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Documentary

Using a Smartphone to Cover the News

An accident led BBC video journalist Dougal Shaw into shooting his features on a smartphone. One day, when he arrived at a café to produce a program about free wifi, he discovered that his traditional camera’s battery had been drained. Rather than go home without the story, he decided to record using his iPhone. Pleased…

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Mobile-shot Footage Included in Refugee Documentary

Celebrated artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei shot part of “Human Flow” using smartphone and drone footage. The monumental documentary, about the current worldwide refugee crisis, was filmed in 23 countries. Here’s the trailer. David Ehrlich provides a detailed analysis of this important movie in Indirewire.  The film, which covers the plight of millions of people…

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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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