Much to my surprise, all my super 8 footage is usable. Here are a few screenshots just looking through the (very) big Quicktime file.
In fact, I wonder just what I’ve gotten myself into with these 4K log scans I got. The above screenshots were much flatter, but I just brought them into Photoshop and added my standard still photography adjustments. Now while evidently I can do somewhat the same taking video clips into Premiere or After Effects, it’s a steep learning curve for me and hasn’t been going too smoothly. My only other option at the moment is to use the settings in Final Cut Pro X which are more rudimentary, with unsatisfying results.
I ended up sending my film to Pro8mm in California instead of my local stop, Cinemalab in Denver, which gave me more options than I needed, but also a better price all around. Still I think that instead of 4K log scans, I’d have been better off with something that included their in-house color correction but I never asked how much that would cost. I didn’t plan on using Pro8mm, but it turns out that Cinemalab, despite what they say on their website, does not offer super 8 processing.
So what will all this mean? I suppose the final film won’t look quite as good as it has the potential to, honestly. But then 20 years from now I can hire a professional to do the work for the re-release and charge you all more money to buy it.