Philip Bloom on Shooting Film and Using Too Many Cameras

British filmmaker Philip Bloom was recently in Frankfurt working with digital agency Szyygy, and while he was there, he was selected as the subject of a filmmaking exercise he assigned the students of the 3-day private workshop he gave.

The assignment was to film a mini doc, and the four students picked Bloom as the subject, choosing to interview him about the street photography he shoots during his time off.

The mini doc offers some interesting insights into what the filmmaker spends his free time doing. Having recently transitioned into shooting film on the street — in order to be “more selective” — Bloom laments that he’s “not doing it right.” Instead of going out with one camera and one lens, he tends to go out with four, five or even six cameras.


In the video’s description, Bloom confesses that he has finally come to a hard decision and now goes out with only two cameras: typically a Leica M and one of his medium formats. Bloom seems to like the latter in particular, because the fact that each frame costs him some 2 Euros to shoot and develop really forces him to think before he presses the shutter.

How many cameras are too many is up for debate (one commenter maintained there’s “no such thing”) but even with all those cameras, Bloom’s results speak for themselves. Check out the video at the top to see a little bit of his street photography and get an idea of how an award-winning filmmaker spends his free time.

(via Doobybrain)

  • critycal

    I have a dog wich is EXACTLY as the one on 1:35

  • Stan B.

    I’m sure he’s a very good… filmmaker.

  • jkantor267

    This gives me a great idea: I’ll create an iPhone app which makes people pay $3 every time they take a picture!

  • Ken Elliott

    Philip Bloom is an awesome filmmaker. I highly recommend anyone interested in video to check out his blog. Google his name.

  • Fernando Callo

    This guy is awesome but I think he’s suffering from G.A.S. I follow him on Instagram and I see a picture of a new camera he gets every week

  • Gman

    learn to dev your own film bro

  • jonathan pearson

    im a old timer who started on film….id never go back from digital what a waste of money…..

  • Eugene Chok

    dev your own c41or e6…. yeaaaa…… no thnx

  • Sid Ceaser

    As much as I think digital is awesomesauce, it doesn’t have the same feel that shooting on film has always given me. Also, it simply looks different. It has a different trait. When I want that look, I go back to film.

  • Gary Orona

    This is a little surreal. Up till a few years ago everything I shot was film. 35mm and 16mm Motion Picture Film, Large Format, Medium Format, 35mm stills etc. To hear a guy who is so praised as such a tremendous “Filmmaker” talk about how hard it is to get a good shot and that everything has to be just right is, well… what? Did I just hear him say that?

    If you’ve been shooting film for nearly 30 years as a pro ( I have) then it’s not difficult, it’s second nature. Did I miss something here? I think Philip seems to be a really great guy, but did I just hear him sound like a newbie?

    I am not hating. I’d love to have a beer with Philip it’s just that this mini-doc really seems strange for a guy with such a huge following? I just figured that like many of us who have been around for more than two decades he’d be really tight with film?

    Made me feel a little like an Ice Age Man… but film didn’t vanish so long ago right? ;)

    Good Thoughts- Gary O.

  • Sky

    Well, I started film (Lubitel TLR – it still works!), moved to digital ~6 years ago, but roughly 2 years ago bought back my film gear and I still shoot film when I don’t need dozens of photographs right away – it still has got this unique looks and different “feel” than a digital gear. I understand that many people don’t “get it” but there’s no need to call it a waste of money.

  • Paul