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SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking

12
Jan 2021

Mystery Story and Smartphone Video Travels with Michael and Melissa Harlow

Michael Harlow shared a story with me almost ten years ago and told me it was a secret. Imagine you stumble across an intriguing discovery that is filled with mystery. I know some people cannot keep a secret for a number of hours, but imagine keeping this big discovery a secret all these years. 

My guests on the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking episode 93 are Michael and Melissa Harlow. They share the art and tech of earning a living as a voice over professional. They also discuss how they created a travel vlog using smartphones to produce videos of their adventures. Imagine dropping your career and selling everything you own to spend your life traveling. One key to doing that is to live debt free and my guests will share how they were able to do that and how you can do it too. 

Michael shares the secret story with our listeners. It’s a story about a mysterious discovery that I find very intriguing. It’s exciting that Michael is sharing this story publicly for the first time with our listeners. It could be that one of you can help Michael in a documentary about his discovery. I won’t say more because you’ll need to listen to his story to find out why he kept it a secret so long and why I’m excited to share it with the world in this episode of our podcast. 

Some of the tips Melissa and Michael share include how to create your own travel vlog using smartphone cameras. I met Michael and Melissa in person, as San Diego natives, during the Inaugural International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego back in 2012 after listening to Michael’s secret story. 

If you want to live a life as an adventure vlogger, either for years or a few months, Melissa and Michael will share some great tips with you. It’s your life, and it’s your story.

SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. 

Follow Michael and Melissa on their adventures on social media and let them know you heard them in our podcast.

The Adventure Travelers Links:
Subscribe to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/theadventuretravelers?sub_confirmation=1 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheAdventureTravelers 
Blog & Website: https://theadventuretravelers.com/ 
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventureTravelers/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theadventuretravelers/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelharlow/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/theadventuretra/
Tumblr:  https://theadventuretravelers-universe.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdventureTvlrs

Melissa’s Website: http://melissaharlowvo.com 
How Melissa got started and thrived in VoiceOver: http://melissaharlowvo.com/index.php/change-to-voice-over-career/

Our Links:  

Smartphone Filmmaking Publication on Medium: https://medium.com/smartphonefilmmaking  

Subscribe, support and listen to bonus episodes and more on Patreon: http://patreon.com/sbppodcast 

SBP Podcast Website: http://sbppodcast.studio  

iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sbp-podcast/id1296673665  

Video and Film Streaming Distribution for Smartphone Films: http://mobilefilmstories.com  

International Mobile Film Festival Website: http://internationalmobilefilmfestival.com 

Facebook: http://facebook.com/sbppodcast 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sbppodcast 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mobilefilmsd/ 

MFTV - Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel: http://MobileChannel.TV 

Susy Botello on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susybotello 

SBP Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4ISEF0SZOLyRpw20loXzlo#upsell 

Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sbp-podcast-mobile-filmmaking-928180  

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mobilfilmfestival?sub_confirmation=1 

© Copyright 2021 S. Botello Productions™. All rights reserved.

29
Dec 2020

Smartphone Moviemaking Insights with Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow

We talked about horses and hobbits with our honorary ambassadors Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow. You may know Jed and Mark from their roles as Dwarf brothers Nori and Dori in Peter Jackson’s, The Hobbit. They also starred together in the feature-length film shot with iPhone, Blue Moon by Stef Harris. Mark’s real life daughter, Olivia Hadlow also had a role in the film.

We probably should tell you that our ambassadors become part of our family. But Jed and Mark have a camaraderie and brotherly love for each other that goes back many years. They’ve worked together playing different roles in many of Peter Jackson’s films like Lord Of The Rings and King Kong.

Mark Hadlow spent weeks touring in theater for his stage performance in Cinderella, and he’d just got home when he sat down with Jed and myself to record this podcast episode on December 20th. 

The conversation draws you in as the discussion moves from talking about storytelling and filmmaking to the experience as theater actors working on a film that takes place in a single location. Jed and Mark each share the differences between working on a theater stage and on a set with a mobile phone as the camera. Then we talk about the difference between a smartphone and a traditional camera on set, and how that affected the experience from the actors’ perspective.

Episode 92 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking will bring you through an evening discussion with two fascinating actors in New Zealand. The conversation gets pretty entertaining. Listening to best friends who refer to each other as brothers, kid around and bring you into their conversation as a friend. 

