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Documentary

How to Shoot Action with a Static Subject

Movies move. So what’s a filmmaker to do with a static subject? That was the challenge facing Irish mobile journalist Philip Bromwell when making “The Wind Phone” for RTE news. This mini-doc is about a phone-booth-like structure that invites users to think about—and cope with—life and loss. Filming with an iPhone 6S Plus and the FiLMiC Pro app, Bromwell…

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Found Images in an iPhone Music Video

“Silience in London 2017” is a fine example of a music video shot as mini-documentary.

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Finding the Decisive Moment in a Movie Scene

Building a scene–or a short video–around a dramatic action is a powerful technique. It works in travelogues, commercials, documentaries, music videos, and all other genres.

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Memorable Movies Need Memorable Characters

Memorable movies are about people  worth knowing.  In fact, narrative films are often named for their key characters. So we have “The Godfather,” “E.T.,” “Thelma & Louise,” and “Goldfinger.” But characters are also crucial in nonfiction films, as mojo journalist Mike Castellucci demonstrates in  “Carrie’s Cakes.” In this short video report, produced for a Texas TV station, Castellucci visited…

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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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