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Julian

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Cecil Mathew

Use an Active Camera to Astonish Viewers

Use an active camera to create visual excitement in any kind of mobile-shot movie.

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Luis E. Juarez

Backward March: Reverse Motion Creativity

Usually, we have no problem picking a thumbnail to illustrate our articles. A single frame can capture a key action, a surprising location, or a memorable expression. Not so with “Fly Away” because the essence of the film is reverse action: people and objects moving backward in time. So you’ll just have to trust us…

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background actors

Background Actors Can Make a Good Scene Great

Natalia Gurkina’s’ “Confessions” illustrates a number of key filmmaking techniques. In just 60-seconds, her film—winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Mobile Motion Film Festival—teaches the value of minimalist dialogue, understated acting, reaction shots, and starting in the middle of a story. Another point—often overlooked in filmmaking discussions—is using background actors (extras) to…

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Essential Phone

Coming Attraction: the Essential Phone

Essential Products, Inc. will shortly release its Essential Phone, which the company’s founder Andy Rubin, believes will revolutionize the field. Rubin, the co-developer of the Android operating system, identified two key goals for the titanium-enclosed device. First, the phone should be simple to use so that it makes the user’s life easier, not more complex. Second, the phone…

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Fireballs

Astonishing Actions in a Music Video

In the beginning, movies were about actions such as a train entering a station, an old man drinking a beer, Annie Oakley hitting targets, and a sneeze captured by Thomas Edison in 1894. Since those early days, many other elements have been added to the mix including close-ups, music, dialogue, and visual effects. But French…

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Ari Virem

Smartphone Commercial Using Practical Lights

One of the great virtues of mobile moviemaking is convenience. The camera is always there. But what about aesthetics? What about memorable images found in Hollywood movies and–more recently–in TV series like “Breaking Bad”? Ari Virem answers those questions with his stunning smartphone commercial “Fluorescent Nights.” Virem’s short video, sponsored by Moment Films, is astonishing in the…

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