Each week we chat about the tools of the trade with one outstanding creative to find out exactly how they do what they do. The questions are always the same, the answers, not so much. This week: Neue. Click here for more User Preferences Tech Q&As.
The Creators Project: Who are you and what do you do?
Neue: Neue is a creation studio that was created six years ago by Esteban Gonzalez and Nicolas Choyé. We tend to explore several mediums, such as photography, graphic design and video.
What kind of hardware do you use?
For our videos, we use a Canon 5D, a Panasonic HD and a JVC GR-C1. For pictures, we mostly use compact cameras such as Yashica T4, Olympus Mju, a Canon AE1 reflex-camera, a broken Zenith, a Mamiya 6 and a Sinar P2 view camera. We don’t have a favorite tool, the material we use depends on our original idea. Technical experimentation [plays] a great part in our creative process. We like mixing old and new technologies. We like exploiting the flaws of mainstream hardware. Sometimes it means filming a VHS, or something from an old TV screen (that’s what we did for None). We also picked up videos shot from a cellphone before encoding it for YouTube (you can see the result with our music video for Pathetik’s “No Hope With Dope”).
SHOWSTAR – “Monkey see monkey do”
What kind of software do you use?
Final Cut, Avidemux, and Adobe Creative Suite.
What piece of equipment can you simply not live without?
Our computer, of course!
If money were no object, how would you change your current setup?
It would be awesome to use anything we want without being afraid of breaking it.
Is there any piece of technology that inspired you to take the path you did?
A 5D with a plastic lens we bought in a flea market. It gives blurry yet beautiful images.
Utopia – “I”
What is your favorite piece of technology from your childhood?
Nicolas craved for the JVC GR-C from Back to the Future, and Esteban was a huge fan of Nono from Ulysses 31.
What fantasy piece of technology would you like to see invented?
Digital roll film, and a machine able to scan and develop photos in five minutes.