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Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 48 – by Donna Donato

Welcome back to the forty-eighth 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 January 10, 2015. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: Vanessa Vox, Hans Borghorst, Armineh Hovanesian, Piel_Piel adentro, giulia.baita_Giulia Baita, Jiri Dvorak and danisalvadori_Dani Salvadori 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

‘January the 1st, 2015’ – Vanessa Vox

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This piece raised a number of questions. Were the hands ‘playing’ an air harp, caressing the fabric of a lamp or merely moving in time to the music? The superimposition of the images produced a sort of visual echo, which the music moved from dreamy to slightly menacing.

‘Car wash’ – Hans Borghorst

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Looking at this silent black and white video was like watching an animation of the canvases of Pierre Soulage. The water, strips of cloth, brushes and light created a vibrant work of abstraction. I loved it.

‘The storm before the calm’ – Armineh Hovanesian

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Liked this silent black and white piece with its interesting images, quick cuts and lips mouthing words. Tried to lip-read but decided perhaps the phrases were nonsensical. Had to smile when I read the title because being slightly dyslectic, at first actually read it the way we’re used to seeing it, the calm before the storm.

 ‘Wormhole…’ – Piel_Piel adentro

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Using what appears to be a Tiny Planets style camera app and ‘adventure’ music this piece leads the viewer into an environment that could well be a wormhole or even a black hole. Enjoyed the ambient noise at the end and kept wondering if there was a bottom to be reached or another side to come out of.

‘Good night‘ – giulia.baita_Giulia Baita

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Watching this sweet photomontage with photographs that seem to emphasize light I thought of a slot machine. When you pull the lever the images rotate, randomly stopping on a photograph.

‘ip_20150102_3717.mp4’ – Jiri Dvorak

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This particular place is obviously a favorite for local musicians because we’ve been here before. This time we see a man singing and playing his tambourine. The tour boat gliding across the water in the background seems to be a constant.

‘It can be startling to someone’s breath. Jenny Holzer. Las Vegas. 1/365 ‘ – danisalvadori_Dani Salvadori

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I am a huge Jenny Holzer fan. Really enjoyed seeing her words sliding across what appears to be a parking garage.

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.