Sometimes we may not have time to do the things we love especially when priorities like school, work, and family comes in our way.
But this week’s LomoKino LomoAmigo seems to juggle things just well! As she balance school, work, and her passion for Lomography, Zoe or undiscovered in our Community tells us how she is still able to work on amazing LomoKino films!
Read more about Zoe and take some tips from her as she tells us her LomoKino story!
Full Name: Zoë Janssen
Lomography Username: undiscovered
Location: Gent, Belgium
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?
I’m 19 years old (soon to be 20) and I live in Gent, the best and most creative city in Belgium. Originally I’m from Gruitrode, a very small village in the middle of nowhere on the other side of the country. I chose to move to Gent to go to University there. I study languages: English and Spanish. I do research on culture and history of the countries where these languages occur — really interesting! Of course this study implies that I read a LOT of books, which is part of the reason why I chose this particular study since I love reading.
In the weekends I earn some money by working as a salesperson in a clothes shop, which is pretty fun, too. I’m saving up because I’m going to Madrid in September to study there for six months on an Erasmus-scholarship. I’m VERY excited! Apart from studying and working, analogue photography occupies most of my time. I love taking pictures and I always have at least one camera on me when I go out. Other than photography, I often go to concerts and hang out with my friends.
How long have you been a Lomographer and how did you find out about the Community?
I’ve been a Lomographer for about 18 months now and I’m loving it. [Though] I don’t really know how I found out about the Community. Must have been via Facebook or maybe I’ve read about it in the instruction manual when I got my Sprocket Rocket. I check it out every day and get a lot of inspiration by going through other people’s photos. The competitions are fun too because they urge you to try better every time and they give you new ideas too.
Describe the LomoKino in five words.
Motion, fun, retro, creative, inspiring.
How did you like shooting with the LomoKino?
I love shooting with my LomoKino although framing isn’t that easy when shooting an object up close. I did feel like a real director while filming my first videos. I was even shouting “OKAY, CUT!”. It’s also fun because you need actors and that’s when your friends come in. It’s a really nice way to spend the afternoon.
What or who has inspired you to purchase and use the LomoKino?
My parents got me the LomoKino and LomoKinoScope for Christmas! Best. Present. Ever. Nevertheless, I think I still would’ve bought it if they hadn’t given it to me. The promotional videos quickly convinced of the LomoKino’s originality. You can put so much creativity in one video. There are so many different genres to explore, so many different techniques to try out. The possibilities are endless! As soon as I saw the first movies popping up in the Community, I knew I had to try it myself!
Any funny or strange encounters you’ve had with it?
When I shot my zombie trailer “Love Will Tear Us apart”, I got some of my friends together in a park in Gent. I had to do their make-up, which worked out really well seeing that I had never done something like it before. They actually looked scary! While shooting it, there were a lot of people curiously watching us from afar. They had never seen such a small camera and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even know it was a camera for that matter. We also had to reshoot a scene because there was a cyclist casually crossing in the background of the frame when my zombies were tearing apart a body.
If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your LomoKino, who would it be and why?
This is a difficult one! I can’t really choose a person although there are a lot of actors and actresses I love. If I could choose a location however, I wouldn’t have to think long. I would definitely shoot a movie in Wonderland and I’d most certainly feature the Cheshire Cat! I’m fascinated by the book, Disney movies, and just the over-all feel of mystery and the unknown. I love the colors, the huge plants, the weird animals — everything! I think it’d be a very cool location to shoot a movie crossing all boundaries of what is possible and real.
Kindly share to us any LomoKino movie you love the most.
Easy! I was blown away when I saw “Bites”, a LomoKino movie by artiach. Very original and it’s clear he put tons of work into the making. I’m very surprised it doesn’t get more LomoLove because it certainly deserves it. The editing is so good and the framing is amazing too! I especially love the part when the bat turns into the vampire and the fact you can’t see the vampire in the mirror. Very clever.
Any future plans with your LomoKino? More shoots or a full-length film perhaps?
At the moment I’m very busy with my studies but when that gets calmer I do intend on making some new videos. I don’t really have new concepts but I do want to make a feel good-video with my best friend and maybe even a music video for my friend’s band “Horses”.
Your advice to future LomoKino users.
I’d advice newbies to come up with a concept and not to start shooting just to shoot. I’ve found that results tend to be better if you already have a clear idea of your concept and the way you want to shoot it. I sometimes even write down the steps I need to follow in the different scenes so I don’t forget anything. But most importantly is of course having fun!
Enter a new analogue dimension with the LomoKino. Lomography’s own 35mm analogue movie camera allows you to capture action and immortalize your story on film! Shoot 144 frames on any 35mm film and create your own cinematic masterpieces. Want to watch your movie the old-school way? We also offer the LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package!