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Winner of Kodak “Super 8 Without Borders” Contest Announced

Friday, September 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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The Super 8 Team at Kodak would like to extend our sincere thanks to the filmmakers, artists and educators of the UFVA who participated in the “Super 8 Without Borders” essay contest. Your love for the look and feel of real film and the excitement around our new Super 8 camera came through in every essay. We appreciate your insights and share your passion for teaching the discipline and craft that film demands. It was a privilege to read your thoughtful, emotional dissertations on film.
Congratulations to Kevin Roy of Eastern Oregon University and his essay titled “The Grain of History” as our Winner and recipient of one of the first Kodak Super 8 cameras to come to market. The UFVA will make his essay available online for everyone to read and can also be found on, and it is included below.
Rich Tavtigian
VP Strategic Partnerships
Eastman Kodak Company

The Grain of History
by Kevin Roy, Associate Professor, Eastern Oregon University

The re-imagination of Kodak Super 8 offers the next generation of educators and artists the opportunity to examine the vast and rich aesthetic tradition that Kodak invented and artists defined. Broadened now are the possibilities for media artists working across the ever-evolving spectrum of filmmaking, visual art and new media, to experiment, discover and write the 21st century’s language of visual expression. Thus, students and educators can look forward and back, to advance the century-long discussion that explores cinematography’s creative processes and aesthetic concerns.

Kodak film is a magic canvas. Its unique built-in luminescent palette of color, tonal value, and texture offers a range of creative options that inspires the imaginations of artists. From this palette, film grain is understood to be a critical compositional ingredient of artistic expression. Is there ever thoughtful consideration of the film image that does not contemplate “the grain?” Post-Impressionist Georges Seurat even went so far as to paint the grain into his pointillist masterpieces. Peppering across screen, the grain is kinetic energy that can convey visual ideas with psychological force, subtle yet powerful. It can be exaggerated or restrained, enhanced or softened, in the same way a musician modulates the dynamics of their instrument. Thus, the grain energizes the audience.

With Kodak’s innovation of Super 8, educators can now teach beyond the glut of transitory electronic formats and inevitable technological obsolescence. We can teach the heightened level of care required to create images on film, awakening students to just how precious the image is and sensitizing them to the expanded palette film offers. And because film is archival, its aesthetic is historical yet timeless, affording instructional and learning opportunities that thread the long history of motion picture imaging to the future.