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The Guetta Fringe – Decisions, Decisions, Decisions… – By Roger Guetta


We’re delighted to publish Roger Guetta’s first article to his Column with us, entitled The Guetta Fringe. Roger Guetta’s sometime’s ‘off the cuff,’ other times ‘formal investigations’ will reveal how smart the smart phone is. He will push limits by demystifying inherent creative capabilities of this wonderful hand held artistic tool. All with humour, sassiness and downright passion. We think you’re going to enjoy this Column alot. In this article, Roger informs us of this video, shown below, that was premiered at the International Mobile Innovation Screening 2011, in New Zealand, it’s truly fascinating, read more and watch the film below. Over to you Roger…(foreword by Joanne Carter).



“Sometimes it’s fun to position the camera slider to ‘video’ and create motion pictures.

All you need is an idea.

This is how I created the following vid which later premiered at the International Mobile Innovation Screening 2011 in New Zealand.

I decided to use ‘Decisions’ as a theme…. ha ha …I decided on decisions!

Once I committed myself to production I needed to create a structure. I decided to ask people from all walks of life
and of all ages to comment on a memorable decision they had made in their lifetimes. I then decided to forgo a formal studio setting and
just whip out my iPhone wherever the venue happened to be at the time. I thought this would add to the spontaneous nature of the exercise.
I gave each participant five minutes to formulate their commentary with only one stipulation; to begin their monologue with ‘I made a decision.’

Some participants where strangers, others were friends or acquaintances who I knew had great ‘decision’ stories.

I shot, and then found someone to help edit and another someone to compose a soundscape for the beginning and end.

And voila, I produced a 16 minute investigation into the human psyche. I wanted it to be spontaneous, semi improvised and interesting.
I hope you enjoy it as such.

Finally, my next idea is to create a Video blog to help youngsters about to embark on career tracks to view interviews with professionals in that field. People who can speak honestly about the pros and cons of their areas of expertise. So, if anyone is interested in helping our youth in these dubious economic time…..give me a shout…I have some pointed questions for you”.

The International Mobile Innovation Screening 2011 at the Film Archive in Wellington showcased more than 55 international short films and four feature films produced on mobile devices. In addition MINA featured selected screenings from the Mobilefest (Brazil), Mobile Screenfest International (Australia) and Ohrenblick (Germany). The program was curated by the Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa [MINA] and presented these works for the first time in New Zealand.




Roger’s work was featured at the LA Mobile Art Festival 2012 held at the Santa Monica Art Studios, where he presented both framed pieces and an installation. Roger’s work has also been exhibited at the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, CA; First Annual iPhoneography Miami Exhibition at Artspace, Gallery Miami, Large Format Show at Los Angeles Center For Digital Art 2012. Roger was included on iPhoneogenic’s list of the 50 Top Mobile Photographers/Artists of 2011 and has been featured in P1xels, The App Whisperer, Lys Foto Magazine and many other popular mobile photography websites. He has also had one-man shows both in Montreal and Toronto and will be showing soon at The Garden Gate Center in Berkeley, California as part of The Third Wave Show. He is currently a professor of communications in Montreal.