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Cinema Paradiso: A First Attempt with the LomoKino

I was with the Lomography gallery store team Singapore, trying out the LomoKino for the first time, yay! We were celebrating because it was Charlie Chaplin day. We went out into the alleys of Ann Siang Hill to get a more vintage feel, especially since we were using black and white film.

When I first checked out the LomoKino at the store, I thought to myself “this seriously can’t produce films”. Boy, was I wrong!

My first instinct was to have everything planned out, so that I’d produce a smooth movie. I had exactly 132 shots and I wasn’t about to waste it on everything that moved. That obviously changed. As I went along, I realized I wanted to shoot a journey; one that reflected my life.

People passing by, people walking away. This was the start of my film. I couldn’t help but replicate the quote so close to my heart from the television series One Tree Hill “people always leave”. So I came into the picture, yes you heard right. I always find that as a photographer, you never really get to enjoy your photographs a 100% because well, you aren’t in them. Unless you work for national geographic, your name isn’t tied to your work. Someone helped me film this part while I twirled aimlessly with a confused look on my face desperately trying to show the camera I was lost. It can’t be said for everyone, but I’ve had a period in my life like that.

Then came the instinct to focus, focus, focus, or rather, look deeper into things. I started taking wide shots and then going closer in. Growing up, I used to think everything was easy. Now that I’m 18, things are quite different. In between, there is a segment of myself playing beek a boo with the camera. Also inspired by another movie when princess Mia plays around with her grandmother during her princess lessons. The whole part of life is to have fun, right?

One thing I was a little disappointed in after the shoot was that because I was so apprehensive about wasting film and trying to do too much in a few shots that I was actually turning the crank so slowly that I was moving the camera more than I was filming anything. After this I learned to just be carefree — there is no right or wrong, just creativity. Anyway, having a low frame rate will give you a different perspective. Doing some stop motion videography never hurt anyone either.

When the negatives and scans came back, I was thrilled! My initial worry about the pictures in the film not being clear was kicked to the back of my mind. Not only were the pictures clearer than what I usually get on my golden half if I even move just a bit, but it also didn’t matter that I switched around from shooting at the hip and using the viewfinder throughout.

Take a look at my ‘film’, look out for the name Rachel.

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 changingskylines

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