Super 8 Films

Super 8 Cameras were created in the 60’s and 70’s. They allowed the average family or filmamaker to create their own home movies. Today, we’re still using the same cameras which, honestly, is very humbling given how unpredictable something 40 years old can be! But something amazing and mysterious happens with these cameras and their film.

A speck of dust, the end of the film roll, or the angle of the sun can create an unexpected and beautiful effect that no Instagram filter can match. The footage is lightly grainy with soft colors. There’s a distinctive flicker to the images that is mesmerizing, and once you hear the sound of film hitting sprockets, you’ll never forget it. Roll the film!

Sing me a song.

But have it tell me a story.

Not some tall tale.

But of places where I’ve been.

And of where I want to be.

Of faces I have known.

And of things for which I’m longing.

- Balladeer

Photo by:  Amanda Marie

Photo by: Amanda Marie

Balladeer Films

Balladeer Films was inspired by the birth of my daughter. Digital images and films are instantly made, shared or posted or not, and never make it into our hands. I wonder if they don’t make the same impression on our hearts and minds as the mediums of yore.

Super 8 film allows us to physically hold an object carrying the memories, milestones, and moments we cherish. We’ll get to revel in those moments as we wind the film onto a projector and hear it click away as we see ourselves grow together (or stream it on a tablet - I’m not a total dinosaur after all!)

I decided to start this company to share my love of the “old made new” with generations of people who are accustomed to in-app filters, disappearing stories, and scrolling fingers. I want to show people the beauty of their life events is enough - they don’t need drones, special effects, or even cinematic sweeping shots to convey the heart and soul of who they are and how they feel that day.