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January 29, 2007

Films, fans and fams.

I, and this might come as a surprise, collect films. I don't mean movies really, though I do have a some of those as well, I mean 8mm and 16mm films. I've been collecting films like this since high school. It started with family films, but not my family films, other people's family films. I bought a few at a shop that converted 8mm movies to VHS tapes, they were films people didn't want anymore (which seems crazy to me). I then bought a few silent shorts, and then a sound western. Since then I've bought films everywhere flea markets and garage sales and thrift stores. Some of them narrative shorts, but mostly home movies. The home movies are the best. They capture a moment in time perfectly. Some of the best ones, and I don't yet own any of these, are ones from children who were aspiring film makers. I do own a few were the cameraman tries out a few neat camera tricks, like making the bulbs on the Christmas tree magically appear. But for the most part they are just normal events that the family saw fit to capture on film, vacations, birthdays, a day at the lake. It is all interesting to me, and some of it is beautiful. Nothing is more beautiful to me than kodachrome film anyhow, with it's very saturated colors, but add majestic vistas, 1950's station wagons, and old grandmas, and it turns into something greater than just the film stock. Anyhow, if you haven't seen any 16mm or 8mm films in real life, I suggest you make an attempt, it is really cool.

Family Films on Vimeo

Posted by kyle at January 29, 2007 9:52 PM


so lovely! i hope i can come across some home videos here in taiwan... i miss thrift stores so much

Posted by: james at January 30, 2007 4:03 AM

i think of all things to collect, this is the coolest.

Posted by: kevin at January 30, 2007 6:30 AM

That's neat. One of my grandmas gave me an old Kodak home film camera of her's. It has a turret with 3 different lens. It is neat - and it has film in it still...but I think ruined it because I opend it up thinking it was empty, oh well.

Speaking of film, I start teaching that movie making class next week. It should be interesting.

Posted by: dan h at January 31, 2007 3:50 PM

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