Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Lights, action, mobile?

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From the article:

A feature-length film made using cellphones. Sound improbable? Well it's not in South Africa. Eight cellphones, $US160,000, and a good idea – could this be the future of film-making?

South African director Aryan Kaganof thinks so. And to prove it, he made SMS Sugar Man, which is billed as the world's first feature film shot entirely on mobile phones.


SMS Sugar Man – which is due to premiere in May – cost just a fraction of the six million rand that many low-budget local films cost.

By comparison, Hollywood pictures typically cost $US40 million to $US50 million and often exceed $US100 million.

"We wanted to make a radically low-budget film to show that anyone can do this," said producer Michelle Wheatley.

"There are a lot of people in Africa who want to make films and can't afford it."

Good on 'em! This, along with Robert Rodriguez' advice, is propelling me to pick up my still camera that does little clips of video, and make a movie - any movie - and get some momentum going, and learn something.


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