Is it an advantage that the recording equipment’s so small?
I like the fact that it’s less intrusive. And sometimes it’s an advantage to look small and unprofessional – if you turn up somewhere with a whole film crew, suddenly you attract loads of attention and people try and charge you for shooting and all sorts of nonsense.
Phones are good for working with untrained actors, too. The less tech you put in someone’s face the less tense people will be. You don’t have to be so precious, either, worrying about wasting film, hire costs and the like.
What about editing on a handset? Isn’t that really tricky?
Yes. The editing’s very basic, but you can add music. Again, it tests how innovative and ingenious you are. I once had Time Out’s Tom Charity out for a day in Nottingham and had him make a whole film ‘in-camera’ [entirely linear, without editing]. The film was really good, though I wasn’t too sure about his acting.
What do you think the future holds for mobile movies?
I really like how easy it is to get videos from one phone to another. There’s a real sharing thing going on in this community - people aren’t so precious about their films. They’re more generous.
I also like the way you can bypass the traditional gatekeepers of taste with the internet – you don’t have to go through TV or radio stations anymore.
It won’t be long ‘til we see a whole feature film made on a phone. If the idea’s good enough, it’ll happen.
You can see last year's Shorts winners and enter your own movie over at the Nokia Shorts' website. The closing date for entries is 15th August 2005.
Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes is out now on DVD.
You can read the first part of this interview here.