Movies move. So what’s a filmmaker to do with a static subject? That was the challenge facing Irish mobile journalist Philip Bromwell when making “The Wind Phone” for RTE news. This mini-doc is about a phone-booth-like structure that invites users to think about—and cope with—life and loss.
Filming with an iPhone 6S Plus and the FiLMiC Pro app, Bromwell uses a variety of techniques to bring action into his mini-doc. He sets the stage with a time-lapse sequence capturing the flow of clouds. His first interviewee arrives on a bicycle. And he shoots from many angles; this gives viewers the sense of moving around the star of the production, a phone booth that connects to people only via the imagination.
The Wind Phone project was inspired by a similar structure erected in Northern Japan following the 2011 tsunami. CityLab posted an article about the effort here.
The Wind Phone was chosen as a Mobile Movie of the Week.
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