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Since when do cell phones use Super 8 film?


What the heck were they thinking? Cell phone video with scratches and dirt?

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Indeed -- who brought along an old film camera? Complete with old film.

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The scenes with the scratches and dirt were all shot with a phone!

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Also interesting is that the "damage" effects for their digital video look more like video tape damage. Well, often looks that way.

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I wondered about that, too. It seemed pointlessly arty at first, but later on it turns out to be helpful in establishing who's filming. When they're running around screaming, which is quite a lot of the time, the difference in image is often the only way to tell whose POV we're watching.

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But cell phones still do not use Super 8 film stock!

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I just assumed there is some app or something that allows you to take video from a cell phone that looks like that. But maybe there's not...

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But cell phones still do not use Super 8 film stock!


LOL! I know. It was weird and inaccurate. I was only pointing out that, strange as the choice was, it ended up serving a purpose, intentional or otherwise.

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There are video apps that give various effects, such as vintage film feel, grainy effects, etc. I believe I've even seen a super 8 camera app in the appstore once.

The character is a filmmaker, she likes cameras, etc. It's very likely that she wanted to be creative by filming her phone video with a vintage feel. Plus, it's like a nostalgia feeling, with all these Polaroid apps etc. People enjoy playing with their photos/videos on their phones. I remember trying out all these retro apps like Hipstamatic and retroCam and stuff.

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Right, I was thinking the same thing. I assume it's an effect added in video editing. The reason to apply it to the cellphone is because it's already such low quality that it won't come close to matching the other cameras, so instead of using it as quality footage, it becomes artsy transitional footage and b-roll.
Of course, even a cheapy cell phone camera takes better quality than that.

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But it is definitely way over used and I find it annoying.

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