Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

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Bob Lorrimer
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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by Bob Lorrimer » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:50 am

Michael: I thought you said, on March 15th, that only 10 year olds would make a film on an iPhone! Are you regressing?

Give me landscape, Cinemascope, or 16.9 mode anyday! "Portrait" ratio will, and does, have great applications to be sure but I doubt if it will catch on for story telling other than in spilt screen techniques....which require a wider format anyway.

I think there is definitely a place for an "iPhone Competition" as the devices are so astonishingly good, easy to use and portable.

Bob

PS how can one publish a photo on this site?

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Dave Watterson
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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by Dave Watterson » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:15 pm

To show photos they must first be online somewhere. In the case below I took an image from my Facebook collection.

From the icons above the message space click the icon of sun and a mountain.
That inserts two codes between square brackets [example][example] - the codes will be for "img" not "example" but if I write that they try to post an image.

Between the two codes paste the image URL.

Here is a cheesy picture of me at the promo for UNICA2019 which will be in the Netherlands.

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TimStannard
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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by TimStannard » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:04 pm

Bob Lorrimer wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:50 am
I think there is definitely a place for an "iPhone Competition" as the devices are so astonishingly good, easy to use and portable.
I don't follow the reasoning. In that case why not have a "BMD Ursa" competition, a "DSLR" competition, a "Micro four-thirds" competition?
Whilst it is very impressive what different tools can do, they are all just that - tools. It's the end product that matters.
Tim
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Michael Slowe
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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by Michael Slowe » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:43 am

Bob, you"re absolutely right, I've just looked at past mails. However, as you will see above, I am a convert, at least for simple films. Look at my site michaelslowefilms.com and see "Down The Douro", all on an iPhone (AND I'm more than ten years old!).

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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by Ken Wilson » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:07 pm

Here`s the answer! Screw an old rotating type plate from a microwave to the back of a standard 16:9 TV. Fix this (securely) to the wall. Make sure it is very safe!!! When watching "normal TV" use as we do now. When watching phone footage shot in the upright position, rotate the TV to a 9:16 shape on the wall and the phone footage fits it perfectly. As a cheaper alternative, lay on the floor and view sideways. Simple.

Bob Lorrimer
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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by Bob Lorrimer » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:41 pm

Tim,

Yes... You are absolutely right!

A film is a film...if it is good enough it will engage an Audience irrespective of the shape of the format or the pixel count.

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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by ned c » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:19 pm

https://www.filmicpro.com/

Check this out; is the end of the "handycam" now in sight?

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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by Michael Slowe » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:32 pm

Not really Ned. Having full, immediate and easy control of exposure, focus and aperture as with the three rings on the lens of a proper camera can't currently be replicated on a phone camera, quite apart from proper audio inputs. Phones will increasingly be used for 'on the spot' shooting and holiday stuff etc as we are seeing.

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TimStannard
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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by TimStannard » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:40 pm

Ken Wilson wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:07 pm
As a cheaper alternative, lay on the floor and view sideways. Simple.
Substitute "sofa" for "floor" and that's how I watch most films on TV anyway, so perhaps I'd benefit from a 9x16 format :D
Tim
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Brian Saberton
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Re: Are we ready for an "Upright Film Contest"?

Post by Brian Saberton » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:24 am

There was a film in BIAFF 2018 that had been shot in the portrait format. From memory I think it was called "Girl" and was awarded 4 stars.
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