Super 8mm Filmmaking Intensive

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

Learn all aspects of operating a Super 8mm camera, with emphasis on getting the best exposure and taking advantage of the unique features of the Super 8mm format. Learn basic elements of camera theory and the fundamentals of shooting, directing and editing your own film project.

Super 8mm Filmmaking Intensive includes:
• Super 8mm Camera Workshop
• Super 8mm Editing Workshop
• Camera: Super 8mm camera (one weekend rental or one weekday rental)
• Film: Tri-X (black and white) or Wittner Chrome (colour) Super 8mm film (one cartridge)
• Processing: Niagara Custom Lab (one cartridge)
• Editing: Four hours of editing time (see details below)
• Transfer of final edit to a digital file at LIFT (participants must provide storage media)


LIFT’s Camera Theory workshop is a prerequisite for the Super 8mm Filmmaking Intensive. All equipment and facility credits must be used by Friday April 28, 2017. Facility time must be used during LIFT office hours (Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm).



John Porter has been a filmmaker, performer, photographer and writer in Toronto since 1968. He has made three hundred films, mostly Super 8mm, and performed one hundred solo shows internationally. He studied Film Production at Ryerson University and has received five Creation Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. He taught his first Super 8mm and 16mm Film Workshop credit courses in the Summer of 2005 and 2008, at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. His community activism includes photographing and writing about local underground film activity, and advocating for Super 8mm film and $50 film budgets.