If you haven’t seen it by now, you really need to go watch the stop motion animation surfing video made by Karim Rejeb. It is seriously out of this world awesome. Over the past few weeks it has been getting a lot of buzz all around the internet, pushing 70,000+ views on sites like Facebook, Surfline, Surfing Magazine and of course, here on SURFBANG.
The video is so good that I sent an email to Karim telling him what a good job he did and asking if I could ask him a few questions. He tells us about himself, the 3 month process of making the video, where he gets his inspiration from, and his favorite place to surf. Make sure you give the interview a read after and check out the still photos from the video.
SURFBANG: Tell us a little about yourself.
Karim Rejeb: I was born in Holland in September 1974. I was still a kid when my parents and I emigrated to France. There I discovered the ocean and the surf. That quickly became the trim line of my life.
How long have you been creating art?
As far as I can remember. When I was a kid, my favorite pass-time was to visit museums and art galleries. I used to spend hours drawing back what I saw. My Dad had art talents and he put the first pencils in my hand. I started seriously painting on canvas about ten years ago.
What inspired you to make Lino?
Like many of us, I loved to play with the lego dudes as kid. I just kept on as I grew older. Making the video was just an excuse. As soon as I don’t surf, I need to get my toys shacked. That feels so good.
Where does the name “Lino” come from?
LINO’ is the abbreviation for linoleum: li·no·leum (li nō*′*lē əm)
1. a hard, smooth, washable floor covering, formerly much used, esp.
2. any floor covering similar to linoleum
3. Makes perfect barrels for toys…
Between filming and editing how long did it take to make the video?
All together with the recording of the soundtrack and all, it took me about three months, with some intense parts working day and night. My good friend Matthieu “Mattyblues” Armengo made the last track, “like in the summer time”, which is a hit!
Tell us about the process?
It is a stop motion film. That means it is just a succession of frames played in a row. I try to reach the fifteen images per second rate. For the rest, I like to keep it roots and not use any special effects software. It is as we call it “authentic handmade”.
What were the hardest parts?
The hardest part was for my little family. My girlfriend has to endure that I’m a big kid and sneak my son’s toys. Other ways, climbing up the dune, giving the lego a five millimeters push, running down, taking a photo, climbing up again, giving it a five mil push, running down, shooting it, climb… To get my fifteen shots per second, it’s a lot of up-and-down and at the end of the day it’s a lot of work because I mostly work alone .
The other hard thing is to find the right speed for the image linking to get the movements as natural as possible. Details are always very important, like the positioning of the head and arms.
How did you do the parts where the lego guy was boosting airs?
I would like to keep that secret because I ‘m still working to improve the technique. All I can say is that it is psycho work indeed. No special effects software or anything. It’s all manual.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
Oh yeah, I just can’t wait to start the next episode. I want to bring it to a new level. More fluid and with a larger panel of tricks. On a toy’s scale, the world is so big and there are so many secret spots to film. I just need sponsors and funds to make it a bit easier.
Which is your favorite form of art?
Playing music with friends, and sharing inspiration.
You obviously have some roots in the surfing world, when is the first time you went surfing and where?
The first time was at age thirteen in Hossegor, France. Never stopped since then. The obsession is even getting worse as I’m growing older.
Where is your favorite surf break in the world?
When I was seventeen I went to the Canary Islands for a month trip. I liked it so much that I stayed there five years. I like to travel in total immersion of the local life style. Usually I get myself into extreme situations like, getting lost in the jungle of Borneo, driving three days three nights nonstop in a Mexican desert, struggling to escape from a remote Pacific Ocean island where a clan loved me so much that they wanted me to stay and live their way forever. I would’ve ended up sitting there with the other elders, my almost naked body covered with tattoos, drinking cava and arguing about the tribal laws if I stayed.
Last time I went on a trip I left home for about three years around the world. South East Asia, Australia, New-Zealand, Western Samoa, French Polynesia, California, Mexico, Africa. French Polynesia was epic.
Honestly though, my favorite surf break is at home in France on a good winter swell with the mates.
What influences you?
The Universe. We are moving somewhere in between the infinitely big and the infinitely small. What is the purpose then and what is our task? I still don’t know how it is possible when you’re there in the barrel, how many correlations of things to make that happen. Is there a reason? Is there someone at the head of it? Surfing is for me just a place where I get some answers to my questions.
Any last words to the SURFBANG readers?
Big ups!!! Keep on spreading the news around (there’ll be some more episodes, next one by the end of this year). Keep your heads cool in the water. Share the waves but keep secrets.
I just want to say thanks to Karim for creating such an epic video and taking the time to answer our questions!! You can watch the stop motion video here and make sure you visit Karim’s website, Karim Rejeb Surf Art.