Meet the BIG LomoKino Rumble Finalist #7: maria_vlachou

2

We introduce you to maria_vlachou, who created a LomoKino movie using shadow animation! Read more about it under the cut!

[Movie:1234]
Shadow Play by maria_vlachou

What inspired you to create this movie, Shadow Play?
I was inspired by the Greek crisis, the camera itself and mostly by the incredible talent of my better half, Vangelis. Let me elaborate a bit.

  • They say that Greece stands with one foot in the west and the other one in the east. The shadow theater character “Karagiozis” has his origins in the eastern tradition (China, Turkey). In each country he’s called and represents something different. For the Greeks he symbolizes the spirit of freedom and resistance against authority, he always represents the low social – lower classes. Karagiozis is poor, hungry, illiterate but cunning, smart, rebellious, reactive but proactive, visionary to whimsical, intelligent, persistent and optimistic. Sounds familiar?
  • The LomoKino. I thought of doing this project again in the past using my SLR, but just thinking the meters of the film and work that would be necessary made it impossible. Then the perfect camera for a stop motion movie came along (come on … 144 frames) and before I realized it, I was making plans, scenarios, storyboards e.t.c.
  • The most important “ingredient” which made everything even more analogue, is the talent of Vangelis. He created these amazing figures from scratch. It was a lot of work and many many hours of his little and precious free time (hey! I helped too, a little…) [you can see the creative process in this album: http://www.lomography.com/homes/maria_vlachou/albums/1814007-making-of-shadow-play ]

If you win the prize money, what would be the concept for your next LomoKino movie?
The plan from the beginning (rumble or not) was to film the full length of “Karagiozis and the Accursed Snake” play, in stop motion. All the characters, full story and of course using the right equipment (white sheet panel instead of a glass door, better circular lighting and the right films).

What do you like best about the LomoKino?
I’m not much into video, or should I say I wasn’t? Well this amazing camera changed my mind and since I love stop motion films, LomoKino became my best friend. I’ll say it again – 144 FRAMES, you guys!

Share some tips for new LomoKino users!
Well I’m not an expert in using the LomoKino outside the house where you can’t control the environment, so I will just say that if you want (I said IF) a “smooth” result, you should scan all your frames in the same size and if possible use a tripod in order to avoid shaking frames.

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 shhquiet on 2012-09-11 in #news #lomokino #big-lomokino-rumble #movie #interview #35mm

2 Comments

  1. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @maria_vlachou I'd love to see you win!

  2. maria_vlachou
    maria_vlachou ·

    @adam_g2000 ;-p thank you my friend!

More Interesting Articles

  • January 2015 Events at Lomography Embassy Singapore

    written by lomographysg on 2015-01-05 in #events
    January 2015 Events at Lomography Embassy Singapore

    Happy 2015 everyone! It's back to the School of Lomography this January. Curious about our sardine can camera? Ever wondered how to create shadow printing? We have just the workshops for you. Join us!

  • Fräulein Catherine Takes on the Konstruktor Challenge

    written by zonderbar on 2014-06-16 in #people #lomoamigos
    Fräulein Catherine Takes on the Konstruktor Challenge

    About a year ago, we introduced the Konstruktor to the world, and the little do-it-yourself camera has left us in awe ever since. Even the Viennese blogger, Fräulein Catherine (Miss Catherine), was keen on our 35mm SLR camera that you can build yourself, and she took on the DIY challenge. Here you can read more about the feat.

  • My First Lomo Affair: Waggrad00 and the Diana Mini

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-10-02 in #lifestyle
    My First Lomo Affair: Waggrad00 and the Diana Mini

    Who would've thought that a camera as petite as the Diana Mini can make such a big impact on Julia's life? This sweet camera helped rekindle her love for photography and paved the way for her to meet new friends. Read on to know more about waggrad00's first lomo affair with the Diana Mini!

