VAN 8MM
October 29, 2020 11:51 PM   Subscribe

Vancouver In 8mm. Shot with my grandfathers Regular8 during the summer of 2020.

(not my video - reposted via this r/vancouver post - could be the perfect way to start your Friday or end your Thursday)
posted by mannequito (17 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Lovely, thank you for posting it. That was so soothing and nostalgic...it made me homesick.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 12:37 AM on October 30, 2020 [1 favorite]


Me too - wow.
posted by Pre-Taped Call In Show at 1:11 AM on October 30, 2020


Ah, the sweet, golden days of summer 2020.
posted by pracowity at 1:15 AM on October 30, 2020 [2 favorites]


Aww. Made me smile.
posted by datawrangler at 3:30 AM on October 30, 2020


Projects like this make me wonder how much of nostalgia is memories of actual signifiers of a time and place (that ball, mom's coffee cup), and how much of it is just a media format that is embedded in our mind's eye from that era.
posted by Think_Long at 6:00 AM on October 30, 2020 [2 favorites]


Ditto for me. I haven't lived in Vancouver for more than 20 years but that took me right back to some maybe imaginary time. The jumpy footage with the sun flares and the landscape images mostly overrode the new yachts and the cars. My brain knew 2020 but I was feeling 1977 stuck in the back of the car with my sister driving over the Lions Gate Bridge. I'm aching to smell the rotting forest next to the ocean.
posted by Cuke at 6:15 AM on October 30, 2020 [1 favorite]


Well that's some powerful nostalgia for me there.

Also, I don't think I'd ever been to that waterfall before. Where is that, exactly?
posted by vernondalhart at 6:20 AM on October 30, 2020


It was amazing how the colors and the jerkiness of the footage immediately convinced my brain it was the 1970s. This would be a great PhD topic for some neuroscientist.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 6:23 AM on October 30, 2020


In the mid 80s I was a student at the local art school, Emily Carr cdollege of Art and Design(before it was a university) and I spent a year taking film classes.
This could have been made by one of my fellow students that year; it captures that not quite talented, yet enthusiastic film student vibe perfectly.
I obviously include the short films I made that year in that description, and gosh I miss super 8, there is an inherent charm to almost anything like this shot on Super 8.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 7:04 AM on October 30, 2020


Someone needs to fix the projector; it's projecting the sprocket holes. Wouldn't hurt to have a steadier hand on the camera, either. For that matter a lot of those shots would have worked better with a tripod.

Remember PixelVision?
posted by Nelson at 7:47 AM on October 30, 2020


Also, I don't think I'd ever been to that waterfall before. Where is that, exactly?
posted by vernondalhart at 6:20 AM on October 30 [+] [!]


I think it's Bradywine Falls on the way up to Whistler.

(On second thought, maybe not, it's around the lineal timestamp of Whytecliff, so perhaps it's one of those creeks that come down beside the road. Plus it may not be big enough for Brandywine. )
posted by Keith Talent at 8:48 AM on October 30, 2020


Oh man, I grew up out west and this made me bawl. I haven't been home in ages and missed a trip this summer.
posted by dazedandconfused at 8:58 AM on October 30, 2020


Cypress Falls?
posted by RGD at 11:54 AM on October 30, 2020


It really is amazing how the grain and jerkiness of the footage totally overrides the modern elements of the subject matter and makes me want to swear this is sometime in the 70s or 80s.
posted by cirhosis at 12:13 PM on October 30, 2020 [2 favorites]


This is fantastic. I have two straight 8 cameras but have never been able to find a place to get the film processed. Would you be willing to share how you did that?
posted by mrjerz at 12:45 PM on October 30, 2020 [1 favorite]


It was amazing how the colors and the jerkiness of the footage immediately convinced my brain it was the 1970s. This would be a great PhD topic for some neuroscientist.

Reminds me of this photo quiz from The Pudding.
posted by paperback version at 1:35 PM on October 30, 2020


According to the r/vancouver post they had to send the film off to New York for processing.

Took me a while to realise it was 2020, too! I think the covid-summer effect helps bring the busyness levels back 20-30 years, although the buildings/cars are an obvious giveaway.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 5:35 PM on October 30, 2020


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