There’s a story behind every interesting movie. No exception with “Clothes Time,” an animated children’s web series written and directed by Haven Mitchell. We’re pleased to have his reflections on the trailer and the valuable advice he shares.
IMTF: Haven, we’ve encountered scores of subjects in the trailers submitted to our Festival. But this is the first work featuring clothes. What inspired you to choose this topic?
HM: I’ve always been interested in animation. Most notable…Looney tunes while growing up in Oregon. I went through a lengthy divorce a while ago and found myself wondering, what are the simple things that make people happy? And I came up with the simple words…BEING APPRECIATED. I wanted to use animation and the world of “Clothes” as a metaphor for “APPRECIATION” because it will allow us to teach future generations to appreciate one another in the early stages of their lives. Read more
Magic Bullet is a short-film adaptation of The Cure – a feature film script I wrote mid-2010. In the process of seeking funds for the feature film, I decided to make a short and hopefully use it to pique investor’s interest in the feature. To make this short calling card more compelling I thought, “Why not shoot it on a smartphone?” Read more
New York City has been my home for seven years – and as I searched my own darkness, the Big Apple revealed itself to me.
I started writing detective novels at age nine, and then progressively tackled new genres, and new styles as years went by. By age seventeen, I was ready to go to film school. But life, and my father’s guidance, took me on a different path. I thought writing had been only a phase of my artistic youth. After all, I had to live on my own, and writing wouldn’t pay the bills – at least, that’s what my dad used to say. So I listened to him, and let my passion become a mere memory. Read more
Making a novel come to life is a thrilling experience. And when a team of talented people joined me to create a trailer for my fantasy story, pouring their hearts into the project, I just can’t express the thrill! Read more
The story of THE DEVELOPER originated from Hungarian cartoonist/filmmaker Robert Odegnal. This film is his work in all respects. From the birth of the idea through the detailed screenplay development and thorough pre-production, production and post-production of the film, Robert did basically everything. He imagined this world with its characters; he drew the storyboard based on his own comic Read more
It’s rare to be able to contribute to the beginnings of a new format in the creative fields. And yet, when novelist Gerard Bianco and Rare View Films contacted me about adapting “The Deal Master” into a book trailer – I knew I was. This was a chance to create a new type of content: a book trailer. Not a 30-sec TV spot with a couple of graphic images and a voice-over, but a high-quality book trailer done exactly like one for a film! Read more
1962. The Arctic Research Vessel Tornado is on a routine resupply mission to a research station in the North Pole. Thrown off course by a terrifying blizzard and without a heading, disaster strikes and the ship is stranded in the inhospitable arctic ice. Hope arrives when the crew discover a submarine missing since the Second World War, frozen under the ice for over twenty years. But they soon find that what they uncovered was best left buried.
Frostbite is a proof of concept trailer for a proposed Horror/Adventure feature film which will strand the audience in the most dangerous environment on earth and prove that in the Arctic, the cold is the least of your worries. Read more
Mama Europa (“Mother Europe”) is a humorous creative documentary confronting the borders of Europe and those whose lives are closely associated with them. The film takes us on a journey around Europe during which we visit some of its remaining non-Schengen borders. We uncover life on these borders, what problems they pose for the locals and what they do to cope with these problems. Read more
Buddy Calvo—who directed “STAGE V,” one of the finalists in IMTF’s cameraphone competition—talks about his experience using a mobile device to shoot his trailer.
This was our first time using a mobile device (iPhone 4S) to make a trailer–or any kind of video. When we heard about the “Lights! Cameraphone! Action!” competition, we thought it would be a cool experience and we welcomed the challenge. Read more
Taryn Ocko, who co-directed OUTSIDE THE GRIDIRON, answers questions about using a smartphone to shoot a video.
1. How long have you been using a mobile device to make videos?
My co-director Dan Vaughan and I have both used our iPhones to take video before, but this was the first time Dan and I ever used our phones to create a video like this. Read more