Even Les Grossman knows: Your smartphone is not just for calling (or shouting in Les’ case), and texting anymore! Whether you’re using the iPhone, an Android phone, the HTC, Samsung Galaxy Ace or any other smartphone, you hold in the palm of your hand the key to modern day filmmaking. Wanna make a movie with your iPhone? We’ll help. Keep reading.
To start, we recommend you read Part I and Part II of our #Aspring2ActWriteDirect series on creating films and videos using your smartphone (or tablet). In the year since we shared those helpful blogs with you, Hollywood is seriously taking notice of the creativity and those creating new content in this innovative way. In fact, there are two recent projects we thought would inspire you.
‘Departure‘ is a groundbreaking new film project. Produced by the same team behind the iPhone/ Smartphone Film Festival, this new movie is shot entirely with an iPhone. It is a “venture in cost effective, expeditious, and epic filmmaking” and is described as follows:
Departure is a film utilizing three main locations, in three separate countries, the United States, France, and Belarus, and three distinct directors from those respected regions. Each filmmaker will contribute their assigned footage, shot exclusively on the iPhone apparatus, to form one complete project, one complete intertwining story.
But wait, it gets even cooler! The producers of ‘Departure’ are not the only ones spearheading innovation in filmmaking. Samsung, a leading manufacturer in the smartphone market and the New York Television Festival teamed up for a Second Screen Storytellers Contest. What is a Second Screen Story? Basically, as defined from their website, “A filmmaker must integrate multiple screens into their overall narrative, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience for fans and viewers.”
A second screen can be anything from a laptop to a smartphone to a tablet to any other screen that the main storyline isn’t already showing on. For instance, if your movie is showing on a traditional movie screen, and your leading character is searching the web, all of that web content might be available at the same time on a laptop. Two storyline’s going on at once on two separate screens. How cool is that?!
Need it in simpler terms? Watch this 3 minute YouTube video below.
iPhone/Smartphone Film Festival - The iPhone Film Festival was started by a filmmaker for other filmmakers.
The International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, CA - The Mobil Film Festival is a two-day special event showing films that were shot only with cell phones. Films will be presented to promote the filmmaking skills and/or talent of prospective filmmakers using the creative medium as professional equipment.
Mobile Film Festival – France - 1 Mobile. 1 Minute. 1 Film.
Tunisian Mobile Film Festival - Teams of Tunisian filmmakers will have 24 hours to shoot their short films using mobile phones.
indieFone Film Fest - Shoot a short film with your iPhone and compete to be one of the top 7 filmmakers to participate in our reality show. – WIN $10K.
The Original iPhone Film Festival - The Original iPhone Film Festival. Bringing the emerging community of iPhone and iOS filmmakers into the spotlight.
Sony Mobile Film Festival- Italy - Sony Mobile Festival – Moving people, making movies is a creative call entirely dedicated to short movies and music videoclips.
Cinepocket Film Festival- Brussels - Belgium’s international mobile film festival is for films shot entirely with mobile phones & mobile filmmaking in general.
The Disposable Film Fest - We show films made on everyday equipment like cell phones, webcams & point and shoot cameras.
For some added inspiration, we wanted to share with you “The Adventures of a Cardboard Box.” It is an 8 minute movie shot on a Nokia N8 smartphone. It was one of the winners from the Sony Mobile Film Festival. We hope you love this beautiful story as much as we did.
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