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Four ways to use titles in a mini-doc

A memorable mini-doc must have strong images. But as we learn in Robb Montgomery’s “El Tatio Geyers,” concise, carefully written text can add clarity and drama. Montgomery, a celebrated mobile journalist and film teacher, illustrates four ways  to use titles in this short travelogue: He titles the video: “El Tatio Geyers” (0:04) He identifies the location: “In the…

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Using Two Kinds of Dialogue in a Mini-doc

“The Sapeh Keeper” beautifully  illustrates the two kinds of dialogue found in most well-made mini-docs.  The filmmaker Mariah Ahmad gives us scenes where her subject Mathew Ngau Jau is shown talking about the Sapeh, a lute played by traditional Malaysian musicians. These “talking-head” clips are then intercut with  scenes in which Jau’s comments are played as…

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One Night in New York

Evan Brown captures New York’s night life in just 15 seconds. This iPhone 7 mini-doc combines a variety of image types including still photos, time lapse sequences, low-angle shooting, and frame-within-a-frame composition (shooting through the turnstile). You can find more of Evan’s work here. ### The “Mobile Movie of the Week” series presents well-made videos from around the…

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Interview Audio in a Mini-doc

Wytse Vellinga’s  mini-doc “Cleaning Up Other People’s Mess”  illustrates nine easy-to-do but powerful techniques . In just under two minutes, you will see an approach that will enable you to add drama to almost any biographical featurette. The nine classic techniques are: starting with a close-up (the car) breaking a single action into separate shots for visual variety…

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“Day of the Dead”: an unplanned mini-doc

Allen Bronstein is a professional videographer, the author of Make iPhone Movies Everyone Loves, and the director of content at MobileMovieMaking magazine.

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