A camera that records entire scenes – It captures movement, colour, moments, and scenery! With just the turning of a handle, whilst glimpsing through the viewfinder to imagine your scene correctly, you can create a movie. An analogue movie. Who would of thought that Lomography would go that far? I sure didn’t, but what do you know? They surprised me again with the LomoKino!
When I first heard that the new product would be a film camera I had some mixed feelings about it. For one I was of course extremely excited about it! It’s a whole new adventure in my opinion! But then again I did have some doubts about it. The first thing that jumped to my mind was how on earth the LomoKino would work and what it would look like. These being two things very easy to answer! Just like back in the old days, films are just a whole lot of photos. Somewhat like stop motion really. Just that the LomoKino makes it easy and fluent to film!
Yet after having those two answers, even trickier questions jumped to my mind. Even though filming with the LomoKino is just like taking a lot of photos, the concept is so different. You’re not just capturing one single shot. Not aiming to get that beautiful exact image you want. You’re doing that times 100! Another question that puzzled my mind was what to film? Should I have a little storyline, should I just film my surroundings? With a photo this is a lot easier. You take a photo of whatever you want, whatever appeals to your eye! You might think why not just do the same with the LomoKino? But it’s really not that easy. You don’t want to bore your audience; you want to make your movie intriguing, exciting and beautiful.
My first movie was slightly confusing. First of all I had wasted about half of the film because I kept on checking if it was working and then I by accident pulled out a lot of the film! My photos started overlapping as I filmed and it was all quite confusing and exhausting! Yet the great thing about the LomoKino is that even if your movies fails, that doesn’t mean that all the single photos did! I happened to love the colors on this film, and even though the photos separately look slightly strange I still really like some of them!
My second movie was just a simple black and white one. For this one I did have a story line. It would be too long to explain now. But I didn’t succeed in telling the story. We filmed half of it in a slightly shadier area, and sadly that turned out to be too dark. If there is one thing I learned from this it would be to always use the LomoKino in sunshine! It gives you the best results! But in the end I am still pleased with my idea and maybe I will finish it off on a new roll of film some other day! My movie was inspired by “film noir”. I know it isn’t exactly the right theme for film noir, even though if I told you the whole story you might understand. Film Noir is just an era where the films were dark, black and white and had very depressed themes. Yet its what inspired me to do what I did.
Finally my third movie was successful! Third time lucky isn’t it? This time I was trying to be more creative. I started off thinking about what I do to make my photos look creative. Like multiple exposures! They always make a plain photo more interesting! I didn’t want just any type of multiple exposure though. Then it came to me. I remembered a trick that I like to do. If you take a picture against the sun with some kind of silhouette in front of it, and then take another shot of some kind of texture on top of that, you get that nice filling in kind of effect! And if you can make photos like that, why not movies right? Making a multiple exposure on the LomoKino is truly very simple. All you do is insert the film and push it in the take in spool just a little bit deeper and tighter. That way after filming your first film and winding it back again, the film will get stuck at the end and be poking out of the canister. This saves you from trying to get it out of the canister in some strange way! You shoot again! And that’s it! Simple! I was a bit worried about my movie being overexposed because I used a very sensitive film and exposed it twice! I even opened the back of the LomoKino at one point! But it still worked just fine to my relief. One cant always tell that it’s a multiple exposure, because sometimes the sun came through somewhere and exposed the photos.
All in all the LomoKino is a great camera. It triggers creativity and makes you think about what you want to film, how you want to film it etc. And it really is quite fun feeling like a movie director – The LomoKino is a tricky camera to use and get used to, but who doesn’t love a challenge?
I hope you enjoyed reading my review and thank you so much Lomography for letting me test the LomoKino! It’s great to have such a special camera in my collection.
Bringing analogue back to the movies with a bang in the 21st century, the LomoKino is a Lomography movie camera that shoots spectacular, creative movies on all kinds of 35mm film. Head to the Microsite, watch some Movies and begin your analogue movie-making journey today!