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As seen on Vimeo: reviews of iPhone films by Barker and Cavalli

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Here are the first reviews of videos posted on Vimeo’s new Smart Movie Making channel.

The response so far has been fantastic and thanks to all who have contributed and please keep sending new work to the site so we can keep up to date with what you are doing. Also, there is still time to enter this year’s iPhone Film Festival if you haven’t already. Details are here.

The first four videos from the Vimeo group are by two film-makers Steve Barker and Mario Cavalli who show they are not afraid to pick up their iPhone and start shooting. The beauty of being totally mobile is the spontaneity it offers and these films are a perfect way to kick off this series.

Following by Steve Barker

Steve says in his production notes this movie was ‘an experiment’, made in three days — shot the first day, animated on the second and ‘trying to make sense of it all on the third’.

His approach beautifully encapsulates the ethos of smart moviemaking, ie just going out and doing it. The story is existential, doesn’t make much sense, but then neither did Camus, unless we want to get all philosophical.

Great is the Mystery of Life by Stever Barker

This is structured better and using an amateur cast it is a story of a girl’s quest for her identity after her dad walks out when she was young.

The existential and surreal themes are again present, as in adult life she wears a dog mask and has imaginary powers as she goes in search of her Self.

It’s a dark debut, very David Lynch in style and like Lynch Steve does a good job of capturing suburban life at its most bizarre. Great is the Mystery of Life is different and impressive.

Battle of The Eyes by Mario Cavalli

Mario takes his iPhone 4 into the studio of artists Savage Pencil and Eyeball and follows the pair as they produce a painting of an animal. An intimate filming technique and a choppy editing style makes this an intriguing essay on the artist(s) at work. The iPhone is perfect for this kind of filming and Mario is a confident film-maker. We like the soundtrack too.

Uno by Mario Cavalli

Mario’s second submission to the group is a quiet meditation on insomnia, and is actually shot from his bed while listening to Ludovico Einaudi’s album Divenire.

In his notes he says he edited the images in PS Express and BlurFX. It is a beautiful little film that he simply would not have been able to make before the iPhone came along — we hope that afterwards Cavalli managed to get some sleep. Serene.

I shall be reviewing more films over the following days, if you would like to join the group you can do so here.

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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