Music Video: Beach Party – Water

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Beach Party, a Cape Town-based surf-rock band have just released their latest music video. Filmed, directed and edited by the extremely talented Dylan Culhane, the video was shot using a Lomography LomoKino 35mm movie camera and various stocks of 35mm film sponsored by Lomography SA. We – Orms, that is – processed and assisted with the scanning of the film.

Music video for Cape Town-based band Beach Party, shot entirely with a LomoKino camera on various types of Lomography film stock. The final result is effectively a stop motion animation of more than 4500 frames of 35mm film, set to a damn catchy surf-rock tune.

Artist: Beach Party
Track: Water
Directed, photographed, and edited by Dylan Culhane
Produced by Riordan Allen
Styling by Alex Price

More from the director:

“I actually started getting serious with photography via Lomography about 10 years ago. The ethos of spontaneity and the gritty analogue aesthetic really drew me in… in fact, the ‘don’t think just shoot’ philosophy has really informed a lot of my subsequent work. When I first heard about the LomoKino I knew it was a toy I had to play with. Rio (Allen) managed to get his hands on the very first one in the country, and approached me to shoot something on it. We knew early on that we wanted to do a music video and set about trying to find a band whose music suited the loose, raw Lomo aesthetic. Beach Party had just started playing a few gigs in Cape Town, and we knew they were perfect as soon as we heard them. Luckily they were very keen on the idea, and agreed to collaborate on this production. They were so much fun to work with – we literally just spent a day fucking around in different parts of Cape Town, documenting the shenanigans like a creepy uncle with an 8mm camera. It was a really challenging process, figuring out how to develop and scan all the images to create a video, but Exposure Gallery were really generous in donating and scanning the film, and Orms did all the developing for us. Ultimately it’s a stop motion animation comprised of thousands of still images shot on a range of 35mm Lomography film – the footage is entirely ungraded. The result was even better than we expected, and I think Beach Party’s infectious surf-rock track is the perfect accompaniment to this visual experiment.”

Author: Francois W. Nel
  • Joel

    Wow the frame rate is so jittery but I guess that’s to be expected when the camera only gets a couple of seconds per roll, maybe one day they’ll bring back affordable 8/16mm film stock so we can take advantage of the many antique movie cameras still available (I have a working Bolex H16 that I would love to use!).