It might seem like Super 8 is first collaboration of Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, their history goes back several decades. To the year 1981.
It’s no coincidence J.J. Abrams decided to set his movies in the 70’s. Growing up in this time period, this is when he started making movies with his first Super 8 camera. Being J.J. Abrams he started filming fast paced battles, chases and ‘monsters’.
When he got a little older he entered a Super 8 film festival with his friend Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and this is where they got lucky. Steven Spielberg wanted to restore the 8mm films he had made during his childhood. And his assistant thought J.J. and his friend would be perfect for the job.
They took it and at just 15 years old, they were cutting together Steven Spielberg’s home made movies.
Decades later J.J. Abrams, now a big time director as well, and Steven Spielberg started talking about movies they’d love to make. They soon got back to their childhood and the adventures of making home made movies with their friends. Wouldn’t that be a great subject for a new film? And this is when Super 8 was born.