News, , , , , , , — October 7, 2011 12:31 — 0 Comments

Why Steve Jobs matters: a film-maker’s touching tribute

Steve Jobs memorial

A memorial for Steve Jobs at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

In a personal tribute to Steve Jobs, Film-makerand Apple fan Casey Neistat (remember him and his run with the  NYPD when he got ticketed for not riding his bike in a bike lane?) has released his film from 2007 when he flew from Amsterdam to New York City for the launch of the very first iPhone.

In the film he spends the night in front of Manhattan’s AT&T store with his buddies to be the first in line when the store opened at 9am.

Now, and filming on his iPhone 4, he has updated the film with footage from outside the Apple store in SoHo capturing poignant scenes as fans and Apple aficionados pay their own tribute to Jobs in recognition of the impact he has had on their own lives.

“I made this movie in 2007 but never published it. Steve Jobs’ death reminded me of it. In 2000, I was living in a trailer park when Apple released the iMac DV, the first consumer machine that could edit video. I maxed out my credit card and got one. No film school, it was that computer that got me into films and provided me with the career I have today. Sad to lose Steve Jobs,” he writes.

As musicians, film-makers, artists, designers, journalists and writers we have all benefitted from working with Apple products; not only did it make our job easier – in most cases it made it a pleasure.

“As artists, Apple products represent the tools and inspiration to be creative and express ourselves. Steve Jobs paved the way for many of us to become filmmakers. He will be missed,” said indie directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost who produced the film Catfish last year, and posted on Neisat’s Facebook wall.

If you only watch one of the hundreds of Jobs’ tributes online, make it this one. He would have loved it too.

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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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