's about being true to yourself and embracing a cinematic look that is truly timeless.
History of Super 8
Super 8 has its origins in the 1960s when Kodak engineer David H. Attwood and research group led by Charles J. Staiger developed a new 8mm film format. They aimed to create a motion picture format that was affordable and accessible to amateurs and home movie enthusiasts, in addition to being easy to use.
The new Super 8 format used a simplified film cartridge that easily loaded into the camera and allowed filming right out of the box. Kodak introduced the first Super 8 cameras and film in 1965. The cameras were lightweight, portable, and consumer-friendly.
Super 8 quickly caught on with the public, especially families and hobbyist filmmakers who welcomed the ease of use and inexpensive film. Super 8 became hugely popular for home movies throughout the 1960s and 1970s. By 1973, 17 million Super 8 cameras had been sold and film sales reached an estimated 750 million cartridges per year.
The format allowed anyone to capture memories, milestones, and everyday moments on film without professional equipment or training. Even as video cameras emerged, Super 8 retained a loyal following drawn to its nostalgic aesthetic. Today Super 8 continues to have devoted fans across generations who value its unique retro feel.
Aesthetic Appeal That Connects
Super 8 film captures a dreamy, vintage aesthetic that feels romantic and timeless. The softened colors and light leakage create an ethereal glow, transporting viewers to another era. Unlike crisp high definition video, Super 8 has a painterly quality, with diffused highlights rolling into shadows. You can almost hear the vinyl crackling as the nostalgic scenes play out. It's this transportive atmosphere that evokes meaningful connections and emotins.
Audiences yearn for authenticity in a sea of high tech polish. Super 8 delivers raw sincerity. The cozy filter makes faces glow, minimizes imperfections, and emphasizes real moments between lovers, friends, and family. Free of digital sterility, Super 8 has an organic intimacy. Its imperfection is its charm. There is a treasured memory-like quality, as if finding an old photo album filled with almost-forgotten moments of joy. For camera shy couples, Super 8 can be a gift, putting guests at ease and bringing out people's natural radiance. Whatever the occasion, Super 8renders it timeless beauty.
Good for Camera Shy
The non-intrusive nature of Super 8 film is perfect for couples or wedding guests who are camera shy. The small, quiet cameras don't call attention to themselves like bulky, modern digital cameras often do.
Super 8 film also creates a softened, dreamlike effect. The lower resolution makes images less crisp and detailed. For camera shy subjects, this can help them feel more comfortable and relaxed. They don't have to worry about every facial expression or minor imperfection being captured in full high-definition detail.
The vintage look of Super 8 further removes self-consciousness. It adds a layer of nostalgic charm, transporting subjects back to an earlier time period. This can allow them to loosen up and be themselves without feeling like they are under harsh scrutiny of a modern digital lens.
Overall, the non-intrusive qualities of Super 8 film provide a more relaxed, gentle capturing of special wedding moments. This allows even the most camera shy couples and guests to enjoy their natural selves on film.
Not for Everyone
Super 8 wedding films have a certain nostalgic and vintage aesthetic that appeals to those looking for something different and unique. While this style isn't mainstream, there's no denying it produces a truly distinctive look that stands out from typical digital wedding videos.
The dreamy, softened colors and grainy texture create an intimate, romantic vibe that simply can't be replicated with modern equipment. For some, this imperfect retro style brings feelings of wistfulness and transports them back to simpler times. The vintage 8mm footage evokes classic old Hollywood glamor.
While Super 8 isn't for every couple, the final films are widely loved and appreciated by wedding guests and others who view them. The old-timey look brings out emotions and tugs on heartstrings. Even those who normally prefer slick, high-quality videos are often swayed by thenostalgic charm of Super 8 wedding films.
Though niche, Super 8 captures a mood and feeling that no other format can. For couples who want something to stand out and be remembered for generations, Super 8 is an excellent option. The uniqueness and character of Super 8 films allow them to truly be treasured artifacts.
The Process - From Camera to Film
When you book us to film your wedding day, we show up with our traditional Super 8 cameras and film cartridges ready to go. We capture all the key moments of your wedding ceremony and reception using our classic cameras.
After your wedding wraps up, the real magic starts. We develop the actual film footage by hand in our lab. This hands-on process allows us to carefully control the look and feel of your wedding video. We then digitally scan the processed film so we can edit and finalize your wedding film.
Our editing style for Super 8 wedding films is focused on enhancing the dreamy, romantic quality of the footage. We don't use excessive editing techniques that would take away from the softened vintage aesthetic. The final result is a beautifully rich Super 8 film that flawlessly captures your special day. From filming to finishing, we take great pride in crafting wedding videos that reflect the timeless essence of Super 8 in a modern way.
The Timeless, Beautiful Final Film
Once we've captured all the special moments of your wedding day on our Super 8 cameras, we bring the vintage reels back to our studio for processing. After the film is developed, we digitize and scan the footage to preserve the classic Super 8 look before editing it all together into your wedding video masterpiece.
The end result is a rich, dreamy, romantic film that looks like it came straight out of decades past. The softened colors, light leaks, and grainy texture create an aesthetic that feels timeless yet nostalgic at the same time. Your Super 8 wedding film will evoke all the vintage vibes without looking dated or cheesy.
Unlike the crisp footage of modern digital videos, the Super 8 look lends a certain moodiness and ethereal beauty. The colors are warmer, the people and moments gently blurred, as if you're recalling a beloved memory from long ago. It's an effect that simply can't be replicated with digital filming and editing techniques. Your Super 8 wedding video will be a priceless heirloom, a time capsule that flawlessly captures the romance and emotion of your big day.
Why It's Worth It
There are many reasons why having your wedding filmed on Super 8 is worth the extra effort and cost compared to digital video. Most importantly, it captures your special day in a truly unique and magical way that digital simply can't replicate.
The vintage aesthetic of Super 8 film evokes feelings of nostalgia and timelessness. Your wedding video will have a classic, romantic style that feels like it was lifted from a beautiful dream. The colors are richer, the motion is dreamier, and the effect is softened in an elegant way. Your wedding footage will look like a treasured memory passed down through generations, not a digital video that could have been recorded yesterday.
Super 8 perfectly encapsulates the romance and emotion of your wedding day. The medium lends itself to telling the story of you and your partner, emphasizing your love and connection in a subtle, artistic fashion. It's the perfect complement to the fairytale nature of weddings, adding a layer of dreamlike beauty.
When you look back at your Super 8 wedding video in the years to come, you'll be so glad you went with this unique vintage option over plain digital filming. The memories will feel even more special, evoking nostalgia for the most important day of your lives. It's absolutely worth the extra effort for something you'll treasure forever.
Super 8 films are a timeless and unique way to capture your wedding day. As we've discussed, Super 8 has a storied history and creates a dreamy, vintage aesthetic that is perfect for romantic weddings. The softer, grainier footage is also ideal if you or your guests are camera shy.
While shooting on Super 8mm film isn't for everyone, the final edited videos are cinematic works of art that capture the emotions and memories of your big day in a way that no other digital film can. From the initial filming with vintage Super 8 cameras, to the hands-on processing and scanning of the film, to the final editing, a Super 8 wedding video is a true labor of love.
If you're looking for a wedding film that is personal, emotional, and unlike anything else, reach out to us today. We'd love to bring the Super 8 experience to your wedding and work with you to create a timeless heirloom you'll cherish for decades to come.