One of the most incredible experiences in my life occurred in 1965 when I was 19 years old. That year I produced a 22 minute 8mm film called "The Marble." The film was entered into the Kodak Teenage Movie Contest, and it won 1st place out of 167 entries! (Trivia: George Lucas won 1st place in the same contest a year later.) "The Marble" even beat the 2nd and 3rd place films that were 16mm optical sound. It also won a CINE Golden Eagle in 1966. The film was made using the regular 8mm wind up camera you can see in the photo on the left, and a 1/4 inch reel to reel tape recorder.
This film was a labor of love and a delight to make. The idea for it (truly an inspiration out of the blue) just popped into my head one night while working in a Chicago factory during my summer break from college. The film took one month from start to finish and cost a total of $113 to make. Even though it is only 8mm, this film is the work I am the most proud of. It solidified my commitment to make film making my career, and confirmed my belief in God's miracles. I think you will be inspired by it and that you will enjoy having it in your DVD collection.
John Primm in 1965
Production Stills from "The Marble"
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