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Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 50 – by Donna Donato

Welcome back to the fiftieth 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 February 21, 2015. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: monowave_jun yamaguchi, Vanessa Vox, fernanddoprats, Geri_Centonze_Geri Centonze, Hans Borghorst, brettgross 13_brett gross, oilsoncanvasbysantos_Edward Santos, NaProsvet1_Natali Prosvetova, 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.

‘gate’ – monowave_jun yamaguchi

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Was reminded of an ant colony as I watched this piece with its overhead shot of a transportation hub. The constant stream of rapidly moving people was reminiscent of worker ants scurrying to do their part to keep the system functioning.  With the music’s aid the movement looked liked a sort of frenetic dance.

‘February the 6th, 2015’ – Vanessa Vox

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A close-up of a few peanuts sliding onto a plate, fingers cracking the shells and popping the nuts into an out of frame mouth provide the elements of this video. There is a simple elegance which adds a certain beauty to peanut eating and dumping the remains.

‘Glamour bursátil‘ – fernanddoprats

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This film’s combination of unexpected images, 8mm projector sound and film noir music makes for enjoyable viewing. While waiting for the ‘reel’ to begin you realize you are watching it.

‘Anatomy of an Edit No. 25’ – Geri_Centonze_Geri Centonze

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As the title suggests this silent,15-second video offers the steps that take an ordinary image to something extraordinary or in the parlance of mobile photography, it provides the instructions for apping a photo. Ms. Centonze has submitted a number of these 15-second pieces and I would suggest anyone interested in her process to check TheAppWhisperer Mobile Movies Flickr page.

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 ‘Pedestrians’ – Hans Borghorst

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Using a ‘cartoon’ effect and staticky music suggesting gramophones and the silent film era, we watch walkers pass a storefront. Kept wondering how often people stopped and entered and what kind of shop it was.

‘howl (kr 64)’ – brettgross 13_brett gross

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Not too sure what this piece is about but based on the title, briskly gliding lava globs, slightly eerie music and glimpses of a shadowy creature with outstretched arms, I going with mild horror. It was interesting to watch and imagine whose eyes we were seeing through.

‘Quantum Leap’ – oilsoncanvasbysantos_Edward Santos

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This piece appears to be a trailer for a coming attraction. The 15-second tease with its slightly martial music and repetitive images piqued my curiosity about the longer version it promised.


A clone is a clone. A clone of my own‘ – NaProsvet1_Natali Prosvetova

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A figure encircled by what appears to be a DNA strand makes for an interesting Matter video. Really liked the image and music.

‘Snowing right now’ – giulia.baita_Giulia Baita

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For those of us used to seeing snow globes in a spherical form, this piece provides a refreshing change and serves as the perfect reminder of a snow filled winter. Those fluffy white flakes were presented in the way I most enjoy them, as a photograph or video.

‘ip_20150213_4990.mp4’ –  Jiri Dvorak

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Being a chocoholic and watching this Matter piece only brought one thing to mind; a huge Lindt chocolate ball rotating on a melted bed of, you guessed it, dark chocolate.  Take a look, perhaps you’ll see something else.

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.

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