The process of creating films and video programming is extensive and can be exhausting. But for Anthony Bradford, our guest on the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 97, it’s about how much it prolongs the production process. Mobile filmmaking shortens a lot of the production so Anthony can go from pre-production and planning, to post-production and distribution.
Anthony Bradford is an actor and a producer who writes screenplays and has a lot of ideas for stories. During our podcast he shares how he organizes all his ideas so he can turn them into screenplays. He’s inspired by his story ideas. Some ideas come to him while he is driving, so he has to jot them down while stopped at a stop light. This type of dedication is probably one of the reasons he’s able to create some great stories into films.
Our conversation highlights the process from his perspective, which can help our listeners organize their own ideas for their films.
Anthony had to learn to edit his auditions “self-tapes” as an actor. He began with iMovie but has since learned the Adobe Premier editing program, and he uses other Adobe programs for sound as well.
Anthony is driven by the concept of stories in films. He shares how important it is to focus on your story and then revolve your method of capturing your story around it. The method he uses includes good audio. During this episode, you’ll listen to Anthony share some of the creative ideas he’s used to overcome some of the quirks that come up while filming with a smartphone. After all, the camera is only one part of your smartphone and all that your smartphone does in the background.
He mentions the microphones he uses and his back up process for audio capturing.
Anthony works meticulously to ensure that even though he saves time in production using a smartphone camera, he does not cut the quality of the filming and post-production short.
“Cleaning up with the audio—it can just feel like very monotonous but it’s super important, and I feel like it’s the longest part of the process.” Anthony Bradford
Anthony produces a web series, Love Millennial Style with his production company is called Priceless Productions.
His film, Raider of the Last TP is screening at the International Mobile Film Festival which will take place online this year due to the event restrictions still in place. He shot the short film with an iPhone 11.
The film’s synopsis: A teacher moonlights as a basement storage unit raider in his spare time in search for a roll of toilet paper.
Of course, Anthony is also an actor. It’s impressive to see an actor who is not only directing and producing, but writing and editing his own projects. Anthony is routinely working as an actor, which is important for all actors. He shares how he’s working on his films, his web series and acting on television and films. It requires dedication and it’s commendable.
Like many who are making movies after 2015, Anthony was inspired by Sean Baker’s film, Tangerine. He watched the film and then found out, after watching it, that Sean Baker had shot it with the iPhone using FilmicPro and Moondog Labs anamorphic lens for iPhones.
This episode of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is inspiring because Anthony Bradford indulged me with many details on the topic of filmmaking, mainly with smartphone cameras. It’s an entertaining conversation about making movies, acting, editing, directing and more.
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.
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