As you listen to this episode you’ll find yourself believing you’re a part of the conversation. You may laugh out loud. Best of all, you’ll be inspired by their message to you. 

Mark Hadlow will be sitting on the judging panel for the feature film competition for the 2021 edition of the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Jed Brophy will sit on the judging panel for the short film competition. The festival will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary event and 13 years since its launch in 2009. IMFF 2021 will take place during the last weekend of April in San Diego.

SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. 

Be sure to follow Mark and Jed on social media and let them know you heard them in our podcast. Listen to previous episodes on this podcast with Jed Brophy Episode 55, and Mark Hadlow Episode 59.

Jed Brophy’s Website: https://www.jedbrophy.nz 

Jed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrophyJed 

Mark Hadlow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealmarkhadlow/ 

Jed Brophy SBP Podcast Episode 55: https://mobilefilmmaking.podbean.com/e/jed-brophy-in-smartphone-feature-blue-moon-episode-55/ 

Mark Hadlow SBP Podcast Episode 59: https://mobilefilmmaking.podbean.com/e/the-acting-performance-of-a-feature-smartphone-film-with-mark-hadlow/

 

Links from this episode: 

Quoted by Jed Brophy about mobile filmmaking, Richard Taylor: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0853050/  

Mark’s performance as The Baron in Cinderella:  https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-lifestyle/star-entertainment/cinderella-comes-life-huge-beautiful-and-sparkling-ball 

Watch Blue Moon: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8124376/ 

IMFF 2021 Judges: https://internationalmobilefilmfestival.com/news/53-2021-judges 

 

Our Links:  

Smartphone Filmmaking Publication on Medium: https://medium.com/smartphonefilmmaking    

Subscribe, support and listen to bonus episodes and more on Patreon: http://patreon.com/sbppodcast   

SBP Podcast Website: http://sbppodcast.studio     

iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sbp-podcast/id1296673665     

Video and Film Streaming Distribution for Smartphone Films: http://mobilefilmstories.com    

International Mobile Film Festival Website: http://internationalmobilefilmfestival.com    

Facebook: http://facebook.com/sbppodcast    

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sbppodcast    

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mobilefilmsd/    

MFTV - Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel: http://MobileChannel.TV    

Susy Botello on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susybotello    

SBP Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4ISEF0SZOLyRpw20loXzlo#upsell

Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sbp-podcast-mobile-filmmaking-928180

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mobilfilmfestival?sub_confirmation=1    

© Copyright 2020 S. Botello Productions™. All rights reserved.

22
Dec 2020

Filmmaking Cameras and the Smartphone with James Smith

James Smith was “never a fan of mobile filmmaking,” he says. When he and his partner, Caroline Spence, lost their camera person and the actual camera on their film set, Caroline suggested using a smartphone.

In episode 91 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking we bring our listeners to the U.K. and talk to experienced filmmaker, James Smith. We discuss all things filmmaking and compare the differences between production with a traditional camera and smartphone cameras. 

James shares many great tips, and advice, about making films using a hybrid technique of traditional filmmaking with the smartphone camera. He also explains, in great detail, the benefits of treating your mobile film production as professional as possible, while at the same time, using the smartphone camera to your advantage. 

James Smith and Caroline Spence, whom we spoke with in episode 90, have produced two feature-length films with their smartphone: Cyberlante and Surveilled. 

We discuss acquiring a crew, which happens gradually over time. We chat a bit about the unique industry that filmmaking is, which is not a traditional 9 to 5 job. Adaptability and passion is ultimately necessary to survive in the filmmaking environment. 

Even though you are making a film with a smartphone, that still does not mean you don’t need funds to complete your project. We discuss a bit about the traditional funding process. James compares the benefits of funding in what I called “community funding” through crowdfunding. He also discussed a bit about what crowdfunding is like, and how it differs to traditional funding for filmmakers.

In this episode of our podcast James shares direct comparisons to mobile filmmaking versus traditional filmmaking during production, on a film set. The different attachments for the smartphone camera in comparison to traditional cameras, such as lenses, can be a challenge for traditional filmmakers used to larger gear. There are also quirks that can happen with apps, and phone settings, as simple turning off notifications so you don’t get a call while recording. There are many details to remember during your film production to prep your camera to adapt it from using it as your phone one minute and a filming camera the next.

SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. 

