There's definitely something magical about Super 8 film, not least the fact that it's not so easy to get ahold of a working Super 8 camera and the film it requires. For Mario Parussini, a marketer based in Sydney Australia, the Super 8 obsession started as soon as he found an old Super 8 camera at a vintage shop.
It's easy to see the visual appeal of Super 8 footage: it's beautifully grainy, slightly jerky, and feels just like an old film. Even the most regular, everyday moments in modern life take on a perfectly cinematic feel when viewed through Super 8 clips.
We talked to Mario to find out more about his Life on Super 8 film project and why he loves the uncertainty of working with analog film.
Mario: I’ve been filming Super 8 footage for two years now.
I used to film plenty on my Canon a long time ago, but I one day found a Super 8 camera at a secondhand store and fell in love. I haven’t filmed through any other medium since.
Since Super 8 cameras are out of production these days I use an old school Braun Nizo 206XL. It was refurbished in Germany and sent down pre-Covid.
I like shooting sunsets mostly. It’s true for all photos and film but Super 8 really seems to pop during golden hour.
I’m inspired by the unknown of Super 8 film. I can capture what I think will be a beautiful shot but I don’t know until the film is processed and digitized.
It’s a mini adventure every time you go out shooting. You could literally come back with unusable footage or an absolute gold mine.
I really like this shot. The colors came out so nice and there is just something about the donut ring floating there. A bit cliche, but it feels slightly melancholic.
I follow a lot of Super 8 film enthusiasts on Instagram who are continuing the legacy of the analog format:
I mainly take inspiration from film and TV. If I see an awesome shot, framed perfectly, I try and re-create it through my film.
I’m going to cheat and reply with two goals.
The first is to film the world again through the lens of a Super 8 camera. There are many monuments and natural wonders that would look stunning on Super 8 film.
The second is to film a short feature with Super 8 footage. I’m a while away from doing that, and realistically may never get there, but it’s a dream nonetheless.