Consistent and High Ranking Show
“The Home Movie Legacy Project continues to be one of the most consistent and highest ranking shows on our entire network. Through Rhonda’s warm approach and industry experience, she has become a trusted friend to her followers wishing to protect their most cherished memories.”
– Dave Pratt, owner of Star Worldwide Networks and member of the Radio Hall of Fame.
“This information learned through the Home Movie Legacy Certification Program has been invaluable to my practice. Although we only touched the tip of the iceberg, I now feel so much more onfident discussing options with my clients. My level of understanding allows me to ‘teach’ which is an important aspect of any photo organizing business. I am eager to begin helping clients with their
home movie legacies and am SO GLAD I decided to take this course. Rhonda’s personality and enthusiasm made it an absolute pleasure to log on each week. The format allowed for questions with both experts, Rhonda and Phil, available to provide answers and input. Thank you for your patience and sensitivity, your informative sessions that provided just the right amount of new knowledge (it was almost as if you could see our eyes glazing over!), and sharing your passion of preserving family legacies.”
– Deb Soutar, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Home Movies are a part of our legacy – as important as our photo collection. And as the saying goes “Knowledge is Power”! I now feel confident in being able to advise clients on a whole range of issues regarding their home movies, how to best transfer, preserve, and re-purpose this priceless footage. Fantastic course-the knowledge you gain is so important in helping clients make decisions that will impact the irreplaceable – their memories! Thank You Rhonda!”
Owner & Chief Story Teller
Certified Photo Organizer
Home Movie Certified
Broadened My Understanding of Video Preservation
“Through my experience on the Women’s Film Preservation Fund committee, combined with preserving my own home legacy materials over the years, I have a certain level of understanding about film preservation, digital access and the importance of it all. Your Home Movie Legacy Certification Program, however, has not only broadened my understanding of conserving and making accessible personal audio visual legacies, but the class made it interesting, fun and comprehensible. This is a course that anyone, with or without previous knowledge, can grasp and make sense of. It is for any professional who does this kind of consultation work, as well as anyone interested in preserving their home movies properly, sharing it with friends and family and/or the public at large. Home Movie Legacy and Pro8mm have created valuable resources through all their outreach efforts.”
– Kirsten Larvick, Co-Chair of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund
“I am so pleased that I decided to take this Home Movie Certification Class. It has enriched my knowledge of Home Movie Transfer. Rhonda is an excellent teacher and walks you through the process with ease and clarity. This is a must for all Photo Organizers even if film editing is not something you want to venture into. Just the knowledge will help you sell a better product to your client.”
– Regina Sanchez , Professional Organizer
Excited About New Knowledge
“Taking this class in Home Movie Education was so worthwhile! As a personal photo organizer I have clients who have inquired about what to do with their old movies. I am so excited to have learned enough to be confident about the knowledge I share as well as the enthusiasm to get connected to their past. I encourage all photo organizers to take this class.”
-Jennie Griggs , Photo Ogranizer
“I really hope that your work resonates with people who don’t realize that home movies could and should be an invaluable and incomparable legacy for future generations. They are how our grand kids and other future family members and friends will know who we were, what we did and how we lived. It can be more than personal histories. The documentary called Jews in America: An American Dream makes extraordinary use of archival footage which traces how the evolution of the national past-time, baseball, influenced the assimilation of Jewish immigrants and their families into life in America. There are amazing clips from home movies, including Hank Greenberg, who was the first Jewish baseball player to earn national acclaim. Green- berg caused a stir in 1934, when he chose not to play in an important game on the high holiday of Yom Kippur, while his team was engaged in a tight race for the pennant. The words are augmented with home movie images taken of Greenberg with his family on that day. The expression on his face and his body language speaks louder than words. You feel like you are there with him.”
