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An indie film company shares practical moviemaking lessons

There are obvious differences between a Hollywood feature film production and an indie short project. What’s not obvious are the similarities. Just about all the creative opportunities open to a Spielberg are there for the mobile moviemaker who wants to delight an audience. A case is point is the everyday experience of Boston-based Waverley Knobs Entertainment. This small but…

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Dual platform moviemaking: shooting a feature with an iPhone and a Canon

Robert David Duncan has been at the forefront of using small cameras (aka smartphones) to shoot small movies, that is, videos running about two minutes or less. MobileMovieMaking interviewed him about his micro-movie approach here. In addition to making shorts, he’s the director of the Miniature Film Festival.

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10 kinds of mini-docs that you can make…and should!

Why let Ken Burns have all the fun? If you’ve got a life—and a mobile device—you can make personal documentaries that will inform and delight viewers. The idea of local journalism isn’t new. Decades before the Web, New Zealand author Janet Frame wrote a short story “One Must Give Up” in which the narrator declares…

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How To Distribute Your Movie Online: a guest post by Jason Brubaker

Editor’s introduction: These days most mobile movies are created for a limited number of viewers: friends, family members, and colleagues. Some mobile productions—such as music videos, instructional videos, commercials, and video blogs—seek a larger audience. But until recently, very few mobile-shot movies have attempted to compete with Hollywood films. Exceptions such as TANGERINE have received huge media coverage…

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Editing an Interview in iMovie

This video demonstrates how to edit an interview. Its purpose is to illustrate how to approach the interview editing process, and not how to edit in iMovie.  The subject of our interview is Lee Foster, author of “Travels in an American Imagination, The Spiritual Geography of Our Time”. The interview was shot on a iPhone…

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10 Tips for Making a Memorable Travel Video

Most of us have suffered through boring travel videos featuring our fellow sojourners stiffly posed in front of landmarks. It doesn’t have to be that way. By adding a bit of creativity, you can propel your travelogues into the must-see category.

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