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Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 9 – By Donna Donato

Welcome back to the ninth article in our fabulous new Column, Mobile Movies. We at TheAppWhisperer have been inspired by the Flickr upgrade of 1 Terabyte of storage for everyone and have been wanting to launch a mobile movie section for some time. Now seems to be perfect, the new Flickr upgrade will allow for a full 3 minutes of 1080p HD quality video per single film and you can have as many as you have storage space for. Each week I (you can find me on Flickr here) will curate the movie uploads to our new Flickr group – MobileMoviesTheAppWhisperer – I will view all the videos uploaded and comment on the chosen ones.

”The internet has created other crossroads for films and videos. Mobile devices have democratized not only photography but also video-making. The availability of apps that give digital video the appearance of analogy film, such as grainy black and white super-8, is exciting and important. Now anyone with the desire can make a home movie or ‘film’ and upload it to the web. It is interesting to see what stories and messages people are creating and disseminating.’

All of the entries were either shot or created on mobile devices.


Here is TheAppWhisperer’s video showcase for August 31, 2013. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: Fiasco222, olivierbxl_Olivier and odilonvert for their submissions.  Take a look at these latest gems; you’ll be glad you did.  Please share our Column with your family and friends, encouraging them to create and submit their mobile videos. We are seeking all platforms, Windows, Android, iOS… Joanne Carter and I will also be scouring the web in search of mobiles movies to present to our readers.


Donna Donato



’Hipstamatic Blues’ – Fiasco222

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Take bluesy, lonesome sounding guitar music coupled with 8mm projector noise add jittering ‘tintype’ footage of such things as rusting tin buildings and propane tanks, sun-baked wooden planks and you have Hipstamatic Blues.  John Stenbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” or other images of the tough life of people during the great depression came to mind.  Would love to see a longer version of this piece.

‘Tit birds coming to feed their newborns’ – olivierbxl_Olivier

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Enjoyed listening to the chirps of the birds hidden by the foliage and watching them dart in and out of the trees in search of food. I enjoyed watching the industrious parents returning again and again with tidbits for their young. Was reminded that birds do take up residence in birdhouses and that the houses provide chicks much needed protection from predators and the elements. Now I’ll be on the lookout for Tit birds in my neighborhood because I’m sure I’ve heard their song.

‘1. This Is A Note In A Tender Sequence’ – odilonvert

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Odilionver offers a complex, multilayer piece that transports the viewer to several worlds at once. I felt I was peeking out of a zoetrope into a space filled with brightly colored, dappled light while watching a ghostly scene with a little girl. The piano score added to the hypnotic spell and the feeling of mystery.  I look forward to the next chapter of Abbandonata.

‘City landscape’ – olivierbxl_Olivier

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Olivierbxl offers a second piece which is a time-lapse video of a cityscape covered with dense, ominous clouds. It felt like you could reach up and grab a handful of the thick, fast moving mass.

Donna is an image-maker, historian by training and a film/video editor by vocation. From a very early age she was smitten with images of all kinds. Donna absolutely loves film and filmmaking. Currently she lives in Paris, a city that has had a long and passionate love affair with ‘the movies’ and is one of the crossroads for world cinema.