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“Lights! Cameraphone! Action!”
Now Everyone’s a Movie Mogul 

A hundred years ago, movie cameras were bulky machines that required a crew to operate. Today in our pockets millions of us carry smartphones capable of creating high definition movies that would have seemed magical to early directors like D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille.

Responding to the explosive development of cameraphone cinema, the International Movie Trailer Festival (IMTF) is holding a moviemaking contest that turns the whole world into Hollywood. In partnership with TiVo, IMTF invites anyone with a smartphone and a little imagination to submit a trailer for a movie still in the dream stage. 

These video pitches can be for work in any genre including horror, comedy, sci fi, drama, romance, web series, and documentary. 

Festival cofounder Ronald Sallon explains, “You don’t need an army of grips, gaffers, and gofers to create entertaining video. You do need a story, but luckily storytelling is an activity everyone can do. It’s an innate skill that is a defining quality of being human.”

Of course, effectively using a simple camera to produce a watchable video does require know how. That’s why the Festival includes a variety of tips on such activities as scripting a trailer, getting exciting shots, helping amateur actors give strong performances, and editing the shots into memorable movies.

Festival cofounder Murray Suid, himself a film school graduate, notes that the mobile movie ultimately cannot compete with Hollywood movies in terms of production values. But that’s not a bad thing. “The cameraphone ushers in a new era of simpler, more immediate video making,” he says. “Just as budget restrictions in the 1940s and 1950s led to a less complex lighting style that we now prize as film noir, the limitations of smartphone moviemaking almost certainly will lead to fresh cinematic styles that will enchant audiences, and that will fit perfectly into the new habit of viewing movies on mobile devices and in home theaters. 

The cameraphone contest isn’t just for the moviemaker. In addition to enjoying the entries online at www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com, audiences get to choose the winners. Explains Sallon, “Fans can vote online or at the movies. While theatergoers are usually cautioned to turn off their mobiles, this time they’ll be invited to turn on their phones and use texting to give their favorite a digital thumbs up.”

The grand prize winning moviemaker will receive cash plus support to produce the movie represented by the top trailer. This movie will be distributed online and in movie theaters.

Giving validity to the idea that cameraphones can be used for authentic purposes, IMTF’s own promotional trailer for Lights! Cameraphone! Action! was made using a mobile device. That video, plus an online entry form, can be accessed at 
http://www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/cameraphone-contest/

With its previous trailer competitions having drawn entries from 35 countries and most U.S. states, the Festival expects the competition to uncover major league talent among the tens of millions of smartphone users worldwide. 

For skeptics who say that not much can be done with a pocket camera, Suid replies, “Remember, Steven Spielberg started with an 8mm camera.”


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George HilbertJul 17, 2012+2
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I think that advances in equipment open doors to many people who otherwise would not have had the opportunity. However, as always, it is talent, and not equipment that makes a great film. Steven Spielberg may have started with an 8mm camera, but so did a lot of other people. The fact that he succeeded and they did not is no accident. I think the proliferation of easy to use, high quality portable cameras will result in a slight uptake in high quality amateur efforts, but overall, it will be the person with an eye and a dream, coupled with a great story that will continue to make great films.

stephanie wanamakerOct 14, 2012Edit+1
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agreed +George Hilbert who knows you could be the next Spielberg!

George HilbertOct 14, 2012+1
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+stephanie wanamaker Way too late for me, but my point was that equipment is the best it has ever been, so it will not impede the person who DOES have the eye for quality. Also, the internet has removed many of the obstacles that traditional distribution channels have had locked up forever...

stephanie wanamakerOct 14, 2012Edit+1
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+George Hilbert agreed completely that is it much easier than 10 years ago

William HollieOct 14, 2012
sounds like fun. Did you submit one +stephanie wanamaker? 

stephanie wanamakerOct 14, 2012Edit
+William Hollie no don't have decent equipment just am friends with people who own the site 

William HollieOct 14, 2012+1
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sane with me +stephanie wanamaker i don't have the equipment. But it does sound like fun.

Vladimir D. PaulinoJan 1, 2013
Interesting, I read an article about Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia co-founder) in June 2012, please...see what he said. http://hamzagadgets.blogspot.com/2012/06/wikipedias-founder-predicted-hollywoods.html

Vladimir D. PaulinoJan 1, 2013
PD: Y Tried to find the entire declarations fo Walles, but just found this..
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IMTF provides an innovative and disruptive model that allows frustrated moviemakers, directors, actors, and producers to share their creativity and compete directly with the best in the world. Better still, through providing cash prizes and, for the best of the best, access to broad distribution, IMTF is a perfect reflection of movie-making reality.

What is movie-making reality? You may ask. Simple. Every movie starts with a dream. To be successful the dream must be backed by imagination and ability. If it is, and if the execution can impress the Producers and Distributors with which IMTF is partnered, your movie could get the attention and the money that it deserves.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You don’t need professional cameras and lighting. You don’t even need one of the new-generation of DSLR’s. If you have talent, and know talent, and you have a SmartPhone… Compete! If you are truly great you will win. From this point on, equipment will be the least of your worries.

Success can be really tough. Of course, you can only discover this if you make it in the first place...