A short story. I went out with my Super8 camera for the first time loaded with Kodak Tri X 7266 (how can you go wrong with that?) the other day. First stop was at Subway for lunch. Right as I walked in there was a gentleman with his family eating at the table in front of me, and my camera caught his eye. The Conversation went roughly like this.
Gentleman: “Wow, is that an old movie camera?”
Me: “Yes, It’s an older Super 8.”
Gentleman: “Does it use film?”
Gentleman: “Ah lots of people nowadays like the film look; do you like film better?”
Me: “Well, I mean I have projectors for it already, and I thought it would be fun for the family to watch a film with the projector.”
Gentleman: “Yeah that’s cool, what are you filming anyway? You can be like Buster Keaton.”
Me: “Why Buster Keaton? I do know who you are talking about, the silent film actor, he’s funny.”
Gentleman: “Buster Keaton used to come up here every summer, he used to stay at The Bluff and hang out there all the time.”
Me: “Really! now that’s news to me.”
Gentleman: ” See you should take your camera around town, if anyone ask, you just tell them you are Buster Keaton’s nephew!
That’s quite an interesting conversation, and no wonder I have a super 8 movie of Buster Keaton I acquired from a local thrift store, recently. That is starting to make sense. Remember, if anybody asks, I am Buster Keaton’s nephew!
Update: I found the marker.