Lost In Light

Lost In Light
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This is a project about the 8mm film format. But 8mm is dead, you say? On the contrary! Not only is the format alive with innovation by filmmakers around the world, but hours and hours of Super 8 and regular 8mm film exist in attics and basements the world over—as home movies, educational films, works of art—that is slowly fading from the historical record.

We’re here to preserve that record before these films are lost, and to make those films available for viewing by the public and for use by artists seeking new, compelling footage. Lost in Light is a project devoted to preserving, showcasing, and celebrating films created on the small-gauge 8mm film format.

To that end, we will provide free Super 8 and 8mm to video transfers to anyone who asks, in exchange for posting their video to the Lost in Light site and on the Internet Archive with their choice of Creative
Commons licenses. In addition, Lost in Light will include articles and features by members of the filmmaking and film preservation communities, video tutorials for making 8mm films, as well as creative work, all with the goal of preserving and championing this important film format.

The site will have a soft launch with some content as soon as funding is available, with a full, hard launch set for January 2007.

Join us on this exciting visual journey through time and creativity!

Project Site: Lost In Light
Subscribe to the project.

A note from Markus Sandy, Lost In Light’s advocate:
I recently came across some old amusement park footage. It was a joy to discover. As a child, I had played at that very same seaside fun zone. The video triggered the recollection of so many memories that had somehow become buried over time. Without these archives, I can’t imagine how I would have ever recalled so many important details. It was truly a wonderful and astounding experience.

When Jen Proctor and Aaron Valdez first proposed their Lost In Light project, I immediately fell in love with the idea. Perhaps it’s because much of my own childhood was captured on 8MM. Perhaps it is the voyeuristic thrill of experiencing “other people’s memories” and a sense of “time travel”. Perhaps it is the community aspects around film preservation.

I just know that I love it and hope you will support this fine project that aims to both educate and preserve.

Deliverables Approx. 1 video/wk for 1 year
Timeline Soft launch immediately,
hard launch with full content
in January 2007.
Purpose To provide an interactive
archive of small-gauge
film for viewing,
reappropriating, remixing,
learning, and study.
Amount $1500
Recipients Jennifer Proctor &
Aaron Valdez
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$ 1590 raised
to date!!

Target
reached

Contributors:
» Beth Kanter $ 20
» lea davis $ 10
» bottomunion $ 30
» alicia shay $ 100
» rob parrish $ 20
» Dave Toole $ 50
» Sarah Szalavitz $ 100
» Jan $ 20
» irina slutsky $ 50
» Steve Woolf $ 20
» Dean $ 50
» sull $ 20
» Markus Sandy $ 20
» Daniel $ 25
» Ashley Hodson $ 10
» Mika Kiburz $ 20
» jean $ 25
» Peter Van Dijck $ 50
» carlos pareja $ 100
» Jeff $ 45
» Ryanne $ 30
» sara robertson $ 25
» Joe Valdez $ 75
» daniel liss $ 20
» Kent & Jen $ 20
» kath $ 20
» Paul $ N/A
» Olivia Valdez $ 75
» Columbia Post Production $ N/A
» Tyler Suchman $ 20
» Dave H. $ 12
» Ma and Pa $ 200
» Andre and Shannon Silva $ 50
» Markus $ 30
» phil campbell $ 30
» Jay $ 30
» Verdi $ 30

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43 Responses to “Lost In Light”

  1. not disclosed

    anonymous pledge Says:

    EVIL

  2. $ 20

    Beth Kanter Says:

    Go for it!

  3. $ 10

    lea davis Says:

    wish we could help more. ya’ll are amazing!

  4. $ 30

    bottomunion Says:

    I’d fund anything these two do. And please preserve super8 footage, and give it lots of tags, and high res versions…please make it highly searchable. I’m looking forward to when this thing really gets off the ground, just watching that proposal video is enough.

  5. $ 100

    alicia shay Says:

    don’cha mean ‘found in light’?

  6. pending

    Richard Says:

    The description sold me, what a cool project. And I know that these two are very good, so have confidence it will turn out great. I’m going to start searching for old tapes to have converted.

  7. $ 20

    rob parrish Says:

    Great project. Good luck!

  8. $ 50

    Dave Toole Says:

    This is a great business opportunity as well as such a valuable way to reignite the emotions around our memories.

    Dave

  9. $ 100

    Sarah Szalavitz Says:

    Rock On!

  10. $ 20

    Jan Says:

    This firmly brings the past into the present and film into the vlogosphere. Great project & good luck!

  11. $ 50

    irina slutsky Says:

    tronify

  12. $ 20

    Steve Woolf Says:

    Important that these works are not lost to time.

