MO­BILE MOVIES

TIME TO BE­COME A FILM DI­REC­TOR—AND ALL YOU NEED IS YOUR SMART­PHONE. HERE IS HOW TO MAKE A SHORT FILM WITH YOUR TRUSTY DE­VICE.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

The best mo­ments in life of­ten come unan­nounced and you want to store them some­where more than just in your mem­ory. Since you can’t al­ways carry a cam­era to cap­ture the oc­ca­sion, you will have to fall back on that of­ten for­got­ten, of­ten un­ap­pre­ci­ated, tiny pin hole, gaz­ing at the world from the back of the phone. With phones be­com­ing smarter, the em­bed­ded cam­eras too are ac­quir­ing HD and Full HD record­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties along with the power needed to process these files. From cre­at­ing a short movie to re­port­ing an im­por­tant event, to­day’s smart­phones can ac­tu­ally come close to the video cap­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a cam­corder. But while all phones can record videos, not ev­ery­one can cap­ture them noise-free. For­tu­nately for us, com­pa­nies like Ap­ple and Nokia are con­stantly work­ing on im­prov­ing the cam­era op­tics by us­ing big­ger sen­sors that can cap­ture more light.

A per­fect ex­am­ple of what phone cam­eras can do to­day is the much-ac­claimed stop mo­tion video Dot, shot by Aard­man An­i­ma­tions on the Nokia N8—a phone which can cap­ture video only at 720p res­o­lu­tion. While creative teams use high-end equip­ment not eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to many, there are some tools and tech­niques that can help you make great videos with­out burn­ing a hole in your denim pock­ets.

WHERE TO BE­GIN

“There are some sim­ple things to fol­low,” be­gins Gau­rav Ra­turi, film­maker and co-founder of Film­booth, a col­lec­tive on short films, “sto­ry­board­ing the idea and mak­ing sure you have the right footage to edit and come up with the final film. Pre-plan­ning should be per­fect as then the whole process of shoot­ing on lo­ca­tion be­comes a sim­ple process.”

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& PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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