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Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 47 – by Donna Donato

Welcome back to the forty-seventh 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 December 27, 2014. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: O ~, Armineh Hovanesian, Vanessa Vox, Hans Borghorst, Piel_Piel adentro, Ikebana Jen_Jennifer A Thomas, SLP…, Yannick_Brice_Yannick BRICE, giulia.baita_Giulia Baita and Jiri Dvorak 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.


‘isThatYouSantaClaus?‘ – O ~

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At some point or another many people have posed the title question. Watch this subtle, lovely and kind of sexy, little film and see if you find the answer. Had to smile because the Duke Ellington tune reminded me of music that might be used in a burlesque routine.

‘Comes around once a year ’ – Armineh Hovanesian

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This silent video seemed to show a household preparing to celebrate the arrival of Christmas. The camera lovingly pans the lit tree and some favorite ornaments while a glass waits to be filled with drink for a toast.

‘November, the 9th 2014’ – Vanessa Vox

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Really liked this piece with its greasepainted face, still except for sudden, startling eye movement and the use of sprockets bordering the film, which confined the space. The multiplying frames of the face and the ‘four’ hands of the playing pianist were dramatic and powerful. Loved the improvised music by Orlando Bay.

‘Places to go, things to do (early morning at the crossroads)’ – Hans Borghorst

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Don’t know what it is about seeing people beginning their day’s journey in the early, dark hours of the morning that tugs at the heart. Their journey in real life, as in this video, appears to be happening in silence even though there’s plenty of sound. The ‘cartoon’ camera app was very effective in creating a dreamy, surreal atmosphere.

‘The subway …’ –  Piel_Piel adentro

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Found this painterly montage of subway tracks and platform with the stirring, accompanying “Symphony of the Night” quite beautiful and refreshing.


‘Petit Riens‘ – Ikebana Jen_Jennifer A Thomas

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Liked this sweet black and white video with its title that translates as ‘little nothings’. Always think of what happened to the subject as the “Marilyn Effect”. You’ll see why.

‘A rocks legend‘ – SLP…

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This silent, sepia-colored piece gives a different take on the idea of a rock legend.

’The Diva of Venise‘  – Yannick_Brice_Yannick BRICE

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Smiled while I watched this Matter video with its Roy Litchenstein-esque beauty quivering on the wall.

‘The City Ice‘ – giulia.baita_Giulia Baita

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As one who lives in a place where ice cubes can sometimes be considered a luxury, I certainly appreciated this Matter video. Then there’s the thought that city living can be inhospitable and/or cold. Found it a clever tongue and cheek piece.

‘ip_20141214_4662.mp4’ – Jiri Dvorak

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I liked this Matter video with its rotating orb and shadow.  Had to laugh though, because I kept thinking of melted chocolate when I looked at the palette and swirling textures of the background.

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.