Trivia / Super 8

Non-trope trivia:
  • "The Case" was filmed by the kid actors themselves alongside the main film.
  • The kid actors got to choose their characters' bikes and Abrams let them keep them after the shooting was over.
  • In addition to being on-camera, Bruce Greenwood also served as the Alien's motion capture actor in early tests for the thing. Before the producers decided to make it less humanoid in movement.
  • The movie was filmed in Weirton, West Virginia because many of the main street shop fronts are leftover from when Weirton was a 1960-70s steel town.

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The most commonly used poster for this film (and, in fact, the one used on the movie's page on this wiki) was actually fan-made. The official poster is much more minimalistic, merely showing the town's silhouette over a blue backdrop. This is probably why the fan-made one is more popular.
  • The Danza: Well, one consonant away from it.
  • Defictionalization: Rocket Poppeteers are available at 7-11 stores. You wouldn't know they're Super 8 tie ins unless you followed the ARG.
  • Fan Nickname: "Cooper" for the alien monster, since it's a convenient portmanteau of "Clover" and "Super".
  • Promoted Fan Boy: J. J. Abrams had grown up making his own movies and being a huge fan of Steven Spielberg's early work. After being featured in a newspaper article about a Super 8 film festival, Abrams was contacted by Spielberg's assistant and was given the job of editing and restoring his idol's own 8 mm movies. Abrams got to work directly with Spielberg on this film, which was the former's love letter to the latter and which was produced by Spielberg himself.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Nowadays, most people will recognize Joe's late mother as Claire Randall.
  • What Could Have Been: In the very early stages of planning, the movie didn't have an alien at all. One idea that Spielberg proposed was that the kids accidentally capture a robbery in the background of their movie, and their footage is the only evidence of the crime.
  • Write What You Know: Apart from being an ode to early-Spielberg, the story is, in a sense, partially autobiographical with Abrams inputting his experiences of making Super 8MM films as a kid in 1979. The main kids in the film could vaguely be seen as Author Avatars.