For Border Film Project, Brett Huneycutt, Victoria Criado and Rudy Adler spent three months on the U.S. Mexico border filming and distributing hundreds of disposable cameras to two groups on different sides of the line: undocumented migrants crossing the desert and Minutemen volunteers trying to stop them.
The aim of the project is to simplify the complexities of immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border, but also to show the realities on the ground. To date, the trio has received more than 1,500 photographs and more continue to arrive everyday. The pictures tell stories that no news piece or policy debate or academic study could convey.
Bluevend is a wall-mounted Bluetooth vending machine designed for the distribution of creative mobile phone content. Pockets Shorts and Bluevend (both funded with the support of NESTA) is for everyone who is baffled with WAP, tired of Crazy Frog and who is unsure of the safety of buying anything by mobile.
I read about that device a few days ago and i found the idea so interesting that i wrote its developer Lisa Roberts, Director of BLINK, to get more details about it.
Inside the perspex case, lit from inside with blue LED strips, is a pc with a bluetooth 30 metre USB adapter. It was developed initially to solve a problem for our Pocket Shorts filmmakers who, though they made films for mobiles wanted a presense and a chance to promote their work during key film festivals.
We needed to find a solution that didn't involve showing them on big screen as that would have defeated the object of the scheme so Blink came up with Bluevend with Daniel Blackburn (from carbonbased games and Tile Toy fame). We also worked with the Designers Republic on the interface design.
You've already shown Bluevend in a series of venues...
We tested it first in the delegates centre at 2005 Edinburgh International Film Festival as we have a Pocket Shorts partner in Scotland. Then we went down to Brief Encounters in Bristol and then Rotterdam. It has been part funded by Nesta, University of Huddersfield and Arts Council of England and continues to evolve.
I have a lot of interest from San Francisco Film Fest and SXSW in Texas but there are very few smart phones in use in America compared to here so it would have only been something to marvel at rather than of practical use.
I really want to enable filmmakers to upload as well as download films to and from their mobiles. We envisage the uploaded films would go into a folder for selection later or ideally if we have a web connection we could administrate it all online.
How successful has the installation of Bluevent been so far? Do mobile phone users welcome the opportunity of downloading free creative contents?
The overall success rate has varied between public tests and we still view Bluevend as a prototype - across the 3 site tests Bluevend has averaged 60% successful film transfer. This could mean that the users could have manually canceled the download, wandered out of the Bluetooth range, lack of memory on their phone or they might have even disrupted the transfer buy getting a phone call or text. So its a bit of a tricky area.
Are people comfortable with using bluetooth technology?
Most people with Bluetooth on their phone are confident with using it - they know they can choose to be discovered or not and wireless transfer of anything still has a bit of a thrill connected to it especially in this case as you can walk away and share a free film with your mates.
Do you have any plan to show it at other locations in the near future?
I am talking about it at Pixelache in Helsinki on the 30th March with a demo version - and then to Edinburgh IFF again in August - we hope to run a competition then as its the festivals 60th anniversay. After the One Take competition we did with Art Helder, NPS Korte Film Online and the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the magnificent short films that were made, edited, titled, uploaded and shared in a matter of days we feel confident that this is the way forward for a new generation of filmmakers. No budget films with everything you need in your pocket.
With phones like the N70 series Nokia (my particular favourite) you can shoot, edit, add titles, and transitions, share films for free via bluetooth with your close friend and via mms or email to others, gather peer review and then... when phones eventually get inbuilt projectors you'll be able to present your own adhoc screenings anywhere and everywhere. (See here.)
More information on Bluevend blog.
Japanese media artist couple Mika Miyabara and Tatsuo Sugimoto's new concept for movie editing helps children understand the process of editing which has become too abstract since losing the actual film itself.
1. Film your story with a digital camera.
The advanced concept of Movie Cards, enables you to print out each frame of your movie clips. The result looks very close to actually holding a film in your hand.
Since every frame has an individual bar-code printed next to the image you can edit the length of the clip by scanning the start and end frame of your sequence instead of cutting the film.
The developers also suggest to cut all of your desired frames and create a little flip-book.
This morning i ran into this super outlandish trailer of Deadly Weapons, with Chesty Morgan and Harry-Deep Throat-Reems. I first thought this trailer showing an assassin who kills men with her 73-inch bust size was some kind of joke. A quick look at imdb and i got fascinated by Doris Wishman, often referred to as the "female Ed Wood."
Most of her 30 films were sexploitation films. Her directing, editing and marketing skills were self-taught and almost all of her films were self-produced. They often featured hand held tracking shots that would be interrupted by cutaways to shots of ashtrays, bric-a-brac, and characters' knees, hands, and feet.
In 1958, Wishman started directing nudist films such as Blaze Starr Goes Nudist (1960, with burlesque star Blaze Starr) and Nude on the Moon (1962), the story of a nudist civilization on the moon and two Earth astronauts who discover it. When changes in legalities created markets for sexploitation films, Wishman made sassier films such as Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965), Another Day, Another Man (1966), Deadly Weapons (1973), and Double Agent 73 (1974). But when hardcore pornographic films went mainstream, her output dwindled, although she tried her hand at X-rated features such as Satan Was a Lady (1975). In 1978 she directed Let Me Die a Woman, a pseudo-documentary about transsexuals, featuring rather gruesome footage of actual sex-change operations.
More information of about Doris Wishman in Senses of cinema.
Each weekday in February, BBC is featuring a classic public information film from the past 60 years.
Yesterday´s pick Jobs for Young Girls dates from 1970.
The animation was produced to highlight the dangers of girls leaving school without thinking about further education or training.
Thanks a lot Rory.