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Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 45 – by Donna Donato

Welcome back to the forty-fifth article in the column, Mobile Movies. We at TheAppWhisperer have been inspired by the Flickr upgrade of 1 Terabyte of storage for everyone and have wanted to launch a mobile movie section for some time. Now seems to be perfect, the new Flickr upgrade will allow for a full three 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 ones selected. 

”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 November 29, 2014. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: Vanessa Vox, anjamation, Margherita…_Margherita_Maniscalco, Poetic Medium, PegPrice, Armineh Hovanesian, dietergaebel1_Dieter Gaebel and giulia.baita_Giulia Baita 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

‘November the 14th, 2014’ – Vanessa Vox

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I liked this playful piece, which begins with cats and their shadows and ends with human shadows. It was amusing to watch the shadows take on a life of their own, devoid of the people casting them.

‘Untitled’ – anjamation

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This video leaves a lot to the imagination of the viewer. The repetitive, mechanical drone could be almost anything and the image it accompanies might be the moon with a corona or the light at the end of a tunnel, which may or may not be disappearing.

‘Margherita_Maniscalco_003_Starti_accanto-incertament’ – Margherita…_Margherita_Maniscalco

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Was spellbound as I watched smoke or some sort of vapor which appeared to gyrate and move in rhythm to music. The distorted audio, which sounded like a turntable needle stuck in a groove or break in the record, was quite effective.

‘[the BIG horizon]’ – Poetic Medium

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This piece presented as a triptych is alternately dizzying, humorous and slightly ominous. Enjoy the ride.

‘2014 All Souls Procession’ – PegPrice

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I found this photomontage of Tucson, Arizona’s all souls festivities interesting. While it appeared to be a fanciful event with painted skull faces and costumes many participants also carried photographs of loved ones, which added a solemn and more serious aspect. I would like to think that a moment of  communal remembrance can provide people with some sort of emotional comfort.

‘Colors at night’ – Armineh Hovanesian

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The word juxtaposition promptly came to mind as I watched this silent video. The similarity of the subject’s eye and the amusement ride was uncanny. By the way, the night colors are beautiful.

‘Neon clouds‘ – dietergaebel1_Dieter Gaebel

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This minimal piece could easily have been a promo for the industrial revolution. The overhead light flickering as heavy, dark smoke and dense clouds drift past were symbols of late 19th and early 20th century productivity. Whether they are still representative of a glorious future, is up to debate.

‘A lot of coal’ – dietergaebel1_Dieter Gaebel

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Continuing the industrial theme, this piece provides a quick glimpse of the modernized coal industry. Couldn’t help thinking of man’s long history with coal and the effects of this fossil fuel on our environment.

’One of the possible worlds‘  – giulia.baita_Giulia Baita

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I liked this ‘Matter’ piece with its intricate textures and revolving ring/shadow. Found the piece slightly hypnotic and watched it several times as there is much to look at.

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.

One Comment

  • anjamation

    – wonderful seeing one of my videos here; along with lovely words and all..