COLUMNS,  Mobile Movies,  News

Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 49 – by Donna Donato

Welcome back to the forty-ninth 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 24, 2015. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: Vanessa Vox, DraMan/ Roger_Roger Guetta, Hans Borghorst, Armineh Hovanesian, Diana Nicholette Jeon, giulia.baita_Giulia Baita, and oilsoncanvasbysantos_Edward Santos 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 15th, 2015’ – Vanessa Vox

Flickr link

This kaleidoscope-ish music video is freaky and I mean that in a good way. The surreal, not quite abstract images paired with danceable music will amuse and stun. The imagery moves from laugh inducing to gasp producing.  Of Ms. Vox’s work to date, this piece is a tour de force.

‘Makeshift Moves’ – DraMan/ Roger_Roger Guetta

Flickr link

Liked this piece with its stylishly dressed man, sometimes men, who appeared to be posing in front of a white gallery or museum wall.  Enjoyed the editing with its ‘revolving’ images and succession of quick cuts to the uptempo jazz.

‘The Exhibition’ – Hans Borghorst

Flickr link

This silent, slightly stark video with a ‘hand drawn’ look takes place in an art gallery or some other exhibition space. We gaze at an ugg boots wearing woman who appears to glide past the art with barely a perfunctory glance.

‘Intimate moments with Philip’ – Armineh Hovanesian

Flickr link

The piece is quite effective in creating a moment of intimacy. While watching I realized my seated position at the computer could approximate the position of a possible dance partner. The shooting with its over the shoulder views, close-up, partial profile glimpse of the subject’s face and slight movement helped to reinforce the dancing sensation. I am assuming the Philip of the title is Philip Glass. Nice moment. 

‘Wailea Morning’ – Diana Nicholette Jeon

Flickr link

As many experience winter’s chill it’s not hard to dream of standing at the shore, waves gently lapping at bare feet. This montage comes as a welcome relief to those of us wearing tons of extra clothing layers. While the color temperature of the images doesn’t create an impression of hot, hot it certainly conveys a sense of being warmer than 30*F.

‘Architecture in Jazz’ – giulia.baita_Giulia Baita

Flickr link

This montage combines images created with a painterly feel and a jazz music track. I like the warm earth tone palette of the buildings and use of heavy black lines used to create individual frames. 

‘Who am I’ – oilsoncanvasbysantos_Edward Santos

Flickr link

Liked this Matter video, which presented a constantly changing portrait of a man. The image does beg the question, “who am I?”

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.