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#1 Mark

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:02 PM

Hi, I worked on the production for the feature film "Confessions of a Gangsta" The director Collin Camino was picked as one of the best new filmmakers in New York.This film was shot mainly on Super 8,the last 45
minutes are all Super 8. We also used 35mm and
minidv. The 35 mm parts were only about 15
minutes of the film and the rest was minidv. All
the pictures on the Emptytomb Cinema website is
from the actually movie and is all Super
8mm! The Super 8 was incredible, at times we
shot in almost no light and received beautiful
images from the Canon 814. The footage was
transfered to digibeta then minidv. To the
surprise of all,we were picked up for worldwide
distribution,received an advance,and the film is
now available at all Hollywood video stores, Blockbuster online
video,Netflix,Amazon.com...and many more big
sites. It is an incredible victory for Super 8,
I have included the links below,You are free to
share this information with all.
1.Film website site with Super 8 photos:

freewebs.com/emptytombcinema

.http://www.prwebphotowire.com/releases/imid301.htm

3.www.emediawire.com/releases/2006/5/prweb385295.php

http://www.hollywood...e...&MID=142616
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#2 Ryan Ball

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:18 PM

That's awesome! It's great to see Super 8 used for low budget features when so many filmmakers are shooting DV because they think it's easier. Shooting on film really boosts your chances of getting distribution. I'm sure this film really stood out among all the crappy-looking DV movies the distributor has to wade through on a regular basis.

This is certainly an inspriation story for those of us toying with the idea of making a Super 8 feature.
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Posted 22 November 2006 - 11:37 AM

Hi, Thanks for the reply,Using Super 8 did make us stand out from the other films submitted for distribution,we were 1 of 2 films selected that month out of 150 film submitted(in 1 month)for distribution and we received a nice advance. The acquistion buyer who is European(which helped,more opened to a non- hollywood look) loved the look of the film. We had a very tough sell in this film because 1. limted dialogue 2. No music soundtrack 3. Film takes place inside the head of a person high on drugs,some companies found it looked amatuerish but that is the look Collin Camino(filmmaker) wanted. We had a 35mm camera sitting there ready to go and he would call the Super 8 out for the most scenes. He is a bit of a weird filmmaker,very unique.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 07:15 PM

Hi, Thanks for the reply,Using Super 8 did make us stand out from the other films submitted for distribution,we were 1 of 2 films selected that month out of 150 film submitted(in 1 month)for distribution and we received a nice advance. The acquistion buyer who is European(which helped,more opened to a non- hollywood look) loved the look of the film. We had a very tough sell in this film because 1. limted dialogue 2. No music soundtrack 3. Film takes place inside the head of a person high on drugs,some companies found it looked amatuerish but that is the look Collin Camino(filmmaker) wanted. We had a 35mm camera sitting there ready to go and he would call the Super 8 out for the most scenes. He is a bit of a weird filmmaker,very unique.


I'm surprised you didn't use music more. It may have looked amateurish because the soundtrack had minimal music to it.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 09:39 PM

I'm surprised you didn't use music more. It may have looked amateurish because the soundtrack had minimal music to it.

Well, the problem seemed to be that the director said he was tired of all the music in films.This was an Urban "Black" film and the buyers loved the story but wanted a bunch of rap music songs in the film. I have to give the director credit, He is old school and love the neo-realism of the 1950's (Itailan),he stuck by his guns and got everything he asked for and the distribution deal! The amatuer look was more the style of camera movement and limited dialogue.Most of the dialogue was narration.
He actually went for a very unique sexy and violent story and nailed it. The film has been a huge success in the USA and a big rental at all Hollywood video stores .It will be on dvd in Europe on dec.11 2006
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 04:43 PM

What was the purpose of going to digibeta first if you then went to mini-dv? Did you go back and re-edit from the digibeta after offlining from the mini-dv?
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Posted 28 November 2006 - 11:16 AM

What was the purpose of going to digibeta first if you then went to mini-dv? Did you go back and re-edit from the digibeta after offlining from the mini-dv?

Hi, There was talk about a limited theater run which would have involved a conversion from the digibeta to 35mm.
The theater deal fell through but the dvd deal actually made us more money with the advance,also this film is very experimental and the dvd deal was the best way to go. Actually after many discussions about the theater with distributors it seems that it really is too costly anymore to do. You can make a nice profit from dvd deal,ofcourse you would need to get picked up first by a distributor by having an interesting movie.
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