“Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper” –Jean Cocteau
1) Learning in itself is good.
2) I am not a professional but an enthusiast.
Why do you want to do this?
Everything begins with an idea. Aim the story at your strengths and your budget. Location and talent. Every project is a learning experience.
From: “Low Budget or Outsider Filmmaking” By Terry Cronin
[…] For the micro-budget filmmaker, Super 8 is the absolute best option. I have shot a lot of stuff on video because I couldn’t even afford Super 8 film at the time. But none of my shot-on-video movies look as cool as the stuff I’ve shot on Super 8. I\’d do another feature on Super 8 in a heartbeat! But don’t let lack of funds ever stop you from creating. If you can’t afford the film and processing for Super 8, then by all means, shoot video. The only sin is to sit on your butt and do nothing.
[Article from MicrocinemaScene.com Stanze on Super 8 Filmmaking By Eric Stanze and Captain Chambers Sep 11, 2004 – source: www.microcinemascene.com Stanze on Super 8 Filmmaking]
8mm filmmaking has a long history as part of avant garde or experimental filmmaking. Some love the intimacy of the small size, others found that the portability of the cameras allowed them to film the forbidden. But marketed as a consumer medium, 8mm was widely available for “home movies,” and that put the filmmaking apparatus in the hands of people who may not have been designated artists by the dominant culture. […]
[Snatch From: “Avant Gauge” | Source: http://www.mixnyc.org/1998/avant.html]