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The Power of the Single-location Film

Filmmakers have long explored the dramatic possibilities of “confined” dramas, stories that unfold in one or just a few locations. Memorable examples include “Rear Window” (1954), “The Phone Booth” (2002), and “Paranormal Activity” (2009). Joining that illustrious group is “The Cloud,” a smartphone-shot sci-fi thriller set entirely in an elevator. At the 2016 year’s MoMo Film Festival in Zurich,…

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Four horror film ingredients in “13th Floor”

In “13th Floor” Luis Mendes combines  four horror film ingredients to evoke a sense of dread. Mendes, a prize-winning mobile moviemaker, demonstrates that techniques found in feature-length horror movies work equally well in short form storytelling. Here are the ingredients that make “13th Floor” scary: 1. Ordinary location: A familiar place lowers the audience’s guard, making the horror more powerful.…

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“Halloween 2014”: how zombies celebrate the night

Movie fans have an ongoing love for zombies. While “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) made the genre popular, there were a number of earlier examples including “White Zombie” starring Bela Lugosi (1932) and “I Walked With a Zombie (1943).  Shot in Barcelona using a smartphone,  Sergio Munoz’s “Halloween 2014” ably carries on the tradition.

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“The Mouth of the Lion”: trailer for a horror pic

Even if you don’t understand Spanish, this 19-second teaser will give you the idea that something bad is going on. The lion’s roar and the people’s screams transcend the limits of language.    

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“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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