In 1972 when Bob Doyle, a Harvard professor started to experiment with the notion that Super 8 equipment had endless possibilities as a production medium we are sure he was not thinking about where would the company be in 50 years - or would it be?
Super8 Sound was founded in November 1972 by Bob Doyle, with partners Jay Kirsch and Wendl Thomis. They spent three months developing an electronic servo-control circuit that would match the speed of a Sony TC800B tape recorder to a one-closure-per-frame switch in a Super-8 movie camera. They were awarded U.S. Patent Number 3,900,251 for this work. Over the next decade they invented a variety of products including the first Crystal Sync Super 8 cameras, 3D shooting and projecting with the infamous Lenny Liption, 2 different models of fullcoat recorders, camera blimps, crystal sync cassette recorders, the double system editing bench, accessories like the beep light, pilotone sync generator, crystal sync generator, and multi track sync recording. More to come on the history of Super8Sound, the early years, or check it out here.
Phil and Rhonda Vigeant bought the company from Bob in 1982, moved it to Los Angeles in 1987 (35th anniversary of being in Burbank) and changed the name to Pro8mm in1992 (30th anniversary) when they came out with color negative film.
So the company is 50 years old, and Phil has been the President for 40 years and color negative super 8 film will be 30 years old!
We look forward to having you join us for a year long celebration of new products, services, virtual events, contests, milestone production accomplishments and a P-A-R-T-Y !!!!
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