—Bob Fisher, Cine Journalist
“It’s a well known fact……
“……that Steven Spielberg, undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, began his movie career shooting in Super 8 There were many reasons for this, such as cost and the availability of low-priced highly portable hardware, but more importantly, it also led on to bigger things. These thoughts were brought to mind by the announcement of the publication of a new book for the Super-8 aficionado who wishes to continue with his or her filming, whilst maintaining equipment to the highest possible working condition in order to make this possible Pro8mm’s, delightful and enthusiastic, Rhonda Vigeant has just announced the publication of her new book called Get “REEL” About Your Home Movie Legacy, and sub-headed …Before It’s Too Late!” In this Rhonda offers practical tips to care for your old film reels, best practices for digitizing and a clear call to action for creating and sharing a home movie legacy that lives! This includes how found footage is being used both for professional production, and personal enjoyment. In fact you’ll find everything you need to know about keeping your Super-8 equipment running in tip-top condition. You may not be a budding Spielberg, or not even a pro director, but that equipment you own is still worth caring for: who knows where it might lead you? Rhonda and the team at Pro8mm are doing their level best to keep Super-8 equipment alive and running, and often gong one better by actually improving those original products. A visit to their website will prove the point:
So there you have it – or will do, if your take care of it! “
– TONY SHAPPS Editor, AV FOCUS email@example.com
I love having these, it feels like having him around again
“At my Dad’s memorial reception, I had three big screen TVs and two laptops showing the home movie footage which you so beautifully transferred playing off a Blu- ray disc. I had set it up so as you went around the room, you followed a timeline. I had also made display boards with photos and other memorabilia, plus some of his memoirs that I had put together. It was wonderful and truly honored his life in the way I had wanted. The memorial was truly unforgettable to everyone who came. My husband got inspired by the outstanding work you did and dug his own home movies (and early shorts and features!) out of storage. In addition, my cousins found some more 8mm movies my Dad took of his family in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, right before he got into the war. I’m trying to get my hands on those, too. I love having these because it feels like having him around again. He was EXACTLY the same (in spirit, silliness and behavior!) at 90 as he was at 20!”
—Melissa Jo Peltier, New York City
Gave my movies a wonderful fresh new life
“Pro8mm took my high school movies and memories and gave them wonderful fresh new life in High Definition in time for a clip from my Macbeth adaptation to make it into my online profile in The Atavist. (Their issue #7, Blindsight was a Top-Ten Amazon Kindle Bestseller the first four weeks of publication, so many people enjoyed it.) A great service, giving new life to 8mm. Thank you for the great work!”
—Simon Lewis, Author, Rise and Shine, co-producer, Look Who’s Talking
Pro8mm did a fantastic job
“STAR Foundation had 8mm footage shot in the 1960s of the Light of Israel Temple in Rochester, New York being built as well as the dedication and opening night bash. We transferred the film in High-Definition with Pro8mm, and quite honestly, it never looked so good. What is also intriguing is that everyone had a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other. It looked like a real episode of Mad Men. The content went to numerous Jewish and historic foundations for national cataloging and archiving. Pro8mm did a fantastic job. Only a professional transfer at this level could bring that era back to life.”
—Allan J. Schollnick, Post Supervisor for STAR Foundation (Sephardi Traditions and Recreation), Post Production, Technical Strategist
Chressanthis Family 8mm Home Movie Legacy
I received a call from my brother Frank.
“I found something of Mom’s I think you would like to know about.”
Our mother, Angeline, had passed away a few weeks before. The family had gone through her belongings, donating to charity and sharing her treasured family photos that stretched back to before the First World War, the photos of her Greek immigrant father, his brothers, her grandparents, aunts and uncles. Frank was cleaning up the last bits in her home when he found a box in the back of a closet.
“What did you find?”
www.homemovielegacy.com | 13“Well, it’s a little yellow Kodachrome box, pretty old. It says October, 1951, 112 River Street Troy, New York.”
“Open it,” I said.
There was a pause, and then Frank laughed.
“It’s film. It’s a roll of movie film.”
“Super 8 or 8 mm. It smells good, like it’s fresh.”
“Frank, carefully unroll a little bit and hold it to the light.”
“There’s not much there. It’s like all black.”
“Listen, don’t look at any more. Roll it up and FedEx it to me. There’s a company I use for Super 8mm and they are the best to deal with this.”
I had a hunch about what the film might be but did not tell my brother.
Two days later the FedEx arrived and I took out the little yellow box. As I unspooled a few feet, it indeed had the fragrance of new film. It was regular 8mm Kodachrome and very, very black. Yet, as I held the strand of film to the sun and squinted through a magnifying loupe, I could make out the figure of a woman. I rolled up the film and took it to Phil and Rhonda Vigeant at Pro8mm with whom I had made a telecine appointment.
