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Mobile Movie of the Week

The Art of Homage: a Twist on Psycho’s Shower Scene

Regg Skwarko’s “Steam” immediately brings to mind Psycho’s shower scene. But—spoiler alert—there is a terrific twist. The film is one of the finalists in the 2017 Cinephone Film Fest. Anything else we might say about it would ruin your viewing experience, so instead, let’s talk about the art of homage. In the world of film…

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Music Video with a Message Wins at MoMo Film Fest

Jessica Janos dedicated “Acid Waves” to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Music videos aren’t known for delivering searing messages, and perhaps that risk-taking effort partly explains why the video, featuring music by Pale Blue, won the Mobile Motion Film Festival “Best Music Video Award.” But “Acid Waves” is not only issue oriented but highly entertaining. In…

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A Scary Movie Trailer for a Scary Horror Short

A movie trailer has just one purpose: to make viewers want to see the film. Over the years, moviemakers have used many techniques to accomplish that goal. They’ve included verbal messages like “Unforgettable.” They’ve focused on the stars. They’ve even had the director speak to the audience, a favorite Hitchcock gimmick. And then there’s the…

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Using Storytelling in a Video Public Service Announcement

There’s plenty of evidence that facts alone don’t change minds. To motivate people to rethink their positions you need emotion. In the movie business that usually means story. We see this in commercials for selling cars, insurance, medicines, and just about everything else. In “Parametric,” Amila C Kumarasinghe creates a cautionary tale about the last…

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Use an Active Camera to Astonish Viewers

Use an active camera to create visual excitement in any kind of mobile-shot movie.

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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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