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Straight 8
Film Festival
Straight 8 invites anyone anywhere to make a short film on one cartridge of super 8 - without editing, 2nd takes or post-production pyrotechnics. The soundtrack is submitted separately and added by the organisers for the selection process of the best films submitted. The first time filmmakers see their films (and if they are selected) is at one of their awesome worldwide premieres, like their infamous Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Lions screenings…  

A short demo on how Straight 8 works can be seen
here.

Since celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, Straight 8 is concentrating in other projects (including some non-super8 related ones…) so we are all waiting for it to be live again, hopefully soon. In the meantime we continue to shoot 'straight8 style’, and keep the celluloid dream alive! 
(for instance through the St Leonards International Film Festival - SLIFF) 

For more information on Straight 8 and access to its archive of past masterpieces
click here.

And for Endwell Productions’ prolific 2012 output (a record breaking 5 entries, one Cannes premiere and four selected for the ICA screening!), scroll down and enjoy! . . .
Endwell Productions at Straight 8 Film Festival 2012
Speak & Spell in St Leonards
Speak & Spell in St Leonards is a technicolour and slightly psychedelic super 8 exposé of the many adventures and interactions of a Speak & Spell machine (a 1980's Texas Instruments 'learn to spell device) in the sunny St Leonards-on-Sea, in the south coast of England. It was shot in the style of the old adverts that would play in the cinemas before the feature films. 

Speak & Spell in St Leonards was produced for the Straight 8 Film Festival and had its worldwide premiere at the celebrated Cannes Lions Straight 8 screening in June 2012 (the film on the top left is the original version as premiered in Cannes).

It was shot using Kodak Vision3 200T, and as all straight 8 entries: one cartridge, in-camera editing, and no post-production.

The Directors' Cut version of this now iconic super 8 film (film on the bottom left) was ever-so-slightly edited to get around some interesting sound-synching issues and a more comprehensive credits/special thanks section . . .
Really . . . ?
Really...? is a road movie, a surprising cross country adventure to quench a very peculiar type of thirst: for a good single malt whisky...”

The poem being read is the lyrics (in Portuguese) of the song composed and played by Marcelo Saldanha, and talks about the very many semantic/literal/fictional/mythical connections of a small pure-malt-whisky producing island in Scotland's Inner Hebrides with the Latin term 'juris'.

It was submitted to the 2012 edition of the straight 8 Film Festival (film on the top left), but it was the only entry from Endwell Productions' five submissions that did not get selected (possibly for being ‘lost in translation’ as the subtitles submitted never got added to the final piece considered in the selection process…). It had its worldwide premiere at the launch of The St Leonards International Film Festival (SLIFF) in July 2012, at the Durbar Hall in the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

The only difference from the original version of the 2012 straight8 entry is that in the re-edited version (film on the bottom left) the poem's English translation has been added as subtitles and the credits have been included at the end.

It was originally shot using Ektachrome 100D.
impromptu
“The darkness, the fire, the question: what next?”

This is a super 8 film shot during the very early moments of a winter morning in 2012 in St Leonards: one take, one minute of a very fast running super 8 camera (at 54fps for the cognoscenti…), and a very uncertain future...

In an unplanned ironic metaphorical coincidence, Darren composed the original soundtrack 'in the dark', also in one take, as a masterly improvised response to a simplified oral description of the film. Genius!

It was part of the selected films of 2012 edition of the straight 8 Film Festival and the original version submitted had its worldwide premiere at the ICA in London (the film on the top left). The only difference from the original version of the 2012 straight8 entry is that in its re-edited version (film on the bottom left) the credits have been included at the end.

At the launch of The St Leonards International Film Festival (SLIFF) in July 2012, at the magnificent Durbar Hall in the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, a very special screening of this piece was held, where the original super8 negative of the film was projected with a live and improvised accompaniment by the maestro Darren Morris at the grand piano and Jason Williams on saxophone (see this 'negative version on vimeo.com/78047699).

The film was shot using Kodak Vision3 500T, using only the natural light of the fire and the moon.
La Carne Vale?
"Mr Lombo is searching a cure to an ailment that has almost cost his life. Would Dr Carnivalli and her pioneering and radical surgical medical interventions be able to help him?"

This short film (top left) was screened at the ICA in London, after its worldwide premiere was held at the launch of The St Leonards International Film Festival (SLIFF) in July 2012, at the magnificent Durbar Hall in the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

It was shot using Kodak Vision3 500T.

The only difference from the original version of the 2012 straight8 entry is that in its re-edited version (film on the bottom left) the credits have been included at the end.
West Rise to London 2012 Glory
"The very special athletes of West Rise Junior School make their final preparations to take part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. And they are more than ready for this challenge!"
 
This is a super 8 film written and produced by a group of very talented 10 year olds from West Rise Primary School, Eastbourne with support from Endwell Productions (top left) to enter the straight 8 competition. With no previous filmmaking experience and having grown up using the immediacy-driven digital media, the children learned very quickly how to create a film from start to finish, exploring the 'antique cine' processes of accurate planning and precise workflow, not a small feat! As all straight 8 entries: one cartridge, in-camera editing, no preview, no post-production, however the ‘synching issues’ end up giving an otherworldly character to the film.
 
The brief was completely open and the group developed a 'joint idea' surrounding the theme of the London Olympics. The group then story-boarded, scripted, and filmed it, and also created the soundtrack which was recorded by themselves in the school's very own radio station facilities!! What an amazing school!!!
 
The project lasted eight weeks and was run as part of the programme of creative educational activities developed within the school's "Room 13".
 
The short film was premiered at the launch of The St Leonards International Film Festival (SLIFF) in July 2012 at the magnificent Durbar Hall in the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, and it was also screened at the ICA in London on the same year at the straight 8 event.
 
It was shot using Kodak Vision3 200T,
 
The re-edited version of the 2012 straight8 entry (film on the bottom left) simply adjusts ever-so-slightly the timing of the sequences in relation to the soundtrack to get around those ‘sound-synching issues’ present in the original version, as well as creating a more comprehensive credits/special thanks section.
 
This project then led to a commission to help set up the school's very own darkroom, and establishing an on-going series of analogue black and white photography and experimental darkroom techniques workshops, as well as setting up West Rise Cine Club and West Rise Filmmakers Tribe. For details of the ongoing partnership between Endwell Productions click here and West Rise Junior School.
Partners
West Rise Junior High School, Room 13