Very basic questions
Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:18 AM
1. Using a Canon 1014 XLS 8mm movie camera from the late 70s, would film be sent off for processing? Could you send it from a drug store or would it be done by mail?
2. Would it be possible to make or order photos from the film, and how long would that take?
3. I am hoping the processes would take a week or so, so if there is a better camera to use to make this more realistic, please let me know!
4 Is this a film that would have to be viewed by projector in 1984?
Any general comments about what it would be like to use this camera would be wonderful!
I would so appreciate any help! Thanks, Grace
Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:39 AM
Do you mean to find out how things were done in 1984? If so, then in the UK, Super-8 film was sold process-paid and returned by post to the processor. it took about a week. All the films were reversal then, so yes, they would be projected.
I believe that Kodak was legally prevented from selling process-paid films in the US, so they had to be taken to a lab or third party for despatch, even if Kodak usually did the processing anyway.
Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:54 AM
The most common film in the 1970s would probably be Kodachrome it was posed to be developed (processed paid), I don't know about the US, but in the UK it usually took about a week.
The lab was a specialised lab that only handled the processing, any printed frames would need to be arranged by the film maker probably as a B&W print home job (colour home processing wasn't that common) or perhaps photographing the screen as the film was projected. Super 8 would be a bit fiddly in a photographic enlarger, although I've done prints from 16mm B & Neg which were grainy, Super 8 would be even worse and being reversal makes it more complicated.
The film would usually be viewed on a projector, although by 1984 there may be some films that were transferred for viewing on VHS or Betamax, but most would still be projected.
Posted 03 May 2015 - 06:46 AM
Posted 03 May 2015 - 07:38 AM
When I took in some 35mm. K64 to a SF lab in the late 80s I believe it may have been a 48 or 72-hour service, but that was presumably couriered to Kodak, so with USPS, which I know isn't too speedy in the US, you're safe with a week.
Posted 03 May 2015 - 07:50 AM
Kodachrome wasn't used always though. Ektachrome 160 was a different process, and it was often done by smaller companies in a very short time. It tended to be much more grainy than Kodachrome (it was suitable for low light as well). Have you seen "Super-8" the feature ? The kids filming the train crash take their film to the local camera store or drugstore to process. Not sure when it's meant to be set.
Posted 03 May 2015 - 01:23 PM
Ektachrome Super-8 took a few days to come back from the lab after dropping it off at a drug store unless you went directly to a lab that handled it.
Even in 1984, you'd watch it directly on a projector. Later you might have gotten a cheap transfer onto VHS.
No, it was very hard to make photos from the film strip, though possible, so it was rarely done with Super-8. First of all, you'd have to take the time to select what frames to copy over. People did it themselves sometimes using a modified holder to attach the strip in front of a macro lens on a still camera, similar to what is used to copy slides. I can't find any reference online though to such a device for Super-8 but here is an article about copying slides with a still camera: