What Does 8mm Film Look Like?

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Eight millimeter film is the same thing as 35 and 16 millimeter film, only smaller. Use 8 millimeter film for an old fashioned, grainy look with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, my name's Jared Drake and I'm going to talk to you about eight millimeter film. Eight millimeter film is basically thee exact same thing as thirty-five and sixteen millimeter film, and seventy millimeter film, except smaller. A fif, sixteen millimeter strip of film is half the size of a thirty-five millimeter strip of film. It's no different. Eight millimeter film's half the size of sixteen millimeter film, no different. If you were to project a sixteen millimeter print from twenty-five feet away and you were to project the same thing on eight miller, millimeter, twelve and a half feet away, half the distance, it would look exactly the same on screen. The problem is if you pull eight millimeter film back to the place of sixteen millimeter film, it would be much more uh...there'd be much more artifacts, you know? It wouldn't be as clean of a print because it's a smaller format that you're then blowing up to a bigger screen to match that bigger format. Same thing if you were to go from sixteen to thirty-five. Now eight millimeter film tends to have a look that's much more "old fashioned." It's white, it's grainy, it's a...you know, has the vignetting around the sides, the dark sh...the dark shadows around the outsides of the frame. All of that isn't due to the actual film itself. That's because of the cameras that capture eight millimeter films. It's the lenses that are used. It's thee a, type of film. Not necessarily the fact that it's eight millimeter, but it's how eight millimeter's developed and processed.

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