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While many filmmakers in this ultra-modern era of cinema are competing each other to capture high quality visual effects with prestigious ultra high-definition digital cameras, a team of youngsters has come up with "a new medium", which is perhaps quite strange to conceive, to shoot full-length films! It is a mobile phone!
In fact, the idea of shooting short films or documentaries with mobile phone is not something new to us! However, a team led by Satheesh Kalathil and Sujith, who were inspired by this idea of film making, initially made a 25-minute documentary film Veenavadanam using a mobile phone. This documentary develops through the conversation between the director and the producer, Satheesh Kalathil and Sujith, giving insights into the evolution of different schools of art across the world. The film was shot in four days. Sunil A.D. was the cameraman or should we say 'mobile phone' man!
The successful completion of Veenavadanam has given them the confidence to launch another 'mobile phone film project'. This time, they are making a full-length movie called Jalachhayam, which deals with the lives of two artists. Shooting of the mobile phone film is in progress.
And it is not the first time in the history of cinema, that a full-length movie is shot one mobile phone. In 2006, two Italian directors, Marcello Mencarini and Barbara Seghezzi, have reportedly scored a first - shooting a feature-length documentary using a mobile phone. This 93-minute film, New Love Meetings, is said to be a modern version of legendary Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1965 documentary, Love Meetings. This new version was filmed in MPEG4 format with a mobile phone.
Today, aspiring filmmakers no longer have to go to film school to make great work. With a simple mobile phone, almost anyone can now become a filmmaker! It is amazing!