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
If you watched the Oscars last night, you might’ve seen one of the producers of our film win an Academy Award for the documentary short film ‘Inocente.’ Jeff edited the film and went on stage last night along with Inocente and directors Sean Fine and Anderea Nix Fine to collect the Academy Award! Read more
My good friend and former college roommate John Curcio and I were driving around, guided by a GPS. We were singing along to songs on the radio, but changing the lyrics to suit our comedic tastes. Suddenly the iconic song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” came on. Read more
CODEBREAKER, an award winning drama documentary, tells the story of Alan Turing, the genius mathematician credited as the driving intellectual force behind the development of the computer in the 1930s. Turing also played a pivotal role in helping the Allies win World War II by breaking the German naval Enigma code. Read more
Shaky video can ruin an otherwise excellent smartphone video. An inexpensive solution is the HandlePod from one of the sponsors of our “Lights! Cameraphone! Action!” contest. Read more
When I made the trailer for A DEFIANT DUDE, I had one goal in mind: To find an audience.
As filmmakers, it’s easy to lose sight of the audience. We get caught in the technical aspects of writing, financing, producing and editing our movie. Read more
I made the BRAIN GOBBLERS FROM SATURN when I was 13. (I am 14 now). It was based on the 1950′s B Movie Horror Films like “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.” Read more
Chris St. Pierre is a member of the 2012 jury and a professional trailer editor. He was the editor and a producer of the 2010 Grand Prize winner, Where My Heart Beats. At IMTF’s request, Chris offered a few suggestions on making effective trailers. Read more