The directors speak

To shoot a film with a mobile telephone... an experience which unearths many questions. Spontaneity, fluid gestures, the relationship between the filmer and the filmed...particularities linked to this creative act. Artists who made a film with their mobile telephone and participated in the Pocket Films Festival were part of a new experience. Read their impressions and thoughts about this new creative tool.

My thoughts about « Le Cahier froid »

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Different signs make me think that modern society has mutated into fiction. It’s, in a way, gone through the looking glass. With the different events happening all over the world, we often hear « reality has caught up with fiction ». This expression no longer has reason, because reality has become fiction. The real is scripted. The individual no longer builds a life from the experience lived in movement ; instead it adopts early on a role, a character, that is inscribed with ease into the (...)
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Immediacy

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Shooting with a mobile phone, I have an « immediate » experience. I capture the images when I want and really how I want. My initial comportment was to create images as documentary, a little cold. Bit by bit, I moved towards more intimacy and more reality : the distance is less than with a classic camera. I wanted to seize the sensation and the feeling of a moment and I think the telephone allowed me to get closer to that. I could create images without too much discomfort and my small (...)
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Freedom of movements

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The lightness of a portable camera allows a lot of freedom of movement, you can move the body, the arm and the hand, which isn’t possible with a heavier camera. Louis Sourdille
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Freedom and exchange

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The Pocket Films festival gave me the occasion to shoot images with rediscovered and reinvented freedom : I often thought, having this tool on me at all times, about impressions, about the joys that without a doubt I shared with those who savoured the pleasure of one... first time... imprint, simultaneously of tenderness and clumsiness... Yves Rousselet
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« A daily exercise »

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The experience of having a small-sized camera on me made me sensitive to the day-to-day. The poorness of the image quality (colour definition, the sound is particularly bad), doesn’t allow envisaging other than little daily notes. The results are very modest. I don’t know why I wanted to even tell a story. The gratification comes very quickly. « Ben oui » took me 10 minutes. Maybe it’s better to do it, like Christophe Atabekian does, as a daily exercise. Ysé (...)
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Spontaneity

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Filming with a mobile phone allowed me to render fleeting instants, taken in the moment, visible ; instants that couldn’t be captured in another way. A classic video camera imposes the decision to shoot at a chosen moment, whereas the telephone, an object that is with you at all times, allows for filming spontaneous moments. Fast and easy pocket video. Mercedes Pacho
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Mood filmmaking

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The experience I had with this way of shooting is precisely that there isn’t, or almost isn’t. The strange thing, is that for the film, absolutely nothing was planned in advance, and the result can be felt : the film is a mood. Julien Tang
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Notes on « La Parole électrique »

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What is immediately striking in the Tokyo metro is the very strong presence of the mobile phone. This object has taken the place of the book or the newspaper. It’s above all young women who use it, less to call elsewhere than to read messages and mails, to consult the luminous screen in the palm of their hands. In one gesture, calm and sure, seductive, they liberate the metal object of fetish from their handbags, un-flip it with a simple flick of the wrist, and absorb themselves in the (...)
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