Originally, the Super 8 was a DVD featuring 8 short films shot in the 1970s, but edited (somewhat) in the oughts, digitally. … And, plus I added updated music (actually, I was playing it in the background while editing blahblahblah). I made about 12 copies. Here is a sample:
You get the point. Here’s more from those halcyon days: The Super 8 on Vimeo
Mikrokosmos (Dave’s Super-8 Sketchbook 1979-1991) is a collection of short pieces culled from Super-8 footage shot between 1979-1991 (well, mostly the 1980’s). Originally, I had this grand idea of creating a series of pieces set to the piano music of Bela Bartok, specifically the Mikrokosmos, a set of progressive pedagogical piano works. Hey, it was the beginning of MTV and I thought there might be an audience for stuff like this! (I was wrong. But…, I learned a lot in the process!) The pieces I created were worked into the ground, edited to death so to speak and tedious to watch. And, I came to realize not everyone appreciates Bartok. Here is an example, probably the most interesting of the Mikrokosmos collection:
This particular video featured 16mm film footage, so I digress a bit here. Anyhow…, I moved on, and shelved that particular project.
I had a nostalgia for that old Super-8 footage, and recently began to transfer the movies to a digital HD format. I included home movies. I began to rework the material into little “sketches”, working quickly and not trying to refine the rough edges. I expanded the music selections (beyond Bartok), and began including sound effects. The short sketches can be viewed in random order. Here is a sample: