This article will tell you how I started making LomoKino movies, how I still enjoy it, and that I hope it will give you ideas.
Everything started before the Lomokino was launched. I had the opportunity to get a prototype of it. As a fan of Lomography and as a young director, I have always wished for Lomography to make a motion camera.
I presented one of my first movies, “One day in heaven” at the Short Film Corner in Cannes festival. (Watch the trailer)
In Cannes, I had the opportunity to meet the French team of lomography. They were presenting this incredible camera to young directors. I took their business cards, then, back in Paris, they gave me a prototype of the Lomokino – a very rare collectible in a special box.
I had this thing that no one has ever had in their hands. I HAD to make a hit, because it could change my life!
Then, I’ve been invited to Russia, the birth country of Lomo! I took the prototype with me and shot a roll or two. Here are two frames, of me walking across a street in St Petersburg, following my friend Anna Golovnya, with her nice blond hair.
It was shot on Lomo X-Pro 200 but unfortunately it was underexposed :(
Well, back to Paris, I decided to make a tribute to the German expressionist films. I love Fritz Lang’s movies and Caligari’s cabinet, so I wanted a romantic character – confronted with something he couldn’t control, even if he made it himself.
I found it funny to give life to a teddy bear. So I bought a teddy bear and its son as my “actors” in the movie.
I wanted to make special effects while shooting it. I made several tests, like split screen tests with a Holga. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make this effect on the LomoKino, due to the small vertical size of the frame.
Well, I called friends who are involved in the cinema industry, like Raphaëlle Gosse-Gardet, a talented cinematographer I know, and Julie Poulain, who is one of the best make-up artists I’ve ever seen. I’ve been assisted by Zoubeir Haffez, my friends Marie-Léa, Baltasar and Emilie Boutillier, plus my wife Chia-Yi Cheng helped me as well. I took another friends of mine, Arthur Peron, to be the main character.
I used animation technique, and I did a few funny things, like printing some buildings to make a city, so the bear could look like a giant one, differences of scales, etc etc…
Here is a Lomokino picture where you can see me, Arthur, Zoubeir, Marie-Léa and Chia-Yi on the shooting of Lomotnik.
Just after this very nice movie, I shot a remake of one of my previous movies, Lopulopu, with toilet paper rolls falling in love. I’m happy to be the human character in it.
Those two films were screened for the international launch of the Lomokino. I wasn’t the only Lomokino director anymore, but I had a great success.
After that, thanks to the Lomography shop in the Marais, and especially thanks to Alex, I met Sacha Goldman, a great man. Together, we made Lomokino shots for a documentary he was shooting about Stéphane Hessel, and I could actually meet him.
After that, we worked together again making a documentary about the photograph Witkin. I tryed to shoot on his exhibition, with 3200 ISO black and white film.
Here is the result:
As you can see, it’s not that nice to use hi-speed films, such as 1600 or 3200 ISO, because you’ll get bigger grain, much more than on a 24×36 picture, because it’s 4 times smaller.
As the French Lomography team noticed there was a special chemistry between the LomoKino and I, they asked me to participate in workshops in Paris.
At Colette’s Carnaval, I directed a movie with all the participants’ help, to teach them how to use this camera.
Then, I participated to the Big Lomokino Rumble, making a movie for it: Jambie, starring my pretty wife. Again, I’ve been helped by Zoubeir Haffez.
As I evolve in cinema industry, I have friends who assist in lighting, and I easily can find solutions to my shooting problems.
Here is a picture of Zoubeir and I at the end of the shooting of Jambie:
Well, best things has an end, and this is how this article ends!
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