Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Straight8



Those of you who are interested in film-making may want to consider entering Straight8, the competition where you shoot a 3-minute film on a single cartridge of super 8 mm cine film. No editing allowed.

The clip above is pretty funny - it was the 2003 entry by Dave Buonaguidi, a talented creative whose career has encompassed stints CD'ing at St Luke's, 4Creative and Karmarama.

I do hope Stephen Hawking doesn't read this blog. Or his lawyers.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

you say there's no editing. there's bloody loads around the 2.40 mark.

cheat.

Scamp said...

Ah, to clarify, you can do editing 'in-camera'. In other words, it doesn't have to be a single take - you can stop and start the film whenever you want. You just can't edit it afterwards.

Matt said...

How is this funny scamp? Stephen Hawkings is gay and takes poppers? It's one step up from a crude note scrawled on a public toilet. Fucking hell. Disappointing.

Rocker Man said...

Straight8 is a harsh discipline. The technology allows no room for errors. For a generation brought up on tape, rewind, video-playback etc it's a tough call to edit something in the camera. Get it wrong - and it's a train wreck. Get it right - and Dave got it very right - it's a craft in its own right.

Not be to approached lightly.

Invented by a charming and clever man named Ed Sayer I think.

GOUT-LEGS said...

sorry matt.

but it's hilarious.

Anonymous said...

it is funny, non pc but funny

Anonymous said...

it is very funny. and I bet my granny's zimmer hawkings would laugh his calipers off...if he had them.

Anonymous said...

It's not funny. But if Juan Cabral had done it it'd be fucking hilarious.

Broken english writer said...

I've heard they send you the cartridge for free. So we can all ask for them, and keep them instead of sending something.
why? don't know.
www.bathblogging.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

it costs money to enter the straight8 competition. and juan cabral wouldn't be able to make a fucking hilarious one. he's never made anything that is hilarious. interesting yes. hilarious, no. also, hes not known for dialogue based scripts either which helps to make something truly funny, generally.

brake dollinge said...

saw this years ago.

I loved it then, and I love it now.

whether it's funny or not - it fuckin' well IS, btw - is only part of it.

it's a proper idea. it takes the limitations of the medium, crumples them into a little ball and dunks it like kobe bryant. it's a creative solution to a restriction. learn away, companeros.

also, straight 8 m ACE and ed sayz iZ SXY.

Sell! Sell! said...

The good thing about straight 8 is that it's about just having a go and being resourceful with the limitations. That's what I like about this film - the idea is simple and funny.
We're writing ours at the moment. No idea how it will come out, but it's great fun trying.
Dave's a very talented, top bloke.

David Buonaguidi said...

Matt, I hope I never meet you.
Stop wanking so much.

Anonymous said...

But can Juan Cabral do banners, eh? Bloody dinosaur - he'll be on the dole within three months if he doesn't get with the program pretty sharpish - you mark my words...

john w. said...

Not one person was up for shooting you, Scamp?
That is a surprise.

Rocker Man said...

Now that's your Straight8 film right there Scamp - Dave vs Matt.

Unless Matt owns some very scary weapons my money's on the big fella...

steve's lawyer said...

Dear Mr Veksner,

My client would like to express his enormous dismay that you have decided to put this thing with the cat up on your blog.

Give us a new set of tyres or another one of those ads like that shitty BT one he did a while back and we'll call it quits.

Cheers

Jonty Farquarson QC

Anonymous said...

Sorry Matt, but I think you're on your own here. Did a placement at Karmarama & found Dave to be bloody funny & and an all round good bloke too.(brown nosing anonymously is pointless before you all start)the film made me laugh. The idea of Steven H's cat giving his views on his owner is bloody funny...and if it's supposed to be crude at points to be completely at odds with the straight laced genius we see/read about. Would you prefer Quantum physics related gags? Bloody hilarious I'm sure

Anonymous said...

No, Matt isn't on his own. You people must own your own box set of Hale & Pace.

Anonymous said...

Nope, Matt definitely isn't on his own - much as Bono would like to suggest that he's an onanist... And I'm not sure that just because Dave's generally 'funny and an all round good bloke' (which by all accounts he is) gives him the divine right to get it spot on every time, does it? (Anon 10.55 - did you get a job at Karmarama...? If not your feelings for Dave obviously weren't reciprocated...) Anyway, not only is this not funny, it's pretty badly lit too...

Anonymous said...

Hello Anon 12.34, I'm Anon 10.55.

Nope. I didn't get a job at Karmarama. I was younger & shitter than I am now. Maybe Dave didn't like me as a Creative or a person, but that doesn't stop me thinking he's a funny or decent bloke.

Assuming you now have a job, did you become embittered when a placement didn't turn into a job?
Strange career choice if you did.

...& no, being a funny/decent bloke doesn't give him a divine right to get it spot on every time. However, as far as I'm concerned this time he is spot on. It made me laugh. Humour is subjective. Deal with it.

Dave B's secretary said...

Anon 1.31 - It wasn't that Dave didn't like you as a person, it was just the way you followed him around like a puppy laughing really loudly at all his jokes that really pissed him off.

billybonds said...

i thought it was funny, too. i loved the super-dooper wheelchair prop. and how the heck did you keep the cat still all that time? a nail gun?

nice 1 dave.

to matt, anon 12.10 and anon 12.34 - what is funny, then? enlighten us people with less sophisticated funny bones than yourselves, please.

Anonymous said...

Duldulldulldulldull: there's nothing so certain as the scattering of four letter words to have you advertising tossers laughing; and why does the cat talk in SH's voice? St Lukes was always over rated.

Matt said...

Christ almighty what a response! Sorry to have grossly offended people with my opinion.

Just because I don't find this funny why must I, and I quote:

'enlighten us people with less sophisticated funny bones than yourselves, please.'

By no means am I suggesting I have a more sophisticated sense of humor than the people who read this, I simply didn't find this funny.

Much like I didn't care for the recent Mr Strings campaign that Scamp also heaped praise on.

Fucking hell.

billybonds said...

sorry mate. wasn't having a pop.
i was just interested to know what you found funny, seeing as you thought dave's effort, shot and edited on a cine camera and dubbed blind, was so 'fucking hell. disappointing'.

Matt said...

Fair point - perhaps a tad over the top.

ed straight 8 said...

hi steve
thanks for posting this classic straight 8 and spawning more blog vitriol.

respectfully suggesting two more here for comment - 'the last trip' made in 08 by a cardiologist. since when were they supposed to be creative? loads of clever in camera editing and sfx techniques.

and at the other end of the scale, by a creative in paris for an event in 03... one shot NO EDITS, a thin idea. but funny. or is it? 'jour de gloires'...

(i still haven't forgiven you for going with acne, not me, for the world cup rugby ad way back when - one of my last directing pitches. cheers)

ed
the last trip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXQMQaADMV8
jour de gloires: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vgRd0YOfGE

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 4:36pm, let me enlighten you. The cat is sitting on Steven's new chair (the one that reads out his brain signals through his buttocks). The cat is sitting on this chair. The chair is reading out his thoughts. The voice is that of a computer and not Steven Hawkin's personal voice.