We're having a blast during our Cinema Line Launch and we hope you are too! Today we're chatting with Steph of Bubblerock~
We love husband and wife teams! How did your love for one another grow into a business venture?
I guess you fall in love with people that have the same philosophy of life, yet complete you. I think it is a the best way to put our collaboration with Bubblerock. We fell into it rather naturally. We both loved moving and still images, we both loved a good story being told and we have a common passion for old technology as well. Robin is more of a musician. He grew up with a dad in a band, a dad in recording studios and then himself in a band. I grew up traveling the world, looking at my mum taking pictures of everything and just felt the need to document it. We just clicked with that and when it came down to starting Bubblerock, I started it but he just gravitated towards it and as his involvement was growing, it just made sense for Robin to do this full time.
How do you work together as a duo? What tasks do you delegate to one another?
I am the technical/creative person when it comes to editing. Robin masters the sound aspect both at home and "on set". I am also a natural marketer so I do that part when Robin is more the logistic type of guy so he organizes the gear, rent repairs, etc.
In the field, we complement each other when we shoot; on a wedding day, for example, he goes to the boys and I am with the girls. I often do the detail shots and some of the close-up more "intimate" moments with the couple but he masters the epic wide shots, the glide-cam and other crazy cool set ups. It works because we each know the other one is taking care of one aspect whilst the other concentrate on something else. And again, I think we naturally found our groove and slowly it becomes second nature.
It’s wonderful to see a team who still shoots with a lot of film. What’s your favorite film to shoot and why?
For super8, I love the new stuff: the vision3 200T is awesome. Such fine grain, gorgeous saturated colours that come back from the lab. Of course, we loved the ektachrome but they are now all gone. The Tri-x rocks my world too, and even more so now that it is pretty much the only remaining reversal film (so you can play it back on your super8 projector and that is GOLD).
For still photography, I am a lover of the HP5 black and white film and I love how much I can push it. I recently tested it to the extreme pretending it was a 6400 ISO and of course I let my lab know. What came back was incredible.
Otherwise, I like to change it out depending on the lighting conditions or the location. I wouldn't say I am committed to one film stock only.
What is your favorite part of capturing moments on your Super 8 film camera?
I find absolutely astonishing that you can capture so many details and special moments on such a tiny frame. You have to realize that the frame is, well, 8mm. That is tiny. Yet it captures the light, movement, details in such incredible ways. There is nothing quite like it.
I guess I also love the sound it makes when film goes through as you record. The very first time I shot on a 35mm camera as a director and my camera operator started filming, her reaction was insane: so much pressure yet such excitement to hear the film go through, the sound of you recording, capturing the action: such an awesome feeling. The flip side is that you hear the money leaving the bank one frame at the time. It is a nice reminder that whatever you shoot needs to be thought through, purposeful and meaningful. But it makes us better filmmakers.
I see that you have done scripted, documentary, and wedding style films. Do you have a specific genre that you enjoy more than the others?
If tomorrow I had to pick only one genre to work with, it would either be scripted fiction or documentaries. To me, anyway, wedding films fall under both. It's not scripted nor fiction but it is a documentary with a very cinematic style. A documentary where your personal implication, vision, and involvement is essential. I really have the privilege of doing it all. But yes, I couldn't confine myself to weddings only so I would have to choose the docu/fiction side.
Anything else to add?
There are some things that we learned along the way when making films and we thought we'd share a few:
1 - Sound matters. It's one thing to get pretty images but capturing high quality sound will often help you bring your story together. Filmmaking is not all about images, sound is often more important yet disregarded and very much harder to master.
2 - Filmmaking as a job (especially when working in events/corporate) is not just showing up on the day and delivering a film on a USB. There can be (and should be) the same amount of pre-production involved and your customer experience is just as important as making an incredible film.
Born on a tiny island off the coast of Africa, the token French of the team caught the travel bug early on and believes to be a true citizen of the world calling many places “home”. Serve her a cosmo, she’ll smile; bring her to the sea, she’ll be happy. Lover of a good laugh with friends, she admits a slight obsession for Dave Grohl but what really makes her tick: people. Robin started his creative career with music; he has been a part of rock bands since he was a teenager. He then moved to photography & film since meeting Steph who he also shares the love of travels with. The reason bubblerock has been such an exciting journey for him can probably be linked to his other passions for History and anthropology. You won’t see him far from his Les Paul guitar though it’s OK to leave it at home when we are off jet-skiing in the Caribbean. Together they are bubblerock team: an international, travelling photography and filmmaking duo who built their little project from the ground up through passion, hard work and lots of optimism. They see opportunities in everyone and everything, believe in making people happy always staying authentic and down-to-earth.
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.