We had the good fortune of connecting with Rhonda Vigeant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rhonda, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My husband Phil worked for the company shortly after it was started in 1972. It was an internship he got while he was at Bentley College in Boston. The company was called Super 8 Sound back then and always had the fundamental belief that Super 8 film held tremendous potential as a production medium . If you read the history of the company https://www.pro8mm.com/pages/the-pro8mm-story. you will see the journey.
When we took over the company in the early 1980s we had to take it through bankruptcy, ( twice) and stayed focused on the one thing that made us different….Super 8 as a professional production medium, not just for home movies or amateur filmmaking.
What should our readers know about your business?
Pro8mm is a unique boutique company that specializes in the use of Super 8 and 16 mm film for production and archiving.
We rebuild classic super 8 cameras that were manufactured in the 1960’s and 70’s. Our camera restoration program repurposes these fantastic old cameras for sale, rent and repair, which makes it greener than any any other media technology. We sell and process film and scan it to digital on state of the art equipment so that the analog material can be used with computer editing equipment, while maintaining the texture of the actual film.
What sets us apart is that we are the only (known) company that is a one stop shop for all aspects for the filmmaking workflow.
We have a big educational component to the company, and we have evolved to have a big on line presence, which makes it possible for clients all over the worlds to access our products and services..
There is just too much info to type here. We have a long and interesting story. Id be writing a book. Would be happy to speak to one of your associates.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Day 1:: Show them Burbank and Hollywood. to see Walk of fame, Hollywood Bowl, Rodeo Drive. East at Musso and Franks A Week on the Central Coast!
Day 2: Head to Santa Barbara. Go to the Mission,State Street and eat at Hendrys Beach Cafe
Day 3: and 4 Pismo and Avila, Morro Bay, Cambria, Hearst Castle. Dinner at Madelines
Day 5 -7 My vineyard in Paso Robles. Spend a day working the land with wine tasting and food at Daou, Villa St. Juliette and Cass. Also Olive Tasting at Paso Olivo . Amazing hikes and scenery. Stay at Cali-paso or Hotel Cheval or the Canyon Bed and Breakfast
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shout out to my husband Phil Vigeant, who when we were dating in 1981, recruited me out of a career in higher education and enticed me to join him on the wild ride of entrepreneurship and running a small business . At that time I left a good paying job to help him reinvent a film company that we had bought out of bankruptcy. This was at a time when everyone was dumping film to jump on the video bandwagon. And here we are, 40 years later still growing the business, creating a legacy business. I have loved every crazy minute! I would also like to give a shout out to my daughter Jaclyn Melo and her husband Mike Melo, who have been working with us for the past 10 years. and will eventually take over . They have done an amazing job of modernizing the way we do business..
Thank you to all the face faces who have trusted us with their private lives through their home movies
We could not do what we do without our amazing team members, who support our clients and their often crazy production schedules and the management team. Last but not least, my family, , especially my grandchildren Ben, Abby and Everly who light up my life
Other: Amazon: Author: Get Reel About Your Home Movie Legacy Before IT’s Too Late https://www.amazon.com/Reel-About-Your-Movie-Legacy/dp/0985810203 Podcast: The Home Movie Legacy Project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDbOd0GIJ24. ( did 120 episodes but only archived a few on YouTube
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