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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.




On to the next step

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Now that Lost in Light is funded (thanks again!), we’ve placed our order for the film-to-video transfer system and are eagerly awaiting its arrival. Once it’s in hand and tested, we’ll issue a formal call for films to be transferred (go here for information about our upcoming free 8mm to video transfer service), so please stay tuned.

In the meantime, we are seeking short articles and essays about all things 8mm–filmmaking, archiving, viewing, preserving, analyzing, critiquing, etc.–so if you have a piece you’d like to contribute to the site, email us at our contact page.

Also, in the spirit of continuing to provide films as we build up to our official site launch, here’s a hand-made Super 8 film I made last year called Alternative Forms of Energy (4:30, 2005), created by hand-processing the film, painting it with india ink, and bleaching portions with diluted Clorox.

A short synopsis:

A look at the parallels between the grassroots manufacture of biodiesel fuel and the creation of a handmade film, Alternative Forms of Energy captures the stuttering approach to experimentation, full of false starts and unexpected triumphs. This film features an interview with Steve Fugate, founder of the Yoderville Biodiesel Co-op and owner of Flying F Bio-Fuels just outside Iowa City. From Nanoramas.

Hope you enjoy.

–Jen Proctor


Comment from Toastie
Time: December 5, 2006, -5

Fantastic work. I love your confident use of the project for creative effect. I’ve always wanted to experiment with painting on film. Your an inspiration!

Comment from sull
Time: December 23, 2006, -5

what a refreshingly awesome video!