SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking

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. S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) is a pioneer in the mobile filmmaking industry.

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July 23, 2021 75 min

Caroline Spence and James Smith are the brilliant filmmakers behind Raya Films, in the UK. They’ve been producing films and videos together since around 2004. And they’ve produced two feature length films using smartphone cameras. Most of the people I’ve spoken to have produced one feature film. There is one well-known filmmaker who’s produced two features using iPhones, In case you don’t know who that is: Steven Soderbergh. 

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Brionne Olsen is an audio engineer, filmmaker and storyteller. Bringing his audio skills that he’s acquired working in radio to the “theater of the mind” with film was a natural progression. In episode 103 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, we share insights and the stories Brionne shares from South Africa to San Diego.

Brionne began with music videos but decided to go into radio. He had high expectations but fell in love with ...

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Actors teaming up to make films together is impressive. And it’s happening more and more often with the rise of smartphone filmmaking. 

You may think an actor cannot make a quality film, but think again. They have spent countless hours on film sets. They have the ability to ask questions and learn the filmmaking craft. They network with filmmakers all the time. And then…well, you knew I was going to bring it up, right? That’s corr...

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Arthur Mikheev was raised in Moscow, by parents who were skeptical of his interest in art as a career. Arthur was attracted to photography in his early days in school, but he soon found it to be complicated. It just wasn’t for him. So he became a musician and studied psychology. 

Arthur is a filmmaker with 10 years experience in the video industry. He began his career on television and gaming journalism. He has authored three book...

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Special Edition: Our podcast just reached 100 episodes and we have a special episode. Pioneer mobile filmmaker and the winner of the first prize in the inaugural International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego in 2012 joins us and we embark on a journey about his participation in the history of making movies with iPhones, and smartphones in general. 

Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James got their hands on the iPhone 4 and the ...

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The story in film has always been an attraction to Rachel Jacob. She grew up in the industry from her father’s side of the family and occasionally would dip her feet in it. She tried many aspects of filmmaking. 

In her teens while in school Rachel was acting, which she still loves, and then she tried screenwriting. Most of her experience in film were a series of loose ends. When she was 18 she attempted directing a project and it ...

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The partnership between FilmConvert and Filmic Pro is bridging the mobile smartphone filmmaking with traditional filmmaking communities.  

FilmConvert has been creating software for film grain and color grading for about ten years. They’ve been keeping an eye on the mobile filmmaking community’s growth and have partnered with the app used by Hollywood filmmakers like Steven Soderbergh to shoot their films with iPhones. 

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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 screenpla...

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Falling through floors is probably not what you expect when you are on set filming. The old creepy house called out to Amanda Smith and Colin Babcock. 

Amanda brought Colin into the house and he found it creepy and dilapidated. Both nodded at the notion that the house could be the set for a film. They just needed to figure out what type of film they could make. But there was a little bit of a conundrum because Colin did not have h...

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One story, two guys and two iPhones embarked on a road trip to make a feature film. Directors Patrick R. Young and Powell Robinson are my guests in Episode 95 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking. 

Their experience comes from Patrick’s idea for a film when he was in Middle School or High School. Years later, he and Powell decide to use iPhones to realize his story into a feature film of about 77 minutes. They both live in the Los ...

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Imagine a story realized from your imagination. How you can turn that story into a feature film using a smartphone for a camera is impressive. Now edit the story in an app on your phone. Sounds unreal, right? That’s the real story behind the film “Charon” by Jennifer Zhang. Episode 94 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is a discussion about her journey.

Jennifer is a passionate creator and storyteller. I was honored to talk with...

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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...

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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.

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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 tradi...

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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 previo...

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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 t...

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When it comes to smartphone filmmaking, we’re going to have a collective epiphany and realize the question is not about the best phone, the best gear or the best app. 

The question is: how good is your story?

You’ve heard it a lot, maybe even from me! Story is king! But what is it about a story that makes a good film? Once you realize you have a great concept for a story, how do you turn it into a great film? 

Good stories usual...

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He began making films in his teens. Episode 87 of the SBP Podcast is an in-depth discussion with Anthony Z James, who filmed a crime drama feature film with his iPhone.

When you watch his film “Ghost,” you are left without doubt that Anthony Z James made a crime drama, a gritty film which captures the viewer through to the end. What inspired him to become a filmmaker was his first experience attending camp as a kid. One of the kid...

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Episode 86 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking brings a bit of insight to everything mobile filmmaking with our guest in the UK, Rob Leach.

 

Rob Leach began his acting career at the age of 12 in drama class at school when his interest as an actor found him and inspired him. He was 17 when he learned acting at an acting school which kept his passion growing until at 24, he made the move to London and then he began to get creatin...

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How do you create great digital content? A smartphone camera brought a photographer back to photography, but it also brought a passion for stories. Ant Pruitt is a content creator, and shares what he’s learned with his followers. Ant’s videos teach us in detail about photography, video, audio, design and more. 

Episode 85 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is a very informative conversation with the “master” jack-of-all-trades i...

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