Super 8 Today, Issue #15

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Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by sciolist » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:21 pm

Has anyone received issue #15 of Super 8 Today? It seems to me that it's been a long time since issue #14 was published.

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by Davideo » Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:37 pm

Last one I got was #14...#15 hasn't arrived here yet,

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by aj » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:53 pm

I ordered a set of back-issues some time ago. Handling that took like 8 weeks and I had to make several reminder calls. Otherwise I would still be waiting.
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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by Tyler » Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:37 am

Have you called and asked when issue #15 is coming out?? Seems like #14 came out quite awhile ago..

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by sciolist » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:28 pm

Issue #15 of Super 8 Today arrived in today's mail, but along with it came an announcement that #16 would be the final issue. The publisher explained that there were too few subscribers and too little advertising revenue to sustain the magazine - the same reasons smallformat ceased publication not long ago.

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by reflex » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:41 pm

Thanks for passing along the sad news, sciolist.

I think Chris did an admirable job in a very tough and shrinking market. I tip my hat to him.
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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by woods01 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:43 am

Wasn't there a brief talk about the two magazines merging? Too bad but not really unexpected. The magazines were just too niche to have much of a market and the magazine marketplace is getting pretty ruthless. I think if they had gone for more of an indie/art film magazine approach they might have had a bit more of a chance of surviving.

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by reflex » Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:43 am

woods01 wrote:I think if they had gone for more of an indie/art film magazine approach they might have had a bit more of a chance of surviving.
The modern indie/art scene includes a lot of excellent video work as well as film. Pure film fanatics might not have liked that, although it would have tapped into a much larger audience and advertising base.
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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by Davideo » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:34 pm

Real disappointed in the magazine's demise. I show it to clients and friends for validation of Super 8mm in today's world.

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by etimh » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:58 pm

Davideo wrote:Real disappointed in the magazine's demise. I show it to clients and friends for validation of Super 8mm in today's world.
Me too, Davideo. I often surprized and then convinced many of my students that Super 8 was alive and a valid choice for their films by giving them a complimentary copy of Super8 Today.

And the fact that it, like smallformat, is an actual hard copy journal, was essential. All this talk of going online with it was just lame, as Chris himself says in the farewell letter--just no interest in it at all.

So it simply won't be the same trying to convince people of the legitimacy of Super 8 by referring them to a bunch of websites. The internet is so incredibly PLAYED.8)

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by woods01 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:25 am

reflex wrote:The modern indie/art scene includes a lot of excellent video work as well as film. Pure film fanatics might not have liked that, although it would have tapped into a much larger audience and advertising base.
But that sacrifice would have been totally worth it. There are plenty of video artists interested in film, be it video to film issues and there are artists still exploring the intricacies of analog video. I'm not aware of there being any magazines that explore the film as art aspect other than the tiny self published zines of film co-ops and university film programs.

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by cubdukat » Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:20 am

It's a real shame. I only have one issue of "Super 8 Today," but I was very impressed. I feel bad that I didn't subscribe; it might still be around today.

Time to start scarfing up back issues...
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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by aj » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:56 am

Don't know what is the chicken or the egg. I.e. what makes it go down. The magazine wasn't too bad. Different but actually still no match for Smallformat. Or the slowness in publishing and handling business. I suppose it isn't easy in a one half man operation.

But considering how business was done on my pile of back-issue order I am not amazed publishing is to cease. Ordering $100 of goods could at first not interest the publisher. Emails just don't get answered. Then after a revived order and a full payment I had to remind three times before receiving anything. Then the issues were all sent in a separate envelope instead of a much more economic bundle in a USPS flatrate. Thus burning $40 extra needlessly on shipping. When asked: this was because he didn't want to wait in a queue at the post-office.
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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by Davideo » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:03 am

Just got issue #15 and read the letter from the publisher.

Let's bombard him with several articles and letters to make the last issue #16 the biggest one ever. He's willing to add extra pages if necessary.

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Re: Super 8 Today, Issue #15

Post by Davideo » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:03 am

Just got issue #15 and read the letter from the publisher.

Let's bombard him with several articles and letters to make the last issue #16 the biggest one ever. He's willing to add extra pages if necessary.

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