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Deadline Nearing for SF3 2017 Competition

This year’s Smart Fone Flick Fest offers over $10,000 in prizes for short films. Entries must be shot using a phone or tablet. Categories include 360 and VR. The deadline is August 1. For more information visit http://www.sf3.com.au. The festival screening takes place on August 24 in Sydney, Australia. You can follow the festival @SF3Fest   …

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Coming Attraction: the Essential Phone

Essential Products, Inc. will shortly release its Essential Phone, which the company’s founder Andy Rubin, believes will revolutionize the field. Rubin, the co-developer of the Android operating system, identified two key goals for the titanium-enclosed device. First, the phone should be simple to use so that it makes the user’s life easier, not more complex. Second, the phone…

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Underwater Drone Videography

For a few years now, mobile moviemakers have been able to shoot underwater. All it takes is possessing a waterproof smartphone or a waterproof case. We wrote about the possibilities here. But because of depth limitation—plus dangers inherent in working underwater—mobile-shot underwater footage has been limited…until now. Writing in Wired, Paul Sarconi reports on soon-to-be-released drones designed…

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Mobile Journalism Competition 2017

Among the Internet’s most astonishing achievements is the democratization of information sharing. Instead of a handful of news outlets, now millions of citizen journalists cover local and distant news topics using words and videos. Traditionalists worry that untrained reporters and commenters may lack the skills and fair-minded attitude needed to make grassroots journalism authentic.  And that’s one reason that the Mobile…

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Color Grading Like a Pro Using FiLMiC Pro

A soon-to-be-realized FiLMiC Pro upgrade will enable mobile moviemakers to better control color, closing the gap between smartphones and traditional cameras.

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Join the Collaborative Travel Video Project

Group filmmaking is another way that the mobile moviemaking revolution transcends traditional filmmaking. The idea is simple: Independent moviemakers pool clips to create a single project. The latest example is Viewfinders’ travel video, which will consist of segments shot by travel videographers from around the world. The producers seek “raw footage filmed on mobile devices of between 5 and…

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