Monday, 23 March 2009

NY Magazine event

I'm flying back to NY from London on March 31 and will be promptly wisked into wedding event mayhem upon my return. Our first stop: the NY Magazine Wedding Event on April 1st. We're ready to meet some of the movers and shakers of the NY wedding industry. More event news to come...

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Living the Dream interview

I was recently interviewed by the excellent writer, Michelle Hainer for the Nicole Williams website about my job and running Hello Super 8. It's a great article and I was pleased to be a part of it.

You can read the article here:
Living the Dream: Megan Hill |

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Super 8 at the Sinatra Estate!

What an amazingly cool setting for a wedding—perfect for such a cool couple!

It was a dream to soak up the warm sunshine of the Palm Springs desert. California light is like none other, and ideal for shooting film. All those gorgeous retro-modern sensibilities had me drooling - from the homes to the furniture shops to the vintage Cadillacs cruising down the strip.

Hanging out at the Old Blue Eyes' estate was a treat. The day was spectacular and the attention to detail was immaculate, thanks to the wonderful Emily Kelly of Unscene, Inc.. Feast your eyes on this fantastic wedding:

Super 8 at the Sinatra Estate from Megan Hill on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Tessa & Greg's London wedding

Here are a few highlights from a superb wedding shot in London last year. They were keen to have black and white film as they thought it would add to the London vibe, and I think they were right!

Setting the scene was really fun— lived in a very cool area called Shoreditch which was full of street art (Banksy, Shepard Fairy, etc) which was excellent to capture. The wedding itself was a lovely day full of very welcoming friends and family.

Here is a glimpse of the day (set to one of my all-time favorite songs by Nina Simone):

Greg & Tessa's super 8 London wedding from Megan Hill on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Straight 8

I was just informed of the coolest film contest EVER. It's called Straight 8 and they are based in London. The concept is simple... anyone can enter. You just need to shoot roll (cartridge) of super 8 film, no editing, no re-takes and then send in the un-developed cartridge with a song/soundtrack you think might go with your film. The filmmakers never get a chance to see what they've done UNTIL the day they are projected (if they are chosen as a winner)! How friggin' cool is that?

Some of the results are stunning! Check out some of the films here.

This one in particular is lovely and amazing:

How did that do that IN camera? I love it! I think we should enter next year. :)

Monday, 2 March 2009

Update from London

I'm currently in London setting up shop over here. We've been busy busy busy getting all of our promotional materials ready to get the word out about Super 8 films!

Super 8 wedding films are relatively unknown over here so we've got our work cut out for us getting people hip to the fact that they can have their wedding filmed in a cool way! Cheesy videos are still the norm here but we're ready to SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS, letting people know that there IS a way to have your day beautifully shot, in an artful, cool and fun way.

A couple weeks ago, I spent my Saturday learning how to hand-process super 8 film at this very cool place called They are a of individuals dedicated to art of the moving image. The instructor, James Holcombe was a very passionate film artist and educator who really knew his stuff. He mainly worked with experimental film processing and showed us some super exciting examples... mostly French artists who had messed with different processes and got really cool results. Granted, I don't think many brides would want to see their wedding in bright green tones or ultra contrasty almost unrecognizable black and white but as art pieces they were very cool and super inspiring!

We went out shot a few rolls around Shoreditch, then came back and learned how to take the film from the cartridge onto spools in a dark room, then added a 3 chemical process, and then let the film dry on antiquated wire racks with clothes pins. It was so hands-on and I LOVED IT! Just like my old dark room days of photography. Granted, it's much easier to drop off your film to a lab and have it come back on a cool little mini-DV and pop it into the computer, BUT learning how it's done and doing it ourselves was fascinating.

After the film was dry, we threaded our masterpieces into an old projector and watched our films. It was lovely to have that "instant" gratification. Not quite DIGITAL but shooting that day and watching it in a few hours was amazing. Bright red London buses, gorgeous fluffy white clouds against blue skies, flapping wings of pigeons with a quarter open shutter, a cyclist in slow motion moving down Brick Lane, a florescent green kabab stand all in saturated grainy gorgeousness. I HEART SUPER 8! And so should you. :)
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