Some years back when digital camcorders started appearing in consumer marker having tremendous picture quality I remember reading an appraising comment from George Lucas for the tech. He admired and said such revolutionary technology will change the 35mm format in future due to its cost effectiveness yet promise to deliver the stunning picture quality.
That is for professionals, for the beginners technology has progressed in another way. Smart phones’ cameras of today come with handy functionality and good picture quality on low cost offering young video makers a great chance to have their shot on filmmaking.
Tom Harper’s The Swarm, Olive by Hooman Khalili, and 33 minute long Night Fishing by Park Chan-wook are films shot on smart phone cameras: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, Nokia N8, and iPhone respectively.
The Disposable Film Festival which is to open the proceedings live at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre from March 22 to March 25, is the platform that admires the efforts of such avant-garde genre of filmmaking. Not only those films shot on smart phones, also those shot with one-time-use cameras (disposable film) are entered into this competition.
The Disposable Film Festival has received 2000 entries from across the globe compared to 1200 of last year. The festival is to add music and travel video screening category this year as well.
Disposable film and smart phone camera, both are moving side by side to aid the amateurs for cost controlled videography. The 18 shorts that are to be screened at the Disposable Film Festival are not of professional quality as videos, images, and pre-recorded audio is edited into making one piece.