Super 8 cameras ended up in the attic when the first geeks weren’t even able to count on the fingers of their hand. Killed by modern cameras in the 80s, the most popular ‘60s and ‘70s video technology is back.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Kodak presented a new Super 8 combining digital technologies and analogue features. The project was developed in collaboration with designer Yves Behar founder of Fuseproject.
“Kodak has always represented innovation that is approachable while delivering the craft of filmmaking. We are designing the Kodak Super 8 camera with robust materials and new ergonomic features to serve the needs of the fans, whether shooting action or static scenes” said Yves Béhar.
The case is mostly made of in metal and comes in black and white with coloured details. One side opens up to host the 8 mm film cassette, the other side flips open to show a digital viewfinder. The camera is available in more rounded version as well.
The new design features a removalbe integrated microphone on the top, cable connection points and an SD slot. Leather accents have been added into the top handle and pistol grip for reinforced comfort.
Beside the design, Kodak developed also a print & deliver service that to responds via e-mail to consumers sending their movies’ digital files.
Kodak that was reborn after a bankrupt in 2012, launched the first Super 8 in 1965 during New York Expo. After 50 years, the brand will put into the hands of a new generation of filmmakers a new camera. The new launch was acclaimed by major filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams who are so fond of the analogue “warmth” of 35mm film that even convinced Hollywood majors to support its production to save the physical material used for making the history of Cinema.
“I am very excited that the next generation of filmmakers will have access to an upgraded and enhanced version of the same analog technology that first made me fall in love with cinematic storytelling” said Christopher Nolan who directed The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and Inception.
“While any technology that allows for visual storytelling must be embraced, nothing beats film” said JJ Abrams, writer and director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The fact that Kodak is giving a new generation of filmmakers the opportunity to shoot on Super 8 is truly an incredible gift” commented Quentin Tarantino who said also that the magic of movies is in the film as opposed to digital technologies – Watch video.
Photos: courtesy of Kodak.