How to Shoot a Film on Your Smartphone for the BIFF 10×10 Film Festival

Apple of My Eye - IPHONE 4 FILM from Michael Koerbel on Vimeo.

The video embedded above shows what is possible to create using a Smartphone and app – in this case an Apple iPhone. While there are some pretty professional looking dollies, tracks and cam holders used in the filming, they were needed for the macro camera work, to capture the miniature trains segments without the camera shaking. At real life scale, much can easily be improvised in the hand held form, or using a simple swivel tripod. Use your imagination, and get going, the BIFF Smartphone Fest is coming up in 6 weeks or so.

A smartphone, an editing app, and you are on your way!

A smartphone, an editing app, and you are on your way!

Call for Entries for the BIFF Smartphone Film Festival Details

The Berkshire International Film Festival and the Beacon Cinema will once again participate in the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival in downtown Pittsfield for the second year, from February 14-24, 2013. The BIFF and the Beacon Cinema will once again present the Smartphone Film Festival – a growing and fun take on the film festival scene. The BIFF is looking for submissions of films shot using the iPhone, iPad and various alternative cinematic “apps” to create a desired look or effect. Experimental, Action, Drama and even a Music Video are some genres that will be considered. Films must be submitted to Lauren Ferin at lauren@biffma.org by January 24 and will be announced in early February.

Spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield, the 2013 festival (formerly 10×10 on North) will expand in size and geography to include more programming in venues throughout the city’s newly designated Upstreet Cultural District. Last year’s debut 10×10 festival attracted more than 3,000 people to downtown Pittsfield to enjoy 44 performances and events featuring more than 120 new works including plays, songwriters, poets, visual art, film and dance.

In addition to the BIFF and the Beacon, 2013 festival partners also include Alchemy Initiative, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshires Jazz, Berkshire Museum, Gallery 25, Hancock Shaker Village, the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, WAM Theatre, and WordXWord, as well as a comedy show presented by Thomas Attila Lewis. This year, the 2013 festival will also include a family arts component, as the festival takes place during February school break. Family programming participants include Berkshire Museum, Bisque, Beads & Beyond, Hancock Shaker Village and Miss Hall’s School.

In the Berkshires, winter is a time to have fun and celebrate, and Pittsfield leads the cheers in February with the arts and creative happenings.

In the Berkshires, winter is a time to have fun and celebrate, and Pittsfield leads the cheers in February with the arts and creative happenings.

The 2013 10×10 Upstreet festival will include the return of Barrington Stage’s 10×10 New Play Festival featuring ten 10-minute plays; the TEN SPOT art show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, including ten billboards around Berkshire County featuring local artists; BIFF’s smartphone 10-minute film festival at the Beacon Cinema featuring short films 10 minutes or less; a 10×10 art show at Gallery 25; 10 singer/songwriters at Mission Bar + Tapas; and 10 poets at y bar. New festival programming includes 10 decades of jazz composers from Berkshires Jazz; 10 improvised mini-musicals by the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe at the Colonial Theatre Garage space; PechaKucha (10+10)×(10+10) at Berkshire Museum; the “One Billion Rising” WAM SLAM dance party at Spice Dragon; a 10×10 stand-up comedy show; Berkshire Art Association and Storefront Artist Project’s 10×10 RAP/REAL ART PARTY at Berkshire Museum; a visual art exhibit by Hancock Shaker Village; and “10×10on10” – an interdisciplinary spoken word and art exhibit by WAM Theatre and Alchemy Initiative.

More programming may be added in the coming weeks. A full schedule of events, venues, dates and times will be announced later. Visit discoverpittsfield.com/10×10 or read about the 10×10 Upstreet in this Berkshire on Stage Preview. It has more information and the preliminary schedule of events.

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