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Lost in Light is a videoblog about small gauge filmmaking featuring weekly posts of home movies, work by artists, articles by preservationists and film scholars, video tutorials and other film gems.

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This is an example of a post we might include of work submitted by or solicited from an artist working in 8mm or Super 8 film today. Creative Commons licenses will be applied on a case by case basis.

Sketches is an excerpt from a Super 8 film diary I started around 1997. It captures sights from my everyday life, walking to and from work, and trips out to West Texas and East Texas. At the time I budgeted out thirty dollars a month for my filmmaking which roughly covered the cost of buying and processing a single roll of Super 8. I’d try to make the roll last the whole month. I started shooting self-portraits, capturing the repetition and variation of crossing the same downtown streets day, and improvising on and recording things that interested me.

When the film returned from processing I’d splice the new roll onto the end of the roll from the previous month and screen it in the living rooms of friends’ homes. Before long it became something. Many of the small moments from this diary I would expand on in future films. Those small screenings among friends, projector on the coffee table, beer in hand, remain my most cherished film experiences.

Aaron Valdez is a film/video artist from Houston, Texas and is the co-founder of Lost in Light.

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Comment from Benilda Beretta
Time: November 29, 2008, -5

I was looking for available home movies for remix because growing up during the 50s and 60s my parents never owned a movie camera and so I wanted to recreate one. So…I found this lovely video. It is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I do video right now, but some day I would like to get my hands on 8mm or super 8.

Regards,

Bennie Beretta