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My favorite kind of 8mm film is the accidental double exposure. 8mm film comes on small 25′ rolls that are 16mm wide. The camera exposes half of the surface area of the film in the first 25′ run and then the user has to manually flip over the reel and rethread it for the second 25′ run in which the other half of the 16mm wide film is exposed. When the film is processed the lab slits the film down the middle resulting in your 50′ of 8mm home movies. The double exposure happens when the filmmaker forgets how many times they’ve flipped over the reel. In essence the amateur becomes an unknowing artist and the results are usually beautifully synchronous.

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Comment from jay dedman
Time: March 22, 2007, -5

the film look is so amazing. can’t deny. like looking at a lost time.
who chooses the music?

Comment from Aaron Valdez
Time: March 26, 2007, -5

Jen and I both choose the music for the posts from our personal collection. Jen’s been digging stuff off of freesound too. The full-length versions of the transfers on the Internet Archive and video copies we send back to people are silent.

Comment from Randall Matson
Time: May 3, 2007, -5

What is the actual piece of music being played with this film? I know it’s being played on a musical saw, and it sounds somewhat familiar, but I can’t nail it down. I’d love to know where you found that because I want to hear more. Love the site; keep up the good work!

Comment from Seth Neill
Time: May 11, 2007, -5

I don’t think it’s a saw, that’s clara rockmore on the theramin playing ‘the swan’ by saint saens.

Pingback from Lost in Light » Luanda, Angola, 1955
Time: May 11, 2007, -5

[…] See our File Directory for a link to full resolution MPEG-2s of these scenes and more from the Lundy home movie footage, available at the Internet Archive. For more from this collection of home movies from African and elsewhere, go here here, and here. More to come. […]