'Disposable film' Video
'Disposable film' Video Transcript
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>> Hey there, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET News.com. You're watching video right now that has been shot on a traditional, professional and expensive camera. Not very accessible to many people. That's why so many people are turning to their digital cameras to make film. Or even their webcams, especially since they're built-in to so many laptops these days. Or even more handy the cell phone, which can actually turn out a pretty good quality video these days. But by far the most accessible format in the new category of disposable film is the one-time use disposable video camera.
>> Accessible cheap video is the people's tool.
>> Film maker Luca Antonucci and his partner Ira Owen have created an entire series of films around the $30 disposable drugstore camera. It's called the Balloon Project.
>> The concept is just you attach a camera like this onto enough balloons, so that it's hovering. We attempt to hoverize for about five minutes and then fall for a five. The concept is just trying to get an aerial shot of the city you're in.
>> The film also showed the ground crews racing through the city on foot, bike and car to retrieve the camera. That too is captured on disposable methods. ^M00:01:17 [ Talking in foreign language ] ^M00:01:22
>> So, way to go, like a ten thousand dollar shot for like fifty bucks.
>> This video taken over the city of Berlin won Luca's team third place at a recent festival for disposable film.
>> What you have to come up with is a really, really solid concept and translate that concept into a film. And those are the films I think that are the strongest in this new genre. It's, you know it's obviously not gonna be anything that's based on technical skill.
>> Festival founders Eric Slatkin and Carlton Evans received sixty entries from five countries.
>> The films that we're most impressed with in our submissions were ones where the format was really driving the content.
>> Meaning, like Luca in the Balloon Project, these directors were trying out story lines or techniques not seen in traditional film making.
>> There's a certain kind of intimacy when you use a webcam for example that is a very sort of close confessional kind of mode of film making.
>> Like this one of a guy shaving his head. ^M00:02:20 [ Buzzing sound ] ^M00:02:22
>> With something like a disposable camera, a cell phone is much more voyeuristic. It's something that people have on them a lot. They'll just turn it on when they see something happening and then just capture that -- those events.
>> Or this film LARP shot entirely on cell phone. Pretty impressive.
>> I tell the bartender tonight is the night for two drinks and he says, absolutely.
>> With YouTube, Google Video and other free sharing sites, this format has really been able to take off.
>> It doesn't make us any money, but we're just stoked like so many people are watching this and if they like it or not, like it's something that like every artist can help further reach a crowd out there.
>> I think we are starting to see is that the audience is becoming also the producers and that's really changing the way film making is being made. I mean, people are making the movies that they wanna see.
>> There's always gonna be a place for that sleek Hollywood blockbuster, but with my own disposable video camera, YouTube, I can now be my own director and be the star of my own film and at a fraction of a price. Yup, this one gets five-stars. I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET News.com. ^M00:03:29 [ Music ]
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