Posted on June 17 2020
FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: IGNACIO BENEDETI
Ignacio shown holding the first revolutionary new Ultra DS-8 Super 8 cameras . Which will be used for the first time in his upcoming Documentary
Ignacio Benediti lives in Spain and blogs in Spanish. We think he is probably the best known aficionado on Super 8 projection the world has ever seen. He also knows and shares his filmmaking experiences on a wealth of super 8 topics including Single 8, Super 8 prints, optical blow-ups to16mm . He is the founder /CEO of IB Cinema. He is a wealth of information and so knowledgable that we follow him religiously, using software to translate his blogs into English. In Europe there is a very different Super 8 culture than in the USA. Ignacio shares a much more physical Super 8 experience with lots of film projection and working with very traditional Super 8 processes.
He recently released a film about Global Warming and tells of processing Super 8 with Ice from 1 million years ago!
“This project consists of shooting super 8 film from 2019 to 2030. We will produce 13 documentaries, between 70 to 85 minutes each, in areas of the world very sensitives to the Global Warming. Every title will be done in Super-8, blown up to 16 mm for the the non theatrical market in schools and purchased by Television de Galicia (TVG), the main tv station in Galicia, in the North West of Spain. The original language is Galician. The first of the series "Spitsbergen, Guardian of The Arctic" is fully finished now. The trailer can be seen here
Second of the series is "Odyssey in Greenland", fully shot last fall. I will start with the editing soon. Third of the series "Crossing 66 Degrees Latitude South" to be shot this fall (if there is no trouble with coronavirus).
The first of the documentaries was filmed with the entire range of Kodak emulsions: Vision 50 exposed at 40, Vision 200 exposed at 125, Vision 500 exposed at 400, Vision 500 exposed to 50 and pull processing 2 stops, Kodak Ektachrome 7294, Ektachrome 7285, Ektachrome 7280 and Kodak Tri X.
One milestone of this documentary is that much of the Tri X was processed on board the historic icebreaker "Malmo", first launched in 1943, in the most ecological way possible: with beer. Beer processing produces images with much more richness of grays than those obtained with coffee. Processing part of the footage on location was very important because, in such extreme weather conditions, it allowed me to check that the cameras were working properly.”
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You can follow him in Instagram, and he also is the founder and administrator of the Super 8mm Group on Face Book