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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.




Painting with Camera

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This week’s post features “Painting with Camera,” a Super 8 film made by Aaron Valdez around 2000 in Austin, Texas. Transferred by videotaping the film projected on a wall, this piece exploits the flicker inherent in film projection along with graphic explorations of the urban environment to create a kind of moving painting. Running at 18 frames per second, Super 8 allows for a gentle blur during rapid camera motion, creating beautiful abstractions out of ordinary images.

The film was made for one of the Austin Cinemaker Co-op’s (now Austin School of Film) quarterly Super 8 film festivals. Super 8 film fests are alive and well around the globe, including the fantastic international Flicker network. also has a great list of worldwide small gauge screening and filmmaking opportunities.

We’re always looking for creative work to showcase, so if you have a small format film (new or aged) that you’d like us to consider for this site, drop us a line. You can send us a permalink, provide it on video, or we can always transfer the film to video for you. For more details, check out our Call for Work page.


Comment from portrait painting
Time: June 13, 2007, -5

Amazing! Although I still don’t get the clear picture as to how did it go I’m really impressed. I believe that these are other steps toward better photography.

By the way, is it possible that paintings can be made into movies?

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Time: June 16, 2007, -5

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