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Found Film Friday: SPLITSCREEN: A LOVE STORY shot entirely on a cell phone

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
July 1st, 2011

I love the way that film and photography are evolving as the ability to shoot both becomes more mobile. It's allowing the focus to be put back on the image...it's not about what you shoot it with rather what you shoot. If the image is interesting or beautiful, then that comes through. And yet, in a way, it is entirely about what you shoot it with, as the boundaries of filmmaking are being bent and broken as filmmakers explore the idea of shooting things with whatever camera lends itself best to the story they are trying to tell. And now those filmmakers can be anyone...everyone has a camera with them at all times, able to capture every moment as it happens and tell the stories that occur all around them. Simply put, the best camera is the one that you have with you.

JW Griffiths is one of those filmmakers. He recently entered a contest Nokia held; a film festival for shorts shot on mobile phones if you will called the Nokia Shorts competition. Spoiler alert: he won. And after you see his film, you'll know why.

For your viewing pleasure, I present to you your Found Film Friday for June 30th, 2011; SPLITSCREEN: A LOVE STORY shot entirely on a Nokia N8 mobile phone.

Thanks to Gordon and the Whale's own Kate Erbland for this.

Found Film Friday is a weekly series inspired by the neat videos I come across in my frequent perusing of the Internets. Be it short films, animated shorts, fan-made films, experimental films, indie music videos, comedic shorts, a cat playing Rush covers on a mini drum set, or anything else that does not fit into those categories. The world wide web is a treasure trove of the moving image, allowing people all over the world to distribute their cinematic materializations in ways like never before. Thus, I give you Found Film Friday.

Got a FFF suggestion? E-mail the link to [email protected] with Found Film Friday as the subject!

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