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Cinema Paradiso: The Making of 'Our Birthmarks'

For my graduation project, I filmed and directed a short conceptual film with my LomoKino to showcase my collection. I want to show you the steps behind the final movie, from inspiration to idea and the final film. How fashion & Lomography meet.

Connected by birth, in soul and blood, these sisters live, dream and breathe together. Captured in their glass bell, they are locked out from the outside world and stay frozen in time. Feeling the sun through the glass, seeing the outside shapes and colours slightly deformed, they imagine a world that is theirs, with their imagination as the backdrop of their lives. When their bubble suddenly breaks, reality appears unreal to them. Their innocent, pure appearance that is slightly dusty and disintegrated over time is a rude awakening to neon cultures.

I wrote this text as an inspiration and starting point of my collection, and after I’ve finished my collection I wanted to translate this text into an moving image which would evoke the feeling of being locked out and abandoned from the outside world. Next to a series of photo’s I figured a short clip would be a great addition to my final presentation. And I never had a doubt about which camera to use. It was clear for me that the LomoKino would be perfect to capture my story and to create that raw-edge movie I was seeing in my mind.

The perfect location was found easily. An old house that was being renovated at the Dutch shore. The house was in bad condition and one of the old bedrooms had pink walls. Because the inspiration for my collection was “The Virgin Suicides”, I figured this would be just right. An abandoned pink bedroom would be on the right spot between girly and freaky. My two lovely models fit in so well. I looked for young, feminine and vulnerable girls, and although they might not be that vulnerable in real life, they played their parts very well.

Not only did the movie have to be conceptual, it also had to feature my graduation collection. So I came up with this little story of two sisters, locked in their house, bored in their bedrooms. The only thing they do is sit, dream and dress up. I chose to film it from knee-height, so it would look like you were sitting on the floor, in a dark corner, just looking at them. As if you weren’t there.

So, we started shooting. I did attach Fritz The Blitz to the LomoKino, because the bedroom only had one window and it was in the middle of the winter, around 3 o’clock in the afternoon – and thus getting darker and darker already. With the option to light almost every frame with the fritz, the movie turned out just perfect. Some frames didn’t get the flash light, but that is what I love about shooting analogue. The little mistakes added that last little bit what the movie (and myself) needed.

The final result? A fashionable, conceptual movie that captured both the darkness and the innocence of my graduation project.

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 merelgroebbe

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