You can watch Cyberlante on Amazon now: 
https://www.amazon.com/Cyberlante-Gavin-Gordon/dp/B08K32P3WX 

Follow James Smith:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jsmithwriter  
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jsmithwriter/ 

LINKS:

Raya Films
www.RayaFilms.com 
https://twitter.com/cspenceproducer 
https://twitter.com/jsmithwriter 
https://twitter.com/RayaFilms 
http://www.facebook.com/RayaFilmsLondon   

Cyberlante
www.cyberlantemovie.com 
https://twitter.com/CyberlanteMovie 
http://www.facebook.com/cyberlantemovie 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10063580 

Surveilled
www.surveilledmovie.com 
https://twitter.com/SurveilledMovie 
http://www.facebook.com/surveilledmovie 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7336284 

Current Film Project not shot with smartphones: 
https://rayafilms.com/castingkill 

Our Links:  

Smartphone Filmmaking Publication on Medium: https://medium.com/smartphonefilmmaking

Subscribe, support and listen to bonus episodes and more on Patreon: http://patreon.com/sbppodcast  

SBP Podcast Website: http://sbppodcast.studio    

iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sbp-podcast/id1296673665    

Video and Film Streaming Distribution for Smartphone Films: http://mobilefilmstories.com    

International Mobile Film Festival Website: http://internationalmobilefilmfestival.com   

Facebook: http://facebook.com/sbppodcast    

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sbppodcast   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mobilefilmsd/    

Susy Botello on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susybotello    

SBP Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4ISEF0SZOLyRpw20loXzlo#upsell     

Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sbp-podcast-mobile-filmmaking-928180     

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mobilfilmfestival?sub_confirmation=1    

© Copyright 2020 S. Botello Productions™. All rights reserved.

17
Nov 2020

Lost Camera Turned To Smartphone Feature Film with Caroline Spence

When they lost their camera person on location, Caroline Spence of Raya Films, made the suggestion to use a smartphone and turned a bad situation into a fortunate one. 

Our guest in Episode 90 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is Caroline Spence. She is a screenwriter and producer, but she plays different roles on set as needed. She’s even played an assassin in one of the company’s films.

Without going through 89 of our previous episodes, I cannot recall a time when our podcast featured a guest filmmaker who had made more than one feature film with a smartphone. But our guest, has completed two feature length films. 

“Cyberlante,” has been released to Amazon Prime. Their second mobile feature film, “Surveilled,” was just accepted into the UK’s “biggest film festival,” Horror-on-Sea Film Festival.

My conversation with Caroline was lots of fun and inspiring and I believe you will enjoy listening to her share the experiences she has had during the production of two features shot on smartphones. “Cyberlante” was shot with the Google Pixel and “Surveilled” began filming with the same phone. However, during filming, something happened and they had to get a new phone, so they used a Samsung S9 Plus. 

Caroline has always loved the arts, drama and films. However, it was her work for a realtor that introduced her to the filmmaking industry, as a participant. 

It was after an experience, working for the realtor, to be on camera for a TV Travel Show that she teamed up with James Smith in 2004, and began to write screenplays and make films with Raya Films. 

Screenwriting has become her passion. She learned how to write screenplays on her own. She studied the craft from a book, reading screenplays and then studying the films from those screenplays. Although her screenplays received good reviews, even from people in Hollywood, she and her partner had trouble with funding for the films. So they shot most of their films on low budgets.

During one of those films, the cinematographer quit and took his camera with him, leaving James and Caroline without a camera. It was then, that Caroline brought up the idea of using a smartphone to experiment making a feature film. James agreed and so they began to shoot “Cyberlante,” A film about a young man who moves to a new town who begins to use his skills as a hacker out of curiosity and stumbles upon a situation at the isolated hotel he is working for.

Caroline shares the challenge of making that film because for one thing, she was writing the screenplay as they shot it. They were also filming it with a handful of people. Her partner, James, was directing and filming using the smartphone camera. Caroline was alternating between the role of sound tech and script supervisor. One of the actors was running sound while he was off camera so she could focus on continuity as script supervisor.

The film received great reviews and is currently available on Amazon Prime. 

Their second smartphone film, “Surveilled,” a mystery horror, was planned. They were surprised at how many people were willing to travel to the UK from different countries, to take part in the production. 

