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Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 51 – by Donna Donato

Welcome back to the fifty first 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 March 7, 2015. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: Vanessa Vox, Armineh Hovanesian, SOPHOCO_SOPHOCO –santaorosia, NaProsvet1_Natali Prosvetova, Geri_Centonze_Geri Centonze, kimartino1_Kim Martino, Jiri Dvorak 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

‘February the 26th, 2015’ – Vanessa Vox

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Loved this montage, which takes the viewer on a twilight walk in the French countryside. Was nice to catch glimpses of hills at the edge of the fields and to see the grapevines standing like sentinels awaiting spring. The combination of images and the beautiful piano provided a piece, which seemed to pay homage to the beauty of nature.

‘Latin Jazz Jam” – Armineh Hovanesian

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Liked this video with its surprising location. While looking at the partial face and listening to the snappy tune it occurred to me where the piece was being shot. Had to smile because the light changed my focal point. Take a look.

‘Riada ’ –  SOPHOCO_SOPHOCO -santaorosia

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This piece with its composition of haunting music, reassuring ambient sounds and shots of flowing water served as a bit of a respite. I wondered what the shadow who is and isn’t part of the moving water was contemplating.

‘Don’t lose hope. You never know what tomorrow will bring’ – NaProsvet1_Natali Prosvetova

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The title of this video served as a reminder to maintain a slice of optimism. It was truly impressive to watch someone doing this particular yoga position.

‘Anatomy of an Edit No. 35’ – Geri_Centonze_Geri Centonze

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This 40-second video provides steps, which can take an ordinary photograph to something extraordinary or in the parlance of mobile photography, you can learn to app an image.  I found the video informative and loved the music.

Ms. Centonze has submitted a number of these tutorials and anyone interested in learning to take their imagery to another level should checkout the ‘Anatomy of an Edit’ videos on TheAppWhisperer Mobile Movies Flickr page.

‘In the cemetery’ – kimartino1_Kim Martino

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Having just learned of the sudden death of a longtime friend I found this montage particularly poignant. Liked the integration of the Hipstamatic images and the nostalgic, slightly upbeat music, which kept the piece from becoming maudlin.

‘ip_20150228_5126.mp4‘ – Jiri Dvorak

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Happy to see another of what I think of as the bridge musicians; this piece offers an all too brief view of a musician playing a popular reggae tune. Liked the steel drum music, color and blurred, soft quality of the video.

‘Wormhole’ – oilsoncanvasbysantos_Edward Santos

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This Matter video caused me to remember being told as a child that it was possible to dig a hole from my small American town to China. The color and visuals of this piece made me think of a darkish fairytale.

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.