Why Super 8?
Even before the commercial filmcopy developed into a mass product with the introduction of the videotape, there was already an exclusive offer of film copies for home use. The Super 8 medium already made it possible to play (cinema) films in the private living room as early as the 1970s.
Due to its unique, media-specific aesthetics, off2 preserves this unusual fragment of a media evolution and puts it in the public focus. Similar to (the revival) of the analog record as a counterpoint to the dematerialized audio file, the acetate and polyester based film copy positions itself diametrically to the current digital aesthetics of the high-resolution streaming film.
With its characteristic film grain, the running stripes, the various aging processes, and the form of presentation using mechanical film projectors, the Super 8 film offers a nostalgic, lively film reception and an exceptional film experience.
That’s why Super 8!
In addition to the technical requirements, the current unique position here is based – and especially – on the content-related shortening of the original products: complete cinema movies (due to enormous material costs) condensed to run lengths of 51, 34, 17 or even 8 minutes! The traceability of the plot and the preservation of distinctive moments are always at the center of high-quality compression. In this way, an entertaining dynamic unfolds – even for films to which this property can not actually be attributed …
off2 presents – within a controlled setting – well-known (and now completely unknown) digests, cartoons or documentaries in a completely new old form, reduced to the maximum: whether trash, science fiction, horror, humor or thriller. In cooperation with cultural professionals, off2 organizes creative film evenings that go far beyond a simple projection of film.
off2– flexible, varied and always concise!
A jewel in the middle of the French capital
In January 2020 there was an opportunity to visit Fred in his Boulevard du Ciné. Before the Corona lockdown, however, Paris was shut down by massive strikes at the time, due to plans to reform the pension system. Local transport had almost completely come to a standstill, and for small businesses and self-employed people whose customers do not come from the pedestrian environment, this restriction was already a difficult situation. . .
Nevertheless, we were received by Fred with an almost contagious optimus and an honest warmth. We talked about his love for the format, his shop and the Super 8 scene in France. A very sympathetic encounter.
Little commercial of the Boulevard du Ciné at YouTube.
Part I of the interview
Part II of the interview
Part III of the interview