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Will 2014 Be the Year That Smartphone Filmmaking Goes Mainstream?

by David Rosen.

Over the last century, each generation of technology revolutionized filmmaking. But with the smartphone filmmaking, the barrier to entry drops to something close to zero.

It’s an ultra low-cost medium. It’s easy to use. It also offers a sense of immediacy — you can do away with crew or shoot surreptitiously. It turns anyone into an amateur filmmaker — but as the smartphone is being adopted by professional filmmakers, it’s fostering a new aesthetic.

Filmmakers first started using the smartphone to film in 2005; the following year Italian directors, Marcello Mencarini and Barbara Seghezzi released a feature-length doc, “New Love Meetings (Comizi d’Amore),” shot in MPEG-4 with a mobile phone. In 2007, South African director Aryan Kaganof released “SMS Sugar Man,” a feature-length narrative shot using the Sony Ericsson W900i.

In 2011, directors Hooman Khalili and Pat Gilles released the feature, “Olive,” shot on a Nokia N8, and Korean director Chan-Wook Park released the award-winning short, “Paranmanjang (Night Fishing).” Last year’s Oscar-winning documentary, Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man,” integrated 8mm film and iPhone video.

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