Three full-length films and beautiful photographs surely can be found in the portfolio of our LomoKino Amigo, davekupferberg. It is easy to tell that this guy loves film not only by judging his wonderful Lomographs but also by watching his LomoKino movies! So come and know more about our LomoKino Amigo, David!
Full Name: David Kupferberg
Lomography Username: davekupferberg
Location: The Island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?
My name is David Kupferberg and I’m from Framingham, Massachusetts, 20 minutes west of Boston. I currently reside in Maui but I never know where I’ll be from month to month. I am a photographer & filmmaker. I am also an executive producer with three feature length titles to my credit, including Unicorns, which I also shot set photography. I shot much of the set photos on Impossible project 600 film and Fuji Instax Wide instant film.
The first year I lived in Maui I had the pleasure of working for a photo company where among other things, I was a LuauThre photographer. I love movies and have a quirky passion for 1970’s Italian, Chinese, and Japanese action films. I like to juggle several cameras at a time and I make videos about my sometimes dangerous photographic journeys. I also have a great love for pop art and experimental photography.
How long have you been a Lomographer and how did you find out about the Community?
Shooting on film was an evolution for me. I studied business in college and even worked in the Empire State Building for a year and a half before I found the lens. I started with an HVX and a couple of years later I got a Canon 5D Mark II. Before I knew It, I was working full time as a photographer. I had the opportunity to shoot Instant film on the set of Unicorns in June and July (2011). This sparked a passion with instant film & film in general. One of my purchases was a Polaroid Miniportrait multi-lens camera. This then sparked an interest in multi-lens photography. By this time I’d already started shooting on 35mm and medium format film and found myself the Action Sampler on the internet. This was in September of 2011, right after I got back to Maui from an extended stay on the mainland. I immediately wished I’d gone to the New York store while I was there. Several cameras and rolls of film later, I’m happy to call myself a Lomographer.
Describe the LomoKino in five words.
Fame By Frame With Love.
How did you like shooting with the LomoKino?
As with any camera, especially any film camera, it has its challenges. The LomoKino is so raw, as a filmmaker there’s so much you can do to modify your image, or do nothing at all.
It can simply be described by relating my first experience shooting on the LomoKino – I was shooting “I Dream in LomoKino” with my friend and star, Stacy Lopez, and we both had an overwhelming feeling of excitement shooting on this little camera that clicked and clacked over the waves. We had a lot of fun. Shooting on the LomoKino is just plain fun.
What or who has inspired you to purchase and use the LomoKino?
The idea of shooting moving pictures on film that I could develop affordably and also edit by myself was way too appealing to pass up. When I first saw the LomoKino, I saw a blank canvas, and it excites me to no end.
Any funny or strange encounters you’ve had with it?
I don’t know if this is funny or strange, but while shooting “My Favorite Holiday Used to be the 4th of July”, loading film in 40 mile an hour winds was quite the comedy of errors. As I was trying to take editing notes and as I forgot my clipboard in civilization.
If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your LomoKino, who would it be and why?
Wow, this is a tough question with so many kung-fu and spaghetti western superstars out there. Names that come to mind are Sonny Chiba, Franco Nero, Bunta Sugawara, Marizio Merli, Lee Van Cleef, Ti Lung and I could go on. The person I would most like to shoot on the LomoKino is the legendary Clint Eastwood. Clint starred in the Man with No Name Trilogy that changed the whole way I watch movies. After watching those movies in glorious 2.35:1 cinema scope, I could never go back to watching my old pan & scan VHS’s. Clint’s just so cool and he looks amazing in a wide aspect ratio. I’d also love to hear his take on the LomoKino as a director. He brought back the western with his classic film Unforgiven (1992) and I can only imagine how awesome a western film is when filmed on the LomoKino.
Kindly share to us any LomoKino movie you love the most.
“Ghost on the Beach” was so good it made me jealous. The setting and the stop motion animation were lovely and the film was kooky in a very sweet way.
“My Favorite Holiday Used to be the 4th of July” is my favorite of the films I’ve made. It’s very personal to me and I was proud to get it out there.
Any future plans with your LomoKino? More shoots or a full-length film perhaps?
That’s a big YES! I’ve recently completed a 15 page script which will be my directorial debut. It’s a dark comedy tentatively titled “The Jungle Girl”. So far, we’ve found many of the locations in the jungle to film including two gorgeous waterfalls. I’ve even signed my good friend and pro sound mixer Joe Stillwater to the project. Stacy and I plan to shoot in late Jan-Feb 2012. Joe’s coming out in March and will be recording the entire sound mix with dialogue. We plan to spend a few nights in the jungle just to collect sound. It’s going to be so much fun. There’s a super secret yet super talented recording artist who may be doing a score for the film as well. I have my fingers crossed.
Your advice to future LomoKino users.
I can give you some tips:
- Use a digital camera for exposure simulation. There’s no better way to check your exposure than to actually see it.
- Use some gels. Gels and filters can be taped over the LomoKino lens for some fantastic results.
- Use a digital flash for a pop on every frame. With digital flashes, you can adjust the power and even add a power pack for seamless pop-every-time LomoKino flash shooting.
- Listen for the loud clack to know if your roll is done. If you time it right you can double or triple expose the final frame. Otherwise, the LomoKino exposes the final frame however many times you turn the crank, giving you a blown out white frame.
- 29 times to rewind. The LomoKino takes 29 cranks to rewind a roll of 36 exposure film. If you want to run a roll through the camera twice, just crank it 27 or 28 times and reload the film.
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!