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The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) is a pioneer in the mobile filmmaking industry, one of the first–if not the first–to bring films shot with only mobile phones to the big screen in a traditional film festival style in 2009 with the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California.

The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) is a pioneer in the mobile filmmaking industry, one of the first–if not the first–to bring films shot with only mobile phones to the big screen in a traditional film festival style in 2009 with the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California.
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The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) is a pioneer in the mobile filmmaking industry, one of the first–if not the first–to bring films shot with only mobile phones to the big screen in a traditional film festival style in 2009 with the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California.




Tedious Post Effects Of A Smartphone Winning Film with Blake Worrell

Episode 60 His film won First Place during the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego 2019. All the judges on the panel gave our guest, Blake Worrell the highest rating. Episode 60 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is a discussion about the work involved in post production, the importance of audio, and some of the challenges he experienced during production as he shot the film with his iPhone 6S. Blake’s film was originally a six minute film that he shortened to five minutes to...


The Acting Performance Of A Feature Smartphone Film with Mark Hadlow

Episode 59 The smartphone camera is the window to your story. As your story unfolds on your screen you are watching your film as you record it. Acting in front of the iPhone camera was a lot like acting in theater on a stage. Blue Moon was shot in one location with a small crew. Mark Hadlow is the lead actor in the film, Horace Jones playing alongside Jed Brophy (Darren Cates) as co-lead. The 85-minute feature film is an incredible performance and a great story that begins in a gas station...


Content and Creativity in Smartphone Filmmaking through MINA with Max Schleser Episode 58

We wanted to share an innovative project with our mobile filmmaking and smartphone video community. MINA 2019 has partnered with Goethe Institute in New Zealand. The (Hashtag) Nucleus competition for smartphone short films is a joint initiative of Goethe Institute and MINA (Mobile Innovation Network & Association). Join co-founder of MINA, Max Schleser on the SBP Podcast: The voice of mobile film™ to discuss the project and how you can be a part of it, in episode 58. Film-makers and...


Storytelling with Smartphone Cameras with CK Golding Episode 57

We encounter stories throughout our daily lives. We are living at a time where we carry a tool that can capture a story and share it with the world. CK Goldiing records his encounters and challenges with his smartphone and one of them is a film that is going viral. CK came to speak during the International Mobile Film Festival #MFF2019SanDiego and we featured his film, 61 Hugs which he shot with his Samsung smartphone. Episode 57 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is a conversation with CK...


Connecting Global Smartphone Film To Indiana with Nathan Bechtold Episode 56

The aftereffects of the 2019 International Mobile Film Festival are euphoric. There was an energy and vibe throughout the two-day event which had an impact with everyone who was a part of the event in San Diego. We sat down for a discussion two days after the film festival with the president of Indiana Filmmakers Network, Nathan Bechtold before his flight back to Indiana. Listen to Episode 56 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking as we discuss the festival, the people, the vibe, the energy...


Jed Brophy in Smartphone Feature Blue Moon Episode 55

The way you approach a film as a director, screenwriter or actor, can be quite similar. It revolves and evolves around story, structure, and characters. Episode 55 of the SBP Podcast is a discussion with actor Jed Brophy. Jed has years of experience acting in many films you have probably heard of, Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, District 9…just to name a few. Jed is one of the principal actors of Blue Moon shot in New Zealand. We spoke with Jed Brophy, who is in New Zealand –...


Blue Moon Smartphone Feature Filmmaking in New Zealand with Stef Harris Episode 54

He shot a photo of a gas station with his iPhone and wrote a treatment. He sent them to an old friend, who was a professional actor. That is the beginning of the backstory to Blue Moon, a feature film shot with an iPhone 7 in New Zealand. The director, Stef Harris is our guest on the SBP Podcast episode 54. Stef Harris is the writer and director of the, roughly 85 minute film shot with his iPhone. The film’s principal actors are Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow. The Director of Photography, Ryan...


Bring A Personal Story To Light With Your Smartphone with Alexandra Guillossou Episode 53

Understanding each other is part of our communication skills as we share our stories with others around us. Sometimes, a story needs to go further than the people around us. We can write or share it on social media and reach a lot of people around the world. Alexandra Guillossou went a step further. She brought her skills to create a film about a personal story very dear to her family. While on vacation, she just happened to have her smartphone with her, just like many of us do. She began to...


Become A Cosplay Smartphone Filmmaker with Star Wars Steampunk Universe EP 52

Star Wars Steampunk Universe is a charity support group based in Southern California which takes part in charities and events in southern California. They do crossover events with other charity groups. Two of the founding members of the Star Wars Steampunk Universe are our guests in Episode 52 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking. Founders of the group, who are still active participants, are Dude Vader (Chris), Captain Solo Seekerman (Nathan Seekerman), Hot Nerd Girl (Tracy), Kansas City...


