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Featured Projects

“The Other Side”: mobile moviemaking using green screen

Conrad Mess’ short horror flick–“The Other Side”—is a tribute to black and white romantic horror movies. The winner of the Phonetastic-Sitges International Film Festival, this trailblazing movie was shot using an iPhone 5 and CGI backgrounds. Thrills aside, the 17-minute movie, also honored at the iPhone Film Festival, makes a loud statement about the ability…

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“The Dhal Burglar”: a silent comedy that features a classic chase sequence

In this  comedy, featured at the 2014 Mobil Film Festival, a young girl gets caught stealing bowls of dhal, but all for a good purpose. This short, by award-winning writer/director/creative director Eran Thomson, features an intriguing chase scene with a very large payoff! “The Dhal Burglar” was Eran’s first mobile short, made “whilst on holiday”…

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“Himalayan Tsunami”: a grassroots news report

In 2013, Indian filmmaker Shiva Prasad was trapped in a Himalayan tsunami. Having survived the onslaught, Shiva documented the catastrophe using his Samsung  GT-N7100. This experiment in spontaneous reportage earned him Second Place in the 2014 Mobil Film Festival. Shiva was born in Rajahmundry, a holy town in the eastern part of India. He writes:…

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“Apple of My Eye”: a fantasy video that went viral

Just three years after the introduction of the iPhone, this 2010 short drama demonstrated the flexibility of mobile cinematography. Incredibly—as you’ll see in the related “making of” video— “Apple of My Eye” was not only shot using the iPhone but also edited on the phone. The film was created by Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth…

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“Magic Bullet”: the challenges of shooting a drama on a mobile

Magic Bullet is a short-film adaptation of The Cure – a feature film script that Errol Schwartz wrote mid-2010. In the process of seeking funds for the feature film, Schwartz decided to make a short and hopefully use it to pique investor’s interest in the feature. To make this short calling card more compelling he thought, “Why not…

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Time Lapse of the Golden Gate Bridge

This technique is available to anyone with a mobile and the right app. Inexpensive apps allow you to create the kind of dazzling  time-lapse sequence that you see in shows like House of Cards. I’ve always been fascinated with images of lights at night. Having the opportunity to capture my impression of the Golden Gate Bridge,…

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