No audio input, 144 frames per roll, a max of half a minute at a normal rhythm, a very small viewfinder, little stability… Restrictions? Not at all! The most important thing with this camera is the idea, and for that, you have absolute control.
The Idea is the most important thing for the LomoKino. But, how do you get a good idea? First of all it’s ideal to look for inspiration that will work for us as references and spin in our heads until “BANG”, the idea pops up in our brain.
Once we have the idea, how can we make it bigger? Well, by working on it. Here’s a few things I’ve done to film my LomoKino movies:
1. Story Board. If your idea has a story, I recommend you make a story board of the scenes and layouts you’re going to need to tell it. This will help you visualize it better and see the possibilities. It’ll also help you not shoot in a linear manner, maybe due to operative matters, it might be easier to start shooting the last scene of the movie, then the first, and then the middle ones. If you have a well defined story, you might make note of the ones you’ve already filmed and that way you’ll avoid unpleasant surprises when it comes to editing and the montage of your movie.
As you may see a story board doesn’t have to be anything complicated, and you don’t need to be a great illustrator to make one. It’s a very simple tool, very analogue and above all, useful.
2. Allocation. Go over your characters and think who might bring them to life. Talk with them, tell them how it goes, and let them know how important it is to have fun and be over dramatic.
3. Wardrobe. Search, and search again: that grandpa’s scarf, the hat no one wears, the pajamas, the “All 99” costume, a wig, a mask… What do you need? Don’t sweat, try one wardrobe, another. You don’t need a big budget to be nominated for “Best Wardrobe” .
4. Location, scenery and props. Think about where you’re going to shoot — if it’s indoors, or outdoors. If it’s indoors check the lighting. Do you have a good flash that’ll work for your LomoKino? Prepare the scenery, chairs and bed. Do you have everything you need? Maybe you’ll have to add little details to help you tell the story.
6. An assistant. This doesn’t always come around easily, but if you have one, use it! I was lucky enough to have Nacho assist me during the filming of “Lomo Christmas Eve” and it was a blast. He would store film, name them, have the next one ready, help out with the flash. Pure luxury!
7. The LomoKino. As you may notice, the camera is not the first thing you need to think about. Once everything else is settled and clear, then we can being: Lights, Camera, Aaaaaaction!
8. Editing, montage, post production, effects, music. The less analogue part and my least favorite of the process. I edit in iMovie, it’s very easy, and if i can put movies together in that, anyone can, but you have to put some time into it. You can make your movie grow with titles, posters, credits, subtitles, music, sound effects, and more. Experiment a bit and you’ll see how it can grow with whatever program you decide to use.
9. Turn off your mobile and enjoy the movie.
Here’s the most complete LomoKino movie I’ve made: Lomo Christmas Eve. In the final result you can appreciate each one of the details explained (I love the sound effects :P.). The more you work on The Idea, the better the results will be.
But TAKE NOTE! We don’t always need all the tools to make an idea work. There are movies that don’t need a story board, or so much editing, or maybe they’re a spur of the moment and there’s no wardrobe or actors or anything. For example:
- I love this movie, “Pretty Horse Walking Down the Street”, and the only thing planned was the mask. We wanted a very surrealist film in which a man with a horse head would walk down a classical London street. So a man with a normal head put on a horse mask and I started cranking the LomoKino, with nothing else! No script, no editing, no music, no big plans, and it seems to me that it worked like a charm.
- This is a spontaneous movie filmed at the LomoKino launch party. The guys from Desvarietes Orquestina were there playing with their marvelous esthetic and I thought a video with details of their look would be ok, so I took out the camera and started cranking away. I think visually the video is quite nice, but don’t you think with some music it would gain a lot and make The Idea better?:
- In this one editing plays a very important part. I filmed a story in a linear way with the objective of not having to edit, but when I saw the results, truth is it wasn’t really working. However I really liked the images, so I thought about it for a while until I came up with this fun princess story. The phrases in silent film style can really help you tell a lot of the story:
- And to finish off this article, that’s becoming way too long, I leave you with half a minute in my uncle Antonio’s pool. A very look and feel movie, in which there’s not really any concrete storytelling but with which I wanted to immortalize the lovely afternoons with my cousins. To give it a special touch I decided to use red scale so it would have personality and warmth:
You can also see more of my Lomokino movies. I hope these tips help you with your super analog productions. Lomo On!
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!