    5
  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Candy Kittens Rumble Winners

    written by dribri on 2014-09-11 in #news
    Candy Kittens Rumble Winners

    The submissions are in and it's been tough narrowing them down to three winners. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the Candy Kittens Rumble. Read on to find out if you are one of the lucky ones!

    1
  • Lomography One Must Dash Rumble Winners

    written by dribri on 2014-10-09 in #news
    Lomography One Must Dash Rumble Winners

    One more rumble, one more set of winners! Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the Lomography x One Must Dash Rumble. Read on to find out if you are one of the lucky winners!

    2
  • Phaidon x Lomography Hans Eijkelboom Rumble

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-07 in #competitions
    Phaidon x Lomography Hans Eijkelboom Rumble

    Hans Eijkelboom is a Dutch conceptual artist/street photographer who has just released a book titled Hans Eijkelboom: People of the Twenty-First Century published by Phaidon. We are love these photographs and are offereing you the chance to win a copy of this wonderful book and La Sardina Cubic to capture your very own amazing photos. Read on to enter this great competition!

    1
  • Shop News

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ and Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens are now ready to give you the best shots with vignetting effects, crisp quality shots together with the signature dreamy appeal of the Diana! Save 15% on the Glass Lens in this Bundle!

  • Lomography x The Victoria and Albert Museum Presents a HORST Rumble

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-10-03 in #competitions
    Lomography x The Victoria and Albert Museum Presents a HORST Rumble

    Horst P. Horst was a fashion photographer who became famous for his striking use of composition and lighting. His photographs depict sheer and timeless beauty. The Victoria and Albert Museum is celebrating Horst's work with a retrospective exhibition of photographs from his prolific career. Lomography has teamed up with the V&A to give YOU the chance to win amazing prizes including tickets to see the exhibition, a book of his photographs and a Diana F+ Colette. Read on to find out more.

  • Lomography x HORST Rumble Winners

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-22 in #competitions
    Lomography x HORST Rumble Winners

    The Lomography x The Victoria and Albert Museum HORST Rumble was so successful with over 800 entries! As you can imagine it's been a tough challenge deciding on the winners but we've done it! Read on to find out who the winners are.

    2
  • Rotoscoping in Classic Disney Films

    written by chooolss on 2014-07-12 in #lifestyle
    Rotoscoping in Classic Disney Films

    It turns out that a lot of hard work went through the making of your favorite Disney animated flick, even more than what you probably know! Learn what rotoscoping is and see a few examples of it after the cut.

  • Shop News

    LC-A Iblazr Bundle

    LC-A Iblazr Bundle

    Start capturing images even in low-light conditions with this bundle you can create your own combination of LC-A camera and Iblazr flash. And save 20% off!

  • LomoAmigos Yougofirst Shoot With The LomoKino In Their New Snowboard Movie

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-10-09 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigos Yougofirst Shoot With The LomoKino In Their New Snowboard Movie

    Are you ready for an adrenaline rush? A little while ago, we teamed up with the snowboard and film-making collective Yougofirst and gave them a LomoKino and some film rolls to play with. After a season of crazy riding, jumps and tricks, they have finished their latest movie HETEROTOPIA which features footage shot with our 35mm movie-maker. We had the chance to catch up with Vid and Matic from the collective about the new movie and their experiences shooting analogue on the slopes. It's also our pleasure to showcase the movie here!

  • Lomography LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400: My Take on Colors

    written by guanatos on 2014-11-14 in #reviews
    Lomography LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400: My Take on Colors

    The beauty of this film is in how it changes the colors we see. We all know that the big changes happen to the color green, but what about the other colors? Read on to see what I found out!

    2
  • The Petzval Apprentice Winner Announcement

    written by shhquiet on 2014-08-06 in #competitions
    The Petzval Apprentice Winner Announcement

    Last month, we launched the very first photo competition to honor the phenomenal New Petzval Lens. With over 300 submissions, choosing the very best ones was certainly a challenge! Are you ready to see who made the cut?

    6