Caroline and James were in their small yacht in Spain in March, this year, when they were forced to quarantine. They kept trying to leave but about nine cancelled flights later, they realized they were stuck. So they made due and finished editing their film in there until they were able to leave in July. 

Currently, Caroline and James are working on their next film, which is not a smartphone film, “Casting Kill,” as they continue to make films with Raya Films. 

Caroline Spence knows how to turn bad situations into good outcomes and she shares several times that she has been able to do that. It’s quite inspiring to listen to her stories and accounts on being challenged and rising to the occasion with the best outcome.

SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. 


Watch the trailer for Surveilled: https://youtu.be/wzu-mbO4eRM 

Watch the trailer for Cyberlante: https://youtu.be/ztnuWhHAnZw 

Watch it on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Cyberlante-Gavin-Gordon/dp/B08K32P3WX 

Follow Caroline on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cspenceproducer

LINKS:

Raya Films
www.RayaFilms.com 
https://twitter.com/cspenceproducer 
https://twitter.com/jsmithwriter 
https://twitter.com/RayaFilms 
http://www.facebook.com/RayaFilmsLondon    

Cyberlante
www.cyberlantemovie.com 
https://twitter.com/CyberlanteMovie 
http://www.facebook.com/cyberlantemovie 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10063580 

Surveilled
www.surveilledmovie.com 
https://twitter.com/SurveilledMovie 
http://www.facebook.com/surveilledmovie 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7336284 

Current Film Project not shot with smartphones: https://rayafilms.com/castingkill

Our Links:  

Smartphone Filmmaking Publication on Medium: https://medium.com/smartphonefilmmaking     

Subscribe, support and listen to bonus episodes and more on Patreon: http://patreon.com/sbppodcast     

SBP Podcast Website: http://sbppodcast.studio      

iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sbp-podcast/id1296673665     

Video and Film Streaming Distribution for Smartphone Films: http://mobilefilmstories.com    

International Mobile Film Festival Website: http://internationalmobilefilmfestival.com    

Facebook: http://facebook.com/sbppodcast     

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sbppodcast    

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mobilefilmsd/     

MFTV - Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel: http://MobileChannel.TV    

Susy Botello on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susybotello    

SBP Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4ISEF0SZOLyRpw20loXzlo#upsell      

Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sbp-podcast-mobile-filmmaking-928180     

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mobilfilmfestival?sub_confirmation=1    

© Copyright 2020 S. Botello Productions™. All rights reserved.

31
Oct 2020

Halloween 2020 with Special Guest Host Aaron Nabus

Aaron and I discuss tonight’s Blue Moon, briefly, or as a segue to a movie shot with an iPhone, called “Blue Moon.” 

We quickly began to discuss some creative ways to make use of your smartphone camera to make scary movies even creepier. We then discussed other Halloween stories like some story about a monkey’s paw, told by Aaron. Then I shared a creepy true story that I experienced with a friend. 

We also gave a few shout outs to some of the members of “The Quad” on the new Mobile Film Stories website and streaming movies service for smartphone filmmakers. 

I also somehow made a connection as to why Vote and Voice begin with the letter V. Thanks for listening to Episode 89 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking.

SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones.

Aaron Nabus Website: https://hallh.com

Our Links:

The Quad on Mobile Film Stories: https://mobilefilmstories.com/the-quad/  

International Mobile Film Festival Submit on FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/InternationalMobileFilmFestival      

Twitter to follow me: https://twitter.com/susybotello  

Twitter to follow Mobile Film Stories: https://twitter.com/mobilefilmstory  

Subscribe, support and listen to bonus episodes and more on Patreon: http://patreon.com/sbppodcast   

SBP Podcast Website: http://sbppodcast.studio    

iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sbp-podcast/id1296673665    

International Mobile Film Festival Website: http://internationalmobilefilmfestival.com   

Facebook: http://facebook.com/sbppodcast   

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sbppodcast   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mobilefilmsd/   

MFTV - Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel: http://MobileChannel.TV   

Susy Botello on Twitter: http://twitter.com/susybotello   

SBP Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4ISEF0SZOLyRpw20loXzlo#upsell    

Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sbp-podcast-mobile-filmmaking-928180   

Smartphone Filmmaking Publication on Medium: https://medium.com/smartphonefilmmaking    

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mobilfilmfestival?sub_confirmation=1 

© Copyright 2020 S. Botello Productions™. All rights reserved.  

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