SOUND AND VISION
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?’.
Revel-8 film competition co-ordinator Keith Smith.