The mobile filmmaking panel during the LockDownCon, a virtual conferenece organized by Neal and Jana Hallford of Swords and Circuitry Studios, based in San Diego took place Sunday, June 28, 2020. It was "simulcast" on Facebook and YouTube LIVE Featuring Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow of "Blue Moon" by Stef Harris and "The Hobbit" by Peter Jackson.
S. Botello Productions™ was one of the initial sponsors of the virtual conference, which brought 60 participants to the weekend online event. The participants were experts, professionals and "futurists" from different industries in pop culture. They ranged from comics, television and film, gaming, scifi, writers, cosplay and more.
During the "Filmmaking with Mobile Phones" panel, International Mobile Film Festival Honorary Ambassadors Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow, joined festival founder and SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking host, Susy Botello.
The conversation began with the topic surrounding the making of "Blue Moon," which was shot with the iPhone 7 in New Zealand written and Directed by Stef Harris. Mark Hadlow spoke about the history he had as an actor for Stef Harris' films in the past. "Blue Moon" is 85 minutes long, and was shot by Director of Photography Ryan O'Rourke and Edited by Judd Resnick.
Jed spoke about the storytelling aspect of the film and mentioned that he was inspired after reading the script the first time, and after reading it a third time he was excited to be a play the part of Daren Cates opposite his long-time frien Mark Hadlow as Horace Jones. Mark's real life daughter, Olivia Hadlow played Horace's daughter in the film. Jed shared some interesting insights in the differences between acting with a larger camera and crew and how the mobile camera enhanced their scenes on location.
The conversation became personal as Mark described the long relationship he and Jed Brophy had experienced during their long friendship as actors in New Zealand. Soon, the conversation turned to their work together playing Nori and Dori in "The Hobbit" films by Peter Jackson.
LockDownCon Panel "Filmmaking with Mobile Phones"
Watch the trailer for "Blue Moon" below:
Submit your films to the International Mobile Film Festival on FilmFreeway.com. All ages are welcome. Submissions are now open for all films shot with smartphones for two competitions: Feature Films and Short Films. Get all the details on our Rules page. Deadlines are posted.
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