The latest Screentalk Oxfordshire event explored how filmmakers are using mobile phones in new ways for creative storytelling. In a packed room at Oxford’s Curzon Cinema, BBC filmmaker and trainer Bob Walters and interactive production expert Nihal Tharoor shared their experience of making films with smartphones to add authenticity and interactivity to their projects.
Screentalk’s Zuleika Kingdon, founder of Distant Object Productions, set the scene with clips from well-known movie makers using smartphones to great effect and with commercial success. Steven Soderbergh’s 2018 Unsane, starring Claire Foy, cost just £1.2m ($1.5m) to make and was described by The New Yorker as one of his best. Kingdon also cited Starvecrow as an example of how phones are used to tap into the trend for narcissism in filmmaking, and showed Batman director Zack Snyder’s acclaimed short, Snow Steam Iron.
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