Category Archives: RETROfilm

My Next Toy

Despite all the naïve controversy stirred up by digital snobs, I’m getting pretty excited about Kodak’s new Super 8mm movie camera and film processing model.

This gadget will fit in nicely with my Scenario RETROfilm business plan, allowing me to integrate new interviews or other nostalgic footage into home movies that are 50 years old, preserving the same retro aesthetic without some cheap digital filter.

You can learn more about it on Kodak’s website. I love their processing model. You buy the film in 50-foot cartridges. It’s expensive, but that includes shipping, digital processing and hosting. That allows you to begin working with your footage before you get the physical film back from the lab.

The camera should roll out in October at between $2,500 and $3,000. There are four types of film cartridge, priced at $30. There are also interchangeable lens and lots of connectivity options. Super 8 Sound always sucked, but you can plug a digital microphone into this camera and capture audio on an SD card.

This is all a godsend for those of us who grew up living and breathing Super 8, turning our parents’ garages into studios.

RETROfilm Intro

Feeling polarized?

November is coming. That means elections and Thanksgiving dinner, which bring anxiety and stress for many Americans today.

You’ve probably asked yourself how we got here, facing our siblings and parents down across the social, political and cultural divides that only seem to widen with each news cycle, post and tweet.

Sociologists say we’re the products of our environment. Sure, everyone’s family dynamic was different growing up. You’re a baby boomer who fought in Vietnam and your brother is a pacifist. But you were also the same in many respects. You both still love country music and baseball, right? We have the power to redefine what it means to be family…

But we’ve all forgotten how much common ground we share.

Meanwhile, your old home movies are slowing disintegrating. Your amateur 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm films may be dusty, moldy and scratched — but they still tell a compelling story. The story of us.

Let us help you tell that story before it gets lost to time.

At Scenario RETROfilm, we believe that when families, neighborhoods and cultures take the time to share their stories, through laughter and tears, we naturally become more human. We start to understand each other. We break down tribal barriers. We start to care again. We cooperate for the common good.

We heal as a family and a nation.

Scenario RETROfilm is gearing up to help you tell your stories through your own treasure trove of film. If you’re lucky — and old enough — you probably have a pile of film reels stashed away in some attic, basement or closet.

We will carefully transfer your old films to state-of-the-art digital videos. We’ll organize them, curate them, edit them lovingly, and find just the right music to accompany them. Sometimes funny, sometimes somber, but always avant-garde.

Then we’ll help you find a hosting plan or another easy way to share them with your friends and family.

Our rate for VIP-level service is only $1 per second of finished film. Yes, that’s $60 per minute or $3,600 per hour. And what you’ll get is not just a home movie — but a documentary.

We’ve done hundreds of RETROfilms, but here are some samples:

We at Scenario RETROfilm hereby declare each November to be #NationalHomeMovieMonth, and the weekend before each national election to be #NationalHomeMovieWeekend.

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