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Mainstream media and smartphone film-making

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Making magic: The Disposable Film festival is one of the pioneers of mobile film-making

The smartphone film-making movement has had plenty of exposure this year at festivals and conferences, and even the mainstream media is finally catching up – or is it?

Mainstream media is generally slow on the uptake. This fact is even more evident in today’s digital age where, as we all know, it’s the blogosphere and social networks where we find out what is really going in the world.

The smartphone film-making community has been left pretty much to its own devices (literally) for the past 18 months or so to indulge itself; a couple of film festivals (notably the iPhone Film Festival) sprang up to show their films, this website was founded to report what was going on, and that was about it.

All that is changing in 2012 as the rest of the world appears to be finally catching on to what we do.

This year iPhone films have had a presence at Macworld | iWorld and SXSW, and the creators project held in San Francisco showed Park Chan-Wook‘s iPhone film Night Fishing. Major film festivals such as Sundance are also acknowledging the benefits of filming on mobile devices.

In the media this week, there has been two articles written that highlight how smartphone film-making is perceived.

Coming Soon: Big Showcase for Small-Camera Films in The Wall Street Journal does a pretty good job as an overview on the scene and rightly credits The Disposable Film Festival as one of the true pioneers (it was established in 2007, before we had smartphones to play around with).

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Playing catch-up: Mainstream media

“The festival’s growth comes as the disposable film movement – so called because such films were initially shot on disposable gadgets like one-time-use video cameras – is catching on world-wide,” says the WSJ.

And to reinforce the point, the article goes on to say: “The Disposable Film Festival underscores “the fruits of the digital revolution, in terms of a complete drop in price in the technology and the ability to distribute and market and screen work and the ever increasing mastery of the artists,” says independent-film producer Ted Hope, a judge at the festival.”

The Huff Post is still not sure about smartphone film-making and an article published today Disposable Film Festival Returns To San Francisco highlights the ignorance still prevalent in some quarters of mainstream media. The journalist writes: “And while a festival of iPhone videos may sound a bit self-indulgent (or at least a little boring), the DFF shorts are anything but.”

Some people still don’t get it, but as pioneers of a new wave of cinema we have to accept that, and at the end of the day are we really bothered? After all we now have the ability on a smartphone to explore our creativity and produce quality work in a way that requires little or no backing from big studios, corporations or media organizations.

We have the world at our fingertips, and those not in the picture can stay out of the picture.

• The Disposable Film Festival opens in San Francisco, 22 March 2012.




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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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