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Mobile Movies Showcase – Week 52 – by Donna Donato

Welcome back to the fifty-second 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 28, 2015. We would like to thank this week’s contributors: Vanessa Vox, Armineh Hovanesian, Hans Borghorst, giulia.baita_Giulia Baita, Geri_Centonze_Geri Centonze, NaProsvet1_Natali Prosvetova, kimartino1_Kim Martino 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.


‘March the 24th, 2015’ – Vanessa Vox

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I watched this piece with its changing light, shadows and dancing ‘film processing’ detritus with a sense of anticipating. The eerie music, which invoked Boris Karloff-ish films, sustained the ‘boo’ moment.

‘Los Angeles Times presses’ – Armineh Hovanesian

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Watching this video was like looking at the moving, exposed spine of some large, soon to be extinct animal. When you think about it, because of the Internet, print newspapers are moving toward extinction.

‘Train’ – Hans Borghorst

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I love trains and it was nice to watch the long passenger train pass while listening to Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio. The cartoon “processing” and the music placement were quite effective. 

‘At the Exhibition of Contemporary Art’ – giulia.baita_Giulia Baita

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This montage with its beautiful, painterly images and classic music seemed almost at odds with the title of the piece. It was great to see people examining the artwork rather than glancing and gliding by.

‘Anatomy of an Edit No. 36’ – Geri_Centonze_Geri Centonze

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This silent 38-second video provides steps, which can take a selected detail of a photograph to something extraordinary or in the parlance of mobile photography, you can learn to app an image. I enjoyed watching this dissection of Ms. Centonze’s process to see the beautiful, painterly end product she created.

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 The App Whisperer Mobile Movies Flickr page.

‘Silence’ – NaProsvet1_Natali Prosvetova

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Liked this montage of what I took to be close-up shots of a light bulb’s filament although it could have easily have been carnival lights. Smiled listening to the song lyrics because indeed, silence is golden.

‘Painting orchids’ – kimartino1_Kim Martino

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The process of ‘painting’ a number of photographs is presented as a montage, which almost appeared to be a time-lapse video.

‘ip_20150213_5002.mp4‘ – Jiri Dvorak

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This Matter video with its revolving disks and slightly unidentifiable background pattern brought a number of things to mind; cells and blood vessels or UFOs hovering over the rivers and tributaries of some distant planet.

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.

One Comment

  • Geri Centonze

    I’m honored to be part of this showcase. I hope that my mini tutorials will help jumpstart creativity for anyone who views them. Congrats to everyone.