I had used Pro8mm for several music video and movie projects where we wanted the look of 8mm or Super 8mm or a unique effect. Particularly evocative had been my use of Super 8mm on the pilot for American Family, starring Edward James Olmos, and the ABC movie Brian’s Song. On American Family, we shot at 9 frames per second and telecine transferred at 6 and 12 frames per second, sometimes creating home movies that magically removed twenty years of age from Eddie Olmos for evocative scenes like the candle-lit funeral of Sonia Braga’s character that was a quasi-El Greco, fluid impressionist painting come to life.
On Brian’s Song, we made home movies of young Brian Piccolo and Walter Payton playing football with their fathers. Later in the film, when Piccolo underwent painful chemotherapy, we used Super 8mm shot thru a large distorting lens at low frame rates and again transferred at different rates to twist and distend his face and body as he went through the ordeal.
Phil Vigeant put Frank’s film onto the specially modified telecine. This is the same machine used in 35mm work for the movie industry, but modified to transfer super 8 film. As we watched it was evident that this roll had never been projected. It was absolutely clean and lacking any dirt or scratches and very, very under exposed. Phil adjusted the telecine and turned up to maximum the amount of light pushing through the positive reversal stock.
And there she was: My mother, Angeline, smiling on her wedding day, descending the staircase at Aunt Joan’s house in October 1951, her shimmering dress with its long train held by her sister, my Aunt Mary, only twelve in an embarrassing hat and outfit. Suddenly the scene shifted outside and there, laughing and smiling, were my grandparents, Frank and Bessie, my mother’s parents, her brother Jimmy, tough and sleek in his Kansas City hustler suit, and then Aunt Joan laughing with her sister Bessie. The Oldsmobile and Chrysler cars were shiny and new on that lush Indian summer morning. No Uncle Phillip, Joan’s husband, so he must have taken the film. Phillip was a great shirt designer (to two Presidents) but apparently no photographer, for though he framed and focused well, his exposures were a disaster. I said to Phil that it was so underexposed that Uncle Phillip probably gave it to my parents with his apologies and no one ever bothered to even look at it. Certainly my mother never mentioned the existence of the film.
The scene shifted again, apparently post-wedding. There is a photography studio and my parents are in silhouette, mother’s wedding dress train on the ground. Then the scene shifted again and I see the entire wedding party! Here on this one piece of film are all my grand- parents, my father’s parents, Mary and George, his brother, John, and sister, Dorothy, all so young, and the flower girl, my cousin Denise, who must be only 8 or 9 years old. I realize that there is no other movie film of these people and that this was the only time that all these relatives from both sides of my family had come together.
The final scene is at the wedding dinner and the camera panned the faces of everyone present. I can see that my Yiayia and Popou, Mary and George, always the picture of sobriety, have had a little too much to drink but they are all smiling, younger than I ever remembered them and everyone is so, so happy.
—James Chressanthis, ASC, www.chressanthis.com
Keep up the great work and thanks for professional advice!
I have subscribed to your newsletters for a year now and enjoy them very much. I am getting close to starting a project and have confidence you and Pro8mm will do the best job possible, thanks to you and your consultative approach. It made me feel comfortable with selecting you to handle the precious archives of the best memories of my youth – surfing exotic and protected spots.
I appreciate you for explaining the price structure, best options, finished product, quality and time line for completed projects. That was very helpful.
I am going to engage in a multi-step process to get all of my super 8’s put on the highest quality digital format possible. I literally have a suitcase full of old reels. Most on 3 minute spools and a half dozen or more on the larger multi-reel spools that I spliced with antiquated, but cool retro, splicing machinery. (Got sick of the time it took to change 3 minute spools in the pre-video days). Plus, when the reel would freeze on the bulb and that sacred moment was burned into oblivion well that was the end of old reel shows for me with my friends! I’m sure you have heard this type of story many times before.
Keep up the great work and thanks for your professional advice. I look forward to working with you on the conversion of my late 1970’s and early 1980’s vintage surf videos.
Funny how just thinking about filming those times, I instantly feel 30 years younger! I can see myself as that inspired kid/ film hobbyist that was dreaming about this being my career, but never got it going because other things got in the way of the vision. I am very excited about making this happen. Thanks for reading. Maybe it’s never too late? hoping so…