SOUND AND VI­SION

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Sara Fitz­patrick

IT is a su­per con­cept – film­mak­ers shoot one reel of silent Su­per 8 film last­ing three-anda-half min­utes and WAAPA stu­dents com­pose the sound­track with­out even meet­ing the di­rec­tor.

This is the Revel-8 film com­pe­ti­tion: a cel­e­bra­tion of lo-fi grass­roots com­mu­nity film­mak­ing and Aus­tralia’s only Su­per 8 Fes­ti­val.

It is in its 11th year and has a loyal lo­cal fol­low­ing.

The theme of this year’s event is magic and film­mak­ing and it is open to the public.

Pre­sen­ter Keith Smith, co­or­di­na­tor of film and video at ECU, in­her­ited the idea from the pre­vi­ous Pan­dora’s Box su­per 8 film fes­ti­val.

He said shoot­ing on Su­per 8 cameras was an im­me­di­ate ex­pe­ri­ence. It usu­ally took an af­ter­noon to make the film, with shots taken one af­ter the other and no re­takes.

“It’s very lib­er­at­ing be­cause once it’s done, it’s done – there is no post-pro­duc­tion, how­ever you’re wait­ing un­til the ac­tual night of the screen­ing to see what you’ve shot.

“When we get the film back from the lab­o­ra­tory we give it to com­po­si­tion stu­dents at WAAPA. They ran­domly get as­signed a film, look at it and with­out talk­ing to the film­maker go: ‘Oh, what is this film about?’.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471246

Revel-8 film com­pe­ti­tion co-or­di­na­tor Keith Smith.

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