Capture Amazing Event Videos With Smartphone Cameras with Francesca Jago Episode 51

Everywhere you go you bring your smartphone and so the incentive to capture it to share it is tough to ignore. While there are many events where recording is inappropriate or forbidden, the International Mobile Film Festival encourages everyone to bring their smartphones and interact with our event. Episode 51 of the SBP Podcast brings Francesca Jago from Get Ahead Media back to share tips and tricks on how to best capture events using your smartphone camera. Francesca Jago is the...


Video Content Creators Unite To Earn Revenue with Pat McGowan Episode 50

Black Box Global is about giving creators the freedom to create and earn revenue from their videos and projects. Episode 50 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking talks to the founder of BlackBox, Pat McGowan. Listen to our inspiring conversation with Pat McGowan in Episode 50 of the SBP Podcast in its entirety in your favorite podcast app. Just because you have a camera does not mean you are a photographer or a filmmaker. You work on your skills to use the camera as your tool to create your...


Realizing The Power Of Stories And Smartphones By Host Susy Botello Episode 49

The general population in our planet undervalue stories just as the most powerful people in the world are aware of how to empower themselves through storytelling. Just like money, stories are a tool which can be used to cause harm or in wonderful ways. One of the best ways to share stories that have the biggest reach and effect is through film. In Episode 49 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, we tell the story of stories. Stories were a part of the universe before humanity came along. We...


Grand Tour Of The Mobile Filmmaking Process with John Woosley Episode 48

All you need to do is press record! Okay, there is a bit more than that. Our guest in Episode 48 of the SBP Podcast takes us on a tour of the entire process from the idea for the film to the very end. John Woosley shot and edited Alex & The Firefly with a smartphone. The original film was 34 minutes long but he cut it down to almost half for a special screening at the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, where John will also inspire other filmmakers and attendees with a Q&A...


Smartphone Turns Book Into A Feature Film with Steve Peterson Episode 47

There are books you read with stories you can visualize like a movie. I call it, “Booksualizing.” But there are books which are not told as a story. Those books can be quite interesting and there may be a story within them which you can visualize as a movie. Writing a screenplay is not the same as writing a book or a story. But our minds can take many concepts and visualize them in a way that they can then turn into a story. However, writing a story from a complex book into a screenplay and...


A New Year For Smartphone Mobile Filmmakers with Aaron Nabus Episode 46

We are off to a great new year and we chat with our brand ambassador, Aaron Nabus in Episode 46 of the SBP Podcast: The voice of mobile film™ about mobile film in 2019. Come hang out with us. In this podcast we don’t just talk about the film festivals and filmmakers but we also share things like why you would want to shoot widescreen during an event and using a smartphone to capture video in a crowd, especially if you are a video paparazzi…is that a thing? Yet? Also the risks of using a DSLR...


Smartphone Feature Length Filmmaking For The First Time Filmmaker with Ross Perkins Episode 45

Acting, directing, operating a smartphone camera and editing a film to share an incredible well structured story is how Ross Perkins accomplished making a full length feature mobile film. Episode 45 of the SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ takes us to Australia to discuss the experience of making a feature film with an iPhone and a talented cast. We spoke about sound recording and how to integrate a seamless dialogue during camera operation in a moving self-recording scene filled with...


The Human Smartphone Storyteller with CK Goldiing Episode 44

When you are going about your day you are experiencing moments. You can connect your moments with your thoughts and create stories you share all the time. One storyteller, accidentally turned one of his videos into a film. In Episode 44 of the SBP Podcast, CK Goldiing shares the story that has inspired captivated the attention of people around the world with its emotional draw. 61 Hugs was a challenge that has made touched many people and brought smiles and shines the light on human kindness...


The Actor and the iPhone A Tale of Smartphone Filmmaking with Anthony Montes Episode 43

A wonderful conversation about acting and the opportunities that lend themselves to today’s actors through mobile filmmaking is the topic of Episode 43 of the SBP Podcast: The Voice Of Mobile Film with Anthony Montes. Anthony Montes has had over 40 years in the film and theater industry and over thirty of those years he has spent teaching and as an acting coach. Anthony lives in L.A. but has been all over the world through his work. If you want to learn some insights on mobile film from the...


The iPhone is Your Recording Studio with Graham Cochrane Episode 42

What you may have heard about the quality of audio for your film is probably correct: It needs to rock! Our guest in Episode 42 is Graham Cochrane, the founder of The Recording Revolution. He is showing people how to rock creating music that sounds awesome with no expensive equipment. He proved it using his iPhone and GarageBand and is going to share how you can do it too. On his website, Grahams says,“my passion is to educate and empower a new generation of musicians and songwriters to make...


The Art of Experimental Mobile Storytelling with Max Schleser Episode 41

We talk about storytelling a lot as part of this podcast when we talk about filmmaking. Our guest explains how experimental filmmaking with smartphones, taking advantage of the visual challenges of pixels fits into the storytelling discussion. Max Schleser has been working in the mobile filmmaking space as a filmmaker since 2006. Let’s take a trip through the history of smartphone filmmaking from his perspective. Episode 41 of the SBP Podcast: The voice of mobile film™ is an in-depth...