Anybody know where/how to buy 8mm film?
April 8, 2009 9:57 PM   Subscribe

Anybody know where/how to buy 8mm film?

It can be B/W. I just want to buy some film!
posted by degoao to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Also, if someone can help me find it...

How much time do I have with 100 ft of film?
posted by degoao at 10:02 PM on April 8, 2009

Film Emporium has Pro8mm and regular 8mm by Kodak in 50' mags.

At 24fps, Super 8 is 72 frames to the foot-- so that gives you five minutes on a 100' mag. (Thank Mr. F for that one.) I don't have numbers for regular 8mm-- which one are you more interested in?
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 10:16 PM on April 8, 2009

50 seconds gave "2.5 minutes at the U.S. motion picture professional standard of 24 frames per second, and 3 minutes and 20 seconds of continuous filming at 18 frames per second (wiki) so double that for 100 ft. Looks like Amazon has it, for starters.
posted by crapmatic at 10:18 PM on April 8, 2009

8mm reversal on google shopping.

You want reversal (or color reversal) so that you don't have to have a print made from a negative. You'll just have the film developed, and then you'll project from the original reel.

But, I've gotta tell you, if you're looking for a steady supply of the stuff, you may well be in for a rude awakening. 8mm filmstock is literally all but dead. 16mm is definitely on its way out. Even 35mm has to compete with high-def video now.

I entered film school in 2001. The photography store nearby, to serve students, kept a refrigerator of 16mm filmstock. When I started, there were probably 12 to 15 different, unique filmstocks available in that fridge. When I dropped out to follow my dream of becoming an engineer, they'd dropped to only being able to locate and offer about 6 or 8 of those filmstocks.
posted by Netzapper at 10:18 PM on April 8, 2009

Great thanks for the info.

I don't actually want to film anything with it....

I want to draw on it with black marker so when I project light through, the light is what shows...

Do I have to expose the film first? Or can I just draw right on it?
posted by degoao at 10:59 PM on April 8, 2009

If you are just using it to draw on, you may be able to find pre-exposed film on eBay or you may be able to purchase 8mm leader somewhere, this is usually white opaque film that is used for the beginning and ends on film reels.
posted by cazoo at 12:09 AM on April 9, 2009

Just look through yard sales for folks old home movies. Dump the film in a tub with a water/bleach mix (4 to 1) and the emulsion will wash right off. Rinse the base in clean water, and let it dry. My 10th grade film class did this with 16mm 35 years ago (we used discarded commercials), have fun drawing!
posted by Marky at 12:37 AM on April 9, 2009

Do as Marky suggests... but, I'd use 16mm... it's going to be a lot easier to draw on if it's bigger, isn't it?

You might even be able to find exposed 35mm film.
posted by Netzapper at 2:34 AM on April 9, 2009

You want 8 or 16mm clear leader (if you want to use a marker.) Just literally plug it into google. I'm assuming you have an 8mm projector (hence why you want 8mm film.)

We did this in film school with 16mm black leader - and built our own lightbox. You take that with a magnifying class and a pin on the end of a pen or pencil and you can make a scratch film.

My eyes still hurt from doing that one project. We then had it transferred to video tape so we could screen/edit.

Frankly, it's expensive to transfer, so the professor spliced all the students material together so it was a single transfer fee for the class.
posted by filmgeek at 4:40 AM on April 9, 2009

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