mobile kills the video star

Cell phones have enabled all kinds of media to reach impressive heights, we can do an array of things off our phones. We can read news websites, we can internet bank, we can Facebook, we can organise acts of protest and we can communicate quickly and cheaply with our friends. But even after researching and blogging about many mobile media trends, even I was shocked to find out about two new developments.

If video killed the radio star, then it looks like cell phone technology is killing the video and is taking the book along with it. A feature film has been launched that was filmed entirely on a cell phone, and the new Stephen King short story “N” is being published via mobile devices.

“N,” which was previously unpublished has been turned into a 25 episode video series, which launches on the 28 July 2008.

It has been developed specifically for the small screens on cell phones, and it comes with an original score, a full cast of voice overs and original artworks, all overseen by King himself.

SMS Sugar Man,” was filmed using a Sony Ericsson w900i 3G handset, and was directed and produced by South African Aryan Kaganof. The film explores the seedy Johannesburg world of prostitution, following the pimp, Sugar Man, and his ring of high class prostitutes, dubbed the Sugars.

All the lead actors of the film constantly carried around cell phones and were always filming each other. This eliminated the traditional practise of having a cast who are filmed by a crew, the roles were merged and the actors were in charge of themselves.

Not only is the film shot using cell phones, but the narrative is also driven by the face that cell phones have enabled us to explore new forms of communication and new ways of representing ourselves. The film is a glimpse into our future, where all our relations with one another, are being shaped by the cell phone.

The boundaries of mobile media have been pushed to the extreme. You don’t need to go to the bookstore anymore to pick up a copy of that book you wanted to read, you can just download it to you phone. No longer do you need expensive equipment and a huge crew to shoot a feature film. All you need is a cell phone with a decent camera. Is there anything left that our phones can’t do?


5 Responses to “mobile kills the video star”

  1. 1 Audrey
    July 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Yes but one thing cellphones CANT do it mimick the vibe of a good book shop – ah the smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly printed books!

  2. 2 Craig Hills
    July 29, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Cellphone podcasts, broadband and video recordings are all great functionalities of the latest cellphones but one must question whether these will become a phenomenon. Sure they provide functionality but who really is going to watch a feature film on a cellphone screen, I know I would not nor would I read a book from a cellphone screen. Many privacy issues are evoked when recording devices are so small as people are not necessarily aware that they themselves are being recorded, recording videos of friends doing stupid things is one thing but producing feature films on cellphones is a different ball game.

  3. 3 kelescheppers
    July 30, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    This relates quite well to my latest blogpost. of course, it’s only for the upper echelons of society. 120 minutes staring at my cellphone screen would probably make me a little sick, and you can’t watch with a friend (unless they watch on their screen).Still, I think the possibility is amazing!

  4. August 7, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Those folks who think that the broadcast reach of the mobile phone capabilities will be limited by screen size ought to think again. Technologies like cellphone video projection are already a reality. And as mobile phone data storing capability is enhanced, there is no reason why users will not use mobile to access online footage to decompress and upload to a television or computer monitor at a more convenient time.
    Mobile hasn’t killed video’s star. In fact many companies are finding online and mobile a useful new niche for their programming as the hours that users spend watching television programmes in the North declines sharply.

  5. December 4, 2008 at 9:57 am

    We will soon feature Aryan Kaganofs SMS Sugerman on pocketflicker.com in it’s full length. If you havent already seen it stick around and see the possibilities this media presents.


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