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Giving advice

Giving Advice in a Video

Radim Zbořil’s “Brno in Motion” captures the filmmaker’s hometown in the Czech Republic. The beautifully photographed piece won 2nd prize for cinematography at the 6th annual iPhone Film Festival. But the film goes beyond the travelogue category. Combining a few well-placed title cards with clips of the memorable faces of passers-by, Zbořil advances the art of giving advice in a video.…

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Conor McDonnell

Time Bending in Movies

Einstein proved that time is relative. But it’s moviemakers like Conor McDonnell who allow us to see the malleability of the fourth dimension. In “100 Second Week” McDonnnell reduces a journey spanning 168 hours to 100 seconds. Time bending in movies can be done in several ways. You can vary the frame rate to create…

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Robb Montgomery

Four ways to use titles in a mini-doc

A memorable mini-doc must have strong images. But as we learn in Robb Montgomery’s “El Tatio Geyers,” concise, carefully written text can add clarity and drama. Montgomery, a celebrated mobile journalist and film teacher, illustrates four ways  to use titles in this short travelogue: He titles the video: “El Tatio Geyers” (0:04) He identifies the location: “In the…

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Mac Premo

B-roll extravaganza: the art of visual exposition

Mac Premo’s astonishing–“The Function of Music”–teaches three keys to making a successful video interview: 1) find a person (the interviewee) that the audience might like to know; 2) have a specific subject in mind (often the answer to a question);  and 3) use visual examples (“B-roll”). “The Function of Music,” which was shown at the 2017 Disposable Film Festival, checks all three…

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Mobile Movie Parody

The Secret of Making a Mobile Movie Parody

Kemp Baldwin demonstrates the art of the mobile movie parody in”Bindle Bros.” The four-minute faux documentary was a selection in the 2016 Disposable Film Festival

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Keeper of the Sapeh

Using Two Kinds of Dialogue in a Mini-doc

“The Sapeh Keeper” beautifully  illustrates the two kinds of dialogue found in most well-made mini-docs.  The filmmaker Mariah Ahmad gives us scenes where her subject Mathew Ngau Jau is shown talking about the Sapeh, a lute played by traditional Malaysian musicians. These “talking-head” clips are then intercut with  scenes in which Jau’s comments are played as…

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