Behind the lens: Jamie Noakes

Welcome to our second interview! This time we will be interviewing Jamie Noakes, someone who’s been a huge support to this project since day one! He’s a fountain of amazing super 8 knowledge and has been a huge help to us so we decided to help you get to know him a bit better. Enjoy!

Jake: I know who you are and I’m sure a lot of our followers know you too! But for anyone that’s new to the Super 8 community and doesn’t know you, could you just tell us who you are and what you do? 
Jamie: My name is Jamie Noakes, and I’m a part time filmmaker/ part time film educator.I moved to Sweden from England 12 years ago. I started working with film and young people 20 years ago, and have continued to do so here in Sweden.

Jake: Jumping straight into the questions, what would you say is your favorite super 8 camera?
Jamie: My goodness, this is the hardest question to answer! There are so many! Each one is my favorite for what it does in a certain situation. For many years, I would have said the Canon 1014xl-s. I shot with one for over 15 years, and it’s heavy! I am happily using Minolta XL 84 in it’s place. It’s a wonderful camera – good looking – easy to use, with a really nice lens which is almost as sharp as the one on the Canon. I would probably consider the Minolta XL 84 to be a favorite. That and the Nizo 561 Macro, which is my favorite travel camera. Does everything the 801 macro does, but with a shorter lens – making it more compact for travel! I guess I haven’t really answered your question there have I?

Jake: So what originally drew you to analogue photo/video?  
Jamie: Well, I got my first camera aged 9 in 1982. I never really went digital. So I have pretty much shot analogue ever since. But Super 8 is my most favorite medium. It captures the world I see in my mind. I have always been a daydreamer, so I guess that’s why I like it so much.

Jake: Here’s a random question we like to ask everyone. On a scale of one to 10, how weird would you say you are?   Jamie: Probably a 5!

Jake: What do you do for work?  
Jamie: A mixture of office work and teaching film to young people.


Jake: Apart from shooting super 8, what hobbies do you enjoy?                                                                                                                Jamie: I like languages and history. When I’m not thinking about or shooting super 8, I’m reading up on history or languages.Living in Sweden, I speak Swedish as my second language.

Jake: I know you have a few super 8 cameras, do you have any other cameras? 
Jamie: I have lots of 35mm Stills cameras, as well as a few super 8 cameras! I don’t have as many as I once had, it’s become so expensive to shoot film these days. I can’t afford to put film through them all. They really need to be used regularly to keep then running at all!

Jake: What projects have you got going on now or in the future?
Jamie: I’m currently working on a short pilot film about ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) which my son has. Which I am hoping to pitch as a teaching aid for parents with children who have the condition. I’m also trying to get a regular mini super 8 documentary profile on instagram of the ground. However, I will continue to post as @super8_jamie on instagram.

Jake: Another random question for you! What’s your favorite decade of music? 
Jamie: Probably the 1970s. I discovered music in that decade as a small child. My first hero was Gary Numan, I loved his song “Cars” when it came out in 1979. Many years later in 2007, when my son was born – I bumped into Gary Numan at Brighton Hospital. Turns out he was a fellow expectant father!

Jake: Finally, what advice would you give to anyone that wants to get into film-making? 
Jamie: Just get out there and shoot. When I studied film at University, one of the lecturers said that everyone has 10 crap films in them. So my advice is to get out there and shoot, so that you get those 10 crap films out of the way pronto!

We hope you enjoyed our interview with Jamie. We’re hoping that soon we will be able to take part in video interviews with our friends, supporters and professionals in the business, so please support us by sharing our website, this interview and the other blogs and interviews we do! We appreciate your support

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