Cinema Paradiso: Making Music with the LomoKino

Sometimes it's hard to come up with an idea for a film. Don't look for it, let it find you.

Since I got my Lomography LomoKino I’ve had a love-hate relationship with it. I like the camera and I like what it does. I like using it, too. But I have a problem, not with the camera, but with myself. I always want to create a great piece of narrative cinema, something that can tell the viewer a story in a concise, economical way. And all I end up shooting are shots of my girlfriend walking!

Coupled with this is my desire to film music videos for my songs. This should be easier as the subject is often suggested by the lyrics in the song but my songs are often set in far-off lands, which usually means I’ll have to wait for a sunny day to suggest a beach in Mexico. Lack of inspiration, practical problems: there is always something to make me give up!

But recently I recorded a new song, one that I really wanted to make a video for and it just hit me: I had already shot the footage! I while ago I tested the LomoKino Smart Phone Holder for Lomography. I went to a cold, windswept beach with Becky and shot a few rolls of her walking into the distance, strolling along the pier etc. The individual videos got used as part of the promotion for the accessory but I was never totally happy with them. Again, they were just random shots. Good to show what the Smart Phone Holder can do but not much of a narrative.

But I realised that those images, when paired with the lyrics of the song, could work well to illustrate the mood and feeling of the song. And so I set about editing the videos together into something that would work. The film starts with me walking up the steps onto the pier, shows the clips of Becky (I cut back and forth between different films here) and moves to a more moody clip for the second half of the instrumental section. Finally the video ends with a shot of Becky waving goodbye before the film runs out and we hear the clicking of the KinoScope fade in above the dying music. And if I do say so myself, I think it works perfectly.

So, don’t worry if you can’t come up with an idea for your LomoKino. It will reach you when it’s ready and you may even just what you need sitting on your hard-drive, waiting to be shaped into a mini masterpiece!

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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!

written by panchoballard on 2012-05-17 in #lifestyle #ideas #narrative #lomokino #smart-phone-holder #music #video #inspiration

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