As a Super 8mm camera expert for hire I thought I’d do a little series of blogposts on the importance of Super 8mm as a format to many of the world’s greatest directors.
We’ll start with Evil Dead and Spider Man director Sam Raimi – who spent much of his youth making amateur films on Super 8mm.
Indeed, Raimi’s big break the low budget horror classic The Evil Dead – actually was a super 8mm film first (called Within The Woods). Raimi and producers Rob Tapert used the Super 8mm version to help raise money to make The Evil Dead proper.
Below is video from The Incredibly Strange Film show which was made in the 1990s by Channel Four in the UK. The show features a long segment looking at Raimi’s early super 8mm films.
It’s worth a watch for fans of the format – and shows just how important Super 8mm was to wannabe directors.
Matthew Cooper is a Super 8mm camera expert for hire and is hugely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all things Super 8mm. He’s also the director of the rubber reality horror feature film ‘Markham’ which was released in 2020, his second feature film as director ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ hit the screen in 2021. You can find out more about Matthew’s work as a director here or you can find some of his broadcast credits on the IMDb.
In another life Matthew was a BAFTA shortlisted script writer for hire and UK script consultant for over 20 years. He’s written for most of the UK soaps, including writing award-winning episodes of Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs.