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THE POWER OF SUPER 8 FILM BOOK

Many emerging filmmakers spend a fortune on equipment, expensive university film programs, private classes, or over priced post-production, that often renders mediocre quality, and they still feel as if something is missing. They look at their progress as marginal compared to their financial investment, time commitment and ability to work the craft. That is the purpose of this book. You will get the inside skinny from Phil Vigeant’s expertise of running a company that has worked with industry insiders using Super 8 film for over 30 years.

The Power of Super 8 Film will guide you through the steps you should take to immediately give you the experience of shooting film on film, the way all the greats did. You will see how to get a huge bang for your filmmaking buck by using an inexpensive Super 8 camera, a 50-foot cartridge of film, chemistry and the very best in digital scanning.

Phil Vigeant is one of the industry’s foremost experts on Super 8, and his new book The Power of Super 8 Film is a must-read for anyone seeking to explore its creative possibilities. Phil’s innovations have helped keep this time-tested format alive and relevant for today’s filmmakers, and ‘The Power of Super 8 Film’ offers a wealth of information for both students and professionals. – Stephen Pizzello – Executive Editor, American Cinematographer Magazine

With the renaissance of Super 8 and its establishment as a desirable imaging medium, the time is right for a contemporary guide to this unique format. The Power of Super 8 Film couples Phil’s encyclopedic knowledge with recent technical innovations to provide an essential guide for newcomers and seasoned users alike. – Giles Perkins – Editor, onsuper8.org, Super 8 Filmmaker

Super 8 continues to have a great following of creatives and a steady flow of new “converts”. Phil’s commitment to support this at the highest quality, with investment and enthusiasm, is impressive. He just transferred some of my old Super 8 films to Blu-Ray. They look superb. – Peter Boyce – Regional Business General Manager, Eastman Kodak Company

A common anecdote among Cinematographers is how the Super 8 films they shot during their youth put them on their career paths. Today they are using Super 8 film to shoot flashbacks because small format film is an organic medium, which evokes emotional responses. Film is also the only proven archival medium. Phil Vigeant’s Book The Power of Super 8 Film belongs in every film school library. – Bob Fisher – Cine Journalist, President, CCS Public Relations

Shooting with super 8 gives you the feeling you can fly. You are so unshackled, and free. Phil and the entire crew at Pro8mm makes you feel as though you have got a partner in film. They want you to succeed as badly as you do. They’ve got the tools and know-how to make your dreams fill the screen. – Kurt Markus – Award Winning photographer, Independent Filmmaker for Jewel and John Mellencamp


Phil Vigeant has centered his professional career on pushing the tiny Super 8 frame to its maximum potential. Credited with the invention of Super 8 negative film and custom 16:9 Super 8 camera modifications, his company Pro8mm has developed workflows that parallel those used in Hollywood. This created the opportunity to use the powerful tiny medium in hundreds of professional projects for television, motion pictures, music videos, commercials, independent features, documentaries and archiving of legacy footage.

GET “REEL” ABOUT YOUR HOME MOVIE LEGACY…. Before it’s Too Late!

If you are lucky enough to have Home Movies from the 1930s to 1980s shot on 16mm, 8mm or Super 8 film you might be in a conundrum as to how to move these treasures into your digital life. GET “REEL” ABOUT YOUR HOME MOVIE LEGACY…. Before It’s Too Late! offers practical tips on how to evaluate the condition of your aging library, best practices to preserve the original film, what a professional transfer facility offers that a consumer facility does not, options to edit and create a story, how to share footage on social media, watch on a smart phone, iPad or HD TV, and options to sell clips as stock footage.

Rhonda’s insight into the emotional value of home movies offers an important “call to action” to do something with your home movies before it’s too late! Learn how your films can help to shift your focus and transform your understanding of family dynamics, sometimes resulting in a breakthrough to help move you forward in your life.

I really hope this book resonates with people who don’t realize that home movies could and should be an invaluable and incomparable legacy for future generations. They are how our grand kids and other future family members and friends will know who we are, what we were, what we did, and how we lived. – Bob Fisher, Cine Journalist

At my Dad’s memorial reception, I had three big screen TVs and two laptops showing the home movie footage which Pro8mm so beautifully transferred. I love having these because it feels like having him around again. He was exactly the same in spirit, silliness and behavior at 90 as he was at 20. – Melissa Jo Peltier, New York City

Rhonda Vigeant is co-owner and Vice President of Marketing at Pro8mm in Burbank, California, a company dedicated to the professional use of Super 8 film for both production and archiving for 40 years. Rhonda Vigeant has worked with the home movie libraries of dozens of the world’s most famous faces. Her company, Pro8mm, has scanned millions of feet of personal cinema and legacy footage using state of the art equipment to put new life and vibrancy into each frame. This footage has been used in documentaries, at museums, Presidential Libraries, and for personal legacies of film industry moguls and the general public.

Super 8 Hands-On Shooting Events

DO A SHOT, presented by Pro8mm & Kodak, is a hands-on shooting experience where participants get the unique opportunity to experience shooting film on film!!

Presented at top industry trade shows, city-wide film festivals, workshops, and more, DO A SHOT includes some basic hands-on camera training and education with a Super 8 expert. We teach you the unique properties of operating a Super 8 camera and the major components of the process. After the demo, each participant gets the opportunity to shoot a free roll of film.
After DO A SHOT, all the film is processed and scanned at Pro8mm, and the film is uploaded online for participants to watch.

Please contact Jaclyn@pro8mm.com if you are interested in bring DO A SHOT to your next event!

  1. Cinegear Expo – Los Angeles, CA
  2. New Orleans Film Festival – New Orleans, LA
  3. Starlite Film Festival – Florida
  4. Florida Film Festival – Florida
  5. Unity Orphanage – Mexico
  6. South by Southwest- Austin, TX
  7. Austin Film Festival – Austin, TX
  8. Power of Super 8 Film – New York, NY
  9. Power of Super 8 Film – Boston, MA
  10. Power of Super 8 Film – Philadelphia, PA
  11. Power of Super 8 Film Boot Camp – Burbank, CA
  12. Super 8 Film Summit Workshop – Burbank, CA
  13. Miami International Film Festival- Miami, FL
  14. Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife – Brazil
  15. Pasadena Art School Pasadena, CA