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Wes Bollinger

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions! I still have the barrier that the guy doing the shooting is an amateur (possibly even an overstatement--a drunk with a camera is more like it), so I don't think he'd be thinking about lighting. On the other hand, I could shift his character a bit so he owns the club or knows someone who will allow him to bring the lights in the club because he's somehow thought of the lighting conditions. That or maybe he has a high powered flash light or spotlight (like that scene in the night club in After Hours where Scorsese does his cameo working the spotlight) ... or maybe the bouncer will set off the emergency lighting for him or something. Anyway, hmm...still working it over in my head because I need the recording to be intelligible, while also sticking to the character's integral lack of knowledge about filmmaking. I'll let you guys know what I end up doing. I should be writing the scene sometime in the next two weeks. Cheers.
  2. Cool, I'll look at the Beaulieu. Great shout, thanks. Would it make a difference if, say, the camera was bought in Mexico or the US rather than Europe at the time? What I mean is, would've the Beaulieu been on the market outside Europe? If not I'll probably just say he bought it in Europe on a trip to London.
  3. TL;DR: The camera doesn't have to be Super-8, but the character using the camera probably wouldn't be sophisticated enough to pick up something that he couldn't walk into a general electronics/Sears store in '72 and buy, though he does have expensive taste. I figured the low-lighting would kill the images of the nightclub, but I'm either going to try to add more light in the night club (by writing it in), or think of another away around it because it would be better if the footage when watched today wasn't an indecipherable mess. I appreciate all the suggestions so far, and I'll be looking at the links and other cameras recommended here. Thanks for all the replies so far. Basically, no, the camera doesn't have to be Super-8, but I'm trying to give the character who is "shooting" in the nightclub a popular "amateur" camera for the pedestrian/at-home filmmaker in 1972 - early 1973. The thing about this character is he's rich, and can afford all the gadgets and toys he wants to play with, but he wouldn't have the knowledge to pick out an excellent camera to shoot with. He's a young, spoiled playboy-type who's the equivalent of someone today who would buy the most expensive DSLR they found in a general electronics store, without doing any research, and then take it out with him to parties and clubs trying to make a "movie." The character I'm writing could end up with another camera, but it would have to qualify either as a luxury object (to motivate him to buy it without having to go out of his way for it) or just the camera he was most likely to end up with at that time (i.e. the bestselling in 72-73). He doesn't know a camera might shoot poorly in low lighting conditions. I did figure it would be too dark in the nightclub, and- I was going to use the highest ASA I could get in the camera (again, that isn't specialist, hard to buy stock). I was looking for approximate low-lighting footage with the Kodak XL 55, and the closest I found was this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JwyOzdWXzc. The person here is shooting outside at night with the camera, and seeing how most of the light sources are blown-out and surrounded by darkness, I figured the footage in the club would be terrible because there you also have movement and tight space. I'm thinking of solving it by basically allowing a mix of a) turbulent shots of bodies writhing in a suffocating darkness semi-illuminated at points by the dance-floor lighting, disco balls, gel-hued moving spotlights, etc, and also ii), then having shots of a nearby bar/lounge area that is much better lit, without being too bright, where everyone is sitting static on stools or couches and you can see the characters better. I'm going to try to have the dance-floor footage not look like blurred, indistinct crap, but this is the character and context I'm working with. Thanks for the suggestions about the other cameras. I'll look into them, but hopefully I can determine whether or not an amateur would be sophisticated enough to end up with something different at the time.
  4. TL;DR: I've decided that the best camera seems to be the Kodak XL 55. Now I'm looking for examples of what footage taken with that camera would've looked like in a low-light/dance club setting. More research to be done on the camera itself. Any other thoughts from anyone? Hi Zac, Thanks for your advice. I got to the library, and after a bit of slogging around (unfortunately, your helpful archive-searching suggestion couldn't be followed up as the Sear Catalogue isn't on microfilm anywhere nearby), I managed to find a source to start with. I found a paper on the history of Super-8 filmmaking, and after sifting through the sources cited in it, I came across Lenny Lipton's The Super 8 Book (1975) ( Google Books link ). I'm writing a novel where one of the characters will be using the camera in a night club in 1973, and the footage will be viewed in the present. After looking through Lipton's book I've decided that my character will be using the Kodak XL 55 ( http://super8wiki.com/index.php/Kodak_XL_55 ). Does that sound about right to you? I'll do some specific research on the camera itself (i.e. how long the film rolls were, how many minutes of footage could be captured, what the aesthetic quality looked like of something filmed with the same camera in similar conditions), but if you have any other stray or cursory thoughts on the matter, I'd be grateful to hear them. I'm open to all suggestions from anyone, in fact! Thanks again.
  5. Hi all. Summary: Trying to research the most popular Super-8 cameras sold for private use between 1970-1972. Thanks ahead of time. Basically, I'm doing research on popular/bestselling Super-8 cameras commonly used for either amateur filmmaking or home movie recording between 1970 and early 1973. Sifting through some other sites like super8wiki and a few vintage camera sites, I'm having trouble pinpointing production dates for certain cameras, or sales figures indicating what would've been the most popular cameras, say, in the US in late 1972. Even something as basic as knowledgable opinion written on the subject eludes me. I'm looking for resources that might point me in the right direction, or anyone with specialist knowledge who might easily offer a guess as to what brands and models I might start looking at. Cheers!
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