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Monday, October 16, 2006


This is going to be the hardest weekly blog for me. I do like gizmos, but I am not a techie in any way. For me, having a digital camera in my cell phone is like a spatula. It is very convenient. When I do a mini-PAH fest and have "everyday" people use their cell phones to create a visual piece based on a random topic, I do it because I think it is important for everybody to stay engaged with the latest digital gizmos as a creative tool, to be in charge of the technology and not just plugged in. I also like seeing people have fun, combining old school concepts with new school technology. Even though there is editing software you can get for your cell phone that will allow you to cut your mini-cell phone flicks right on your cell phone (which is awesome), I like seeing how creative people can be by trying to tell their story or visual idea all in one shot. Doing Cell Phone Art in one shot is like a Tai Chi game that forces you to stay in the moment and be aware of your surroundings. It is your naked, innocent eye and brain at work. Making a mini-movie on your cell phone (which is also cool) with all the bells and whistles of a regular editing room, basically shows me how clever and fast you are as a micro "filmmaker". I've been thinking about this, because it always comes up at our PAH-FESTS. I think I will have to create two cell phone categories: all in one shot contest and the you have three hours to write, shoot and edit a 1 minute micro flick all on your cell phone contest.

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