Taking 21 rolls to film, this LomoKino music video by Canadian community member Matt Skwid is totally appropriate for Gabe Levine's song, "Long Spun Thread." The visually-stimulating analogue video is one of the most enthralling we've seen and filmmaker Matt tells us how it all unraveled and came together.
Hi, Matt! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live and work in Toronto as a Music Video director, BTS videographer, and VFX coordinator. Lately, I’ve been perfecting my diaper-changing techniques on my 5-month-old son. I like to spend my time with friends and family or by myself skateboarding and thinking about other stuff I want to do.
How long have you been shooting analogue? Why do you still shoot film?
I just started shooting film a while ago and it’s been lots of fun. Picking the camera, then your stock, having to be a bit more selective with the images you take, bringing the film in to the lab, waiting, picking up your negatives and scans… It’s a whole process. Digital is great, but I also like the personality of film. It seems more romantic to me and you really feel that you are working with something.
What was the inspiration for this LomoKino music video?
Aside from the song, the inspiration was the camera itself. I first saw the LomoKino last year in San Francisco and thought it was really cool. When I heard “Long Spun Thread”, it reminded me of the LomoKino for some reason. I wrote a treatment, approached Gabe Levine, and then we made a video.
From planning to post-production, what was the analogue filmmaking experience like?
Working with the LomoKino was a pretty fun experience. The photography was done all over Toronto during the cold winter. Many hours over multiple days were spent going from neighborhood to neighborhood and shooting whatever jumped out. I shot 21 rolls and had them all processed and scanned at a lab. I then went through the scans and cropped every frame individually. After that I made image sequences of each shot and converted them into files I could work with. There was a lot of work to do before I could even start editing, but it ended up being worth it. All the extra labor that goes into a project like this can really help give it a character. You can tell when somebody put a lot of effort into something… Even if you don’t really like it. There is something to be said for that, I think.
Describe the LomoKino in five words.
Cute. Charismatic. Work. Rewarding. Fun.
What’s the strangest, funniest, hands-down greatest, or most “unusual” photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had?
I found an old expired disposable camera in my parents basement. I took it in for processing and got back all these crazy photos of me and my high school buddies. We were so young. That was a nice find. I just imagined the images on that film hiding in the camera for nearly a decade wondering if they would ever get developed.
What is your dream LomoKino film project?
It’d be great to shoot the advertisement for the next LomoKino model you release. :)
Any future plans with your LomoKino? What’s in the works and what’s on your mind?
I do plan on shooting more with my LomoKino. I really like how you get multiple images per scan when you use a lab. I’d like to try using it as a stills camera and seeing what types of stories I can tell with 4 images. Other than that, I plan on continuing to shoot music videos and taking pictures of things I find interesting. I’d also like start swimming more often.
Your advice to future LomoKino users?
My advice is to try it out. Use a light meter if you have one and carry a variety of films so you can shoot all day in all conditions and ensure that all your images will be pretty. Bring a tripod, too. You should also try to have fun while doing the aforementioned things.
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!