Re: reliable super8 rewind method

From: Roger Beebe (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Nov 15 2007 - 12:59:37 PST


If memory serves, we Frameworkers went through this a year or two ago
& determined that because of the way the s8 cartridge is constructed
(co-axial with a core only on the take up side & the film "loose" on
the feed side) that they're not really made for backwinding. That
said, there are a number of cameras that will do limited backwinding
(short runs of a few seconds). I'm pretty sure the Nikon R10 is one
of those, but I know there are others. (Check the super 8 wiki for
details about a million other camera models:

And I know that despite the hostile cartridge design, it is possible
to rewind an entire roll. Matt Andronica, a filmmaker in Chapel Hill
(10 years ago) did a pretty amazing triple exposure film where he
masked the gate at each pass, so that you had a three-way split
screen. I think he had a legendary device for backwinding that I've
never seen. I believe it involves cracking open the cartridges, but
here I'm in over my head. Anyone else actually ever see one of these
devices? I don't remember anyone stepping up last time this thread
ran its course on F'works.


On Nov 15, 2007, at 2:22 PM, Katherin McInnis wrote:

> Hi,
> A question from a student: is there a relatively reliable way to
> rewind (and double-expose) super8 film in a cartridge?
> thanks!
> Katherin McInnis
> email suppressed
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