  13. pending

    Nikolai Pigarev Says:

    just a good idea

  14. $ 50

    Dean Says:

    Love it! What a freakin great idea.

  15. $ 20

    sull Says:

    the moving pictures that were captured from eras past have an everlasting quality and personality.
    its hard not to be mesmerized in a different light opposed to the sharp clear colored video we all are used to seeing everyday. the people and the stories that live within the footage that this project aims to preserve are also reason enough to want to help bring it all to light.

    this is a deep project that can have huge impact and a long life serving this important goal.

    i will donate more funds later if needed.

    sull

  16. $ 20

    Markus Sandy Says:

    I just had to kick it over the $1000 mark! :)

    Thanks to everyone for helping out. This is going to be a great site.

  17. $ 25

    Daniel Says:

    Good luck!

  18. $ 10

    Ashley Hodson Says:

    Can’t wait! Good Luck!

  19. $ 20

    Mika Kiburz Says:

    Jen and Aaron, you guys rock! this project sounds amazing! i really admire how passionate and invovled you two are in the world of film and spreading that passion, keep doin it!

  20. $ 25

    jean Says:

    brilliant idea, best of luck!

  21. lost in light at creativity/machine Says:

    […] check out the project’s proposal video for Have Money, Will Vlog […]

  22. $ 50

    Peter Van Dijck Says:

    Good luck, looking forward to it! I’m especially interested in the community aspects as well..

  23. $ 100

    carlos pareja Says:

    i hope your project comes through! my partner and i have several shoe boxes full of super 8 film from our captured youths just waiting to be transferred.
    good luck!

  24. $ 45

    Jeff Says:

    Great idea! Looking forward to seeing this.

  25. $ 30

    Ryanne Says:

    YEAH! can’t wait to see this start up!

  26. $ 25

    sara robertson Says:

    cool project Jen and Aaron…best of luck!

  27. $ 75

    Joe Valdez Says:

    This is such a great idea. There must be a silly number of people out there with 8mm gems in the attic or basement just collecting dust. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the images you and Jenn are able to screen. Good luck!

  28. $ 20

    daniel liss Says:

    beautiful idea…

  29. $ 20

    Kent & Jen Says:

    This will provide a great resource.

  30. $ 20

    kath Says:

    good luck with the project. looking forward to seeing the films people submit!

  31. Self-Reliant Filmmaking » Blog Archive » Lost in Light Says:

    […] In fact, as they state on the Lost in Light websites (HMWV site, official site), “we will provide free Super 8 and 8mm to video transfers to anyone who asks, in exchange for posting their video to the Lost in Light site and on the Internet Archive with their choice of Creative Commons licenses. In addition, Lost in Light will include articles and features by members of the filmmaking and film preservation communities, video tutorials for making 8mm films, as well as creative work, all with the goal of preserving and championing this important film format.” […]

  32. not disclosed

    Paul Says:

    Great project!

  33. $ 75

    Olivia Valdez Says:

    Good Luck. I’m always proud of your endeavors.

  34. not disclosed

    Columbia Post Production Says:

    Great idea! I have hours of footage from the 60’s through the 80’s that I’d love to share. Best of luck with this project!

    Steve Sharp
    Columbia Post Production

  35. $ 20

    Tyler Suchman Says:

    another great HMWV project!

  36. $ 12

    Dave H. Says:

    These are some of the smartest people in vlogging. This is a supercool project.

  37. $ 200

    Ma and Pa Says:

    Remember us when you’re rich and famous and we’re old and poor!
    And, find a job in Central Oregon…on a creek…with an in-law unit.

  38. $ 50

    Andre and Shannon Silva Says:

    Good luck from everyone at Silvacine!

  39. not disclosed

    Shannon Silva Says:

    Yeah Small Guage! Yeah Jen and Aaron! Good luck with everything you two.

    Shannon and Andre

  40. $ 30

    Markus Says:

    Another thing I love about this project is that Aaron and Jenn are doing it. They are talented and prolific film-makers and vloggers. If you have never checked out their work, you are in for a treat.

  41. $ 30

    phil campbell Says:

    Not really one to come up with fancy comments. Just hope the cash will go towards doing a good job and that you enjoy it. :) - all the best.

  42. $ 30

    Jay Says:

    I love that Jen and Aaron are becoming the bridge between the 8mm crowd and the videobloggers.
    8mm film wasnt something I used growing up…but i also share the love of how cool it looks.
    People using Super 8 were the videobloggers of their time (but without the blog).
    Now it all comes full circle.

  43. $ 30

    Verdi Says:

    Man this is a great project. I have some old and newish 8mm film I’d love to see again!