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Silent Film Director app reaches 300,000 upload milestone

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American comedian Buster Keaton plays a bungling projectionist in the 1924 film Sherlock Junior, which he also directed

Silent films are all the rage again. Talk to anyaspiring young film-makers in London and their next project is not a talkie but an old school black and white movie replete with classic soundtrack and title cards.

Undoubtedly the Oscar-winning The Artist had something to do with this, but the trend for keeping it retro has been going on for longer, silent film festivals have always been popular and now the trend has spread to the iPhone.

How many Super 8- style videos have you seen lately produced on the iPhone using apps that turn your very smartphone into a cine camera?

The Silent Film Director app for iPhone, launched  a year ago, has seen 300,000 films created and shared using this little gem of an app.silent film director app, iphone

Developers MacPhun estimate the total number of silent movies made on the app is probably higher as their figures include only the ones uploaded and shared.

“By February 2012 there were around 210,000 videos submitted to the gallery, but after The Artist scooped all those Oscars, the number of shared silent films grew rapidly by over 90,000 per month,” said a spokesperson.

Last month Mcphun launched the International Retro Film Contest., with partners San Francisco Silent Film Festival to showcase some of the exceptional work being shared via the Silent Film Director App.

The app is available from the iTunes app store and is now on sale for $0.99.

 • is the official media partner of the International Retro Film Contest.

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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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