This week’s Community LomoAmigo sure has lots of Lomographic cameras in his boot which makes it pretty understandable why he owns the glorious LomoKino.
And just like any Lomographic camera, his love for the analogue movie maker is quite personal. He enjoys using it and is planning to work on bigger projects using this efficient toy!
Read on Michael’s, or angelhaken, LomoKino story!
Full Name: Michael Frey
Lomography Username: angelhaken
Location: Linz/Leonding, Austria
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your interests?
Hello, my name is Michael. Currently I live in Leonding together with my lovely girlfriend and a fluffy cat.
I work as a software-developer to fund my photographic obsession :) Well, it’s not a typical software-developer job as I work as an innovative assistant for a printing company. My main task is to design and develop web-based web2print tools or special solutions for our customers. I’m pretty much a one-man development team. Besides my daytime job, I also study Intelligent Systems & Robotics (MSc) by distance learning at De Montfort University, UK.
Basically I’m interested in everything and it’s pretty hard for me to focus on just one thing. Currently my main interest is in art, design,and computer stuff. So photography, traditional and digital art as well as design from layout to architecture or interior. But I also enjoy good music and good whisky. I like to go out, meet friends, drink some beer, serious discussions, riding my fixie, taking my sister’s dog for a walk, reading a good book as well as mountains, swimming, sailing, my iPad, the internet, photographic black and white paper, movies, programming, and I’m into cooking but not into washing-up.
How long have you been a Lomographer and how did you find out about the Community?
Well my Lomographic journey started on 24th of December in 2009 when i got a Lomography Fisheye 2 for Christmas. In January 2010, I bought a Diana F+ (the Deluxe Kit what else.). This was the first time I developed black and white film (35mm) and it was really really cool. I got the enlarger that my Dad was using back in 1985. With my first self-developed roll of film and my dad’s old enlarger (which is still working as a charm ) I produced my first darkroom prints. Since then I got myself quite a selection of cameras and gear. My dad also gave me a Minolta x-500 and his old LC-A. I currently own a Horizon Perfect, LC-A+ (the limited gold edition No. 93), Rollei 35T, Spinner 360°, Diana F+ Snowcat as well as a Hasselblad 503CXi. When I bought the Hasselblad (in early 2010) I also got a bigger enlarger and I’m now able to do prints from Hasselblad and Diana F+ as well as Horizon Perfect negatives.
I also made some pinholes from 35mm up to a 6×12 panoramic. My latest purchases were the LomoKino which is actually my second film camera beside my Minolta Super 8 camera that I got from my Grandpa, and the Harman Titan pinhole camera which is my second 4×5 inch camera ( I bought a cambo rail camera on Ebay but I have no tripod :( so I don’t use it that often).
I think I found out about the Community back in 2009 when I stumbled over the Fisheye2 in an online-shop and did some research but can’t really remember when I joined exactly. Maybe in 2009 but I think it was early 2010.
Describe the LomoKino in five words.
My manually operated cinematographic love.
How did you like shooting with the LomoKino?
I really enjoyed using the LomoKino. Most of all I love the clicking noise from the shutter. “click-click-click-click-click.” The scanning and turning-single-frames-into-a-movie was a pain in the ass and Vimeo lets you wait one hour if you don’t have a plus account but the outcome then was really great. I liked to run thru the images using my Mac’s preview after each bunch of frames, it gave me a feeling of what the final movie will look like.
What or who has inspired you to purchase and use the LomoKino?
Actually I was following the product-launch quiz on the Lomography page and as soon as the product was available, I ordered it. If I should name a person that inspired me this would be my Grandpa. He died when I was little but I got his Minolta XL401 Super8 camera as well as a Super8 projector and some old films . He was very careful with his stuff so everything was just like new. I modified the Minolta to work with newer film and ordered a Super8 film from the UK and I also had it developed there. The outcome was great but it was rather expensive. When I found out about the LomoKino it seemed as the perfect solution. It enabled me to develop my film at home and the bigger format is better for scanning.
Any funny or strange encounters you’ve had with it?
Well nothing really spectacular until now. I was on a trip from Linz to Zagreb with some friends to watch the band Rammstein. We organized a tour bus to get there. I had a few cameras and my LomoKino with me. So a bus full of rock fans, beer, and a LomoKino. I got a nice film but surprisingly nothing strange happened, at least nothing when I was still able to capture it.
If you could shoot any person alive or dead (or imaginary) with your LomoKino, who would it be and why?
This is a tough question. I probably would like to make a cool music video with one of my favorite bands. I could think of a true metal – Manowar LomoKino movie as well as something like Flogging Molly but the possibilities are endless.
There are artists like Charles Chaplin or Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy which would fit great into black and white LomoKino movies but I don’t think that I could make those movies any better and just repeating stuff doesn’t makes sense in my opinion.
Kindly share to us any LomoKino movie you love the most.
I really like this LomoKino movie from jimmyhido
When it comes to black and white I really enjoyed the work of fynflood. This would be a great trailer for a horror movie.
Any future plans with your LomoKino? More shoots or a full-length film perhaps?
It has been two months since my lastest LomoKino movie :( I have one roll ready for scanning and another in queue for development but I just had no time in the past weeks to do anything. As soon as I find some time I will develop the film and go on with scanning and uploading :)
My next project is to compute in the LomoKino Rumble and I’m also planning to do something like a full-length film. Probably not full-length but something that’s at least a few minutes long. I still have to decide if I want to go for a slapstick comedy or a horror movie or both. It will be mainly in black and white and I really want to try a day for night effect also known as nuit Américaine (“American night”). I’ll probably do that with infrared film and if it works I might also write a tipster! :)
Your advice to future LomoKino users.
I don’t think there is a formula for success and I don’t really want to dictate anything. That would just limit your own creativity. If you read the manual you should be able to get some pictures on your film and if you overcome that hurdle the rest is just luck or years of planning just as you please. I really like black and white film so if you develop film at home you might want to try that out or if not, there is C41 black and white film available from Kodak and also Ilford which is a little less expensive to develop in the lab. It will also might be better for scanning than the traditional silver halide films.
Watch more LomoKino movies by angelhaken.