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SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking

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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.

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.


San Diego, CA


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.




Lost Camera Turned To Smartphone Feature Film with Caroline Spence

When they lost their camera person on location, Caroline Spence of Raya Films, made the suggestion to use a smartphone and turned a bad situation into a fortunate one. Our guest in Episode 90 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is Caroline Spence. She is a screenwriter and producer, but she plays different roles on set as needed. She’s even played an assassin in one of the company’s films. Without going through 89 of our previous episodes, I cannot recall a time when our podcast featured...


Halloween 2020 with Special Guest Host Aaron Nabus

Aaron and I discuss tonight’s Blue Moon, briefly, or as a segue to a movie shot with an iPhone, called “Blue Moon.” We quickly began to discuss some creative ways to make use of your smartphone camera to make scary movies even creepier. We then discussed other Halloween stories like some story about a monkey’s paw, told by Aaron. Then I shared a creepy true story that I experienced with a friend. We also gave a few shout outs to some of the members of “The Quad” on the new Mobile Film...


The Human Factor in Storytelling Making Films

When it comes to smartphone filmmaking, we’re going to have a collective epiphany and realize the question is not about the best phone, the best gear or the best app. The question is: how good is your story? You’ve heard it a lot, maybe even from me! Story is king! But what is it about a story that makes a good film? Once you realize you have a great concept for a story, how do you turn it into a great film? Good stories usually have a human factor. In episode 88 of the SBP Podcast, I am...


Crime Drama Smartphone Feature Film with Anthony Z James

He began making films in his teens. Episode 87 of the SBP Podcast is an in-depth discussion with Anthony Z James, who filmed a crime drama feature film with his iPhone. When you watch his film “Ghost,” you are left without doubt that Anthony Z James made a crime drama, a gritty film which captures the viewer through to the end. What inspired him to become a filmmaker was his first experience attending camp as a kid. One of the kids had a MiniDV camera and they all began to make a “little”...


Teaching Smartphone Filmmaking with Rob Leach

Episode 86 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking brings a bit of insight to everything mobile filmmaking with our guest in the UK, Rob Leach. Rob Leach began his acting career at the age of 12 in drama class at school when his interest as an actor found him and inspired him. He was 17 when he learned acting at an acting school which kept his passion growing until at 24, he made the move to London and then he began to get creating with writing and thinking about making films. He realized...


Story Perspective in Images with Ant Pruitt

How do you create great digital content? A smartphone camera brought a photographer back to photography, but it also brought a passion for stories. Ant Pruitt is a content creator, and shares what he’s learned with his followers. Ant’s videos teach us in detail about photography, video, audio, design and more. Episode 85 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is a very informative conversation with the “master” jack-of-all-trades in multimedia. Ant shares a very cool story about how he was...


Grip Your Audience with Feature Smartphone Films with Kimberley Hart

Getting a grip of your film’s audience is more about your audience getting a grip of your story and not letting go, until you release them from viewing your film. Listen to episode 84 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, as we bring you the perspective of a producer and set designer for the feature film, “Mad House.” The film was shot with an iPhone 6s and won the “Best Feature Film” award in 2019’s International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Ross Perkins wrote, directed, edited and...


Smartphone Films San Diego 2021

There are practically no limits to the types of films you can submit to the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, so we talk about some of the categories you can submit your films shot with mobile phones to. In episode 83, we bring our ambassador Aaron Nabus to the conversation and we talk about the categories, we also bring up some good tips for novices shooting with smartphones with regard to locations, continuity and more. IMFF 2021 begins accepting film submissions June 19...


The Smartphone Film Creator with Cara Rust

Have you made a movie in one year? How about three? Cara Rust made three short films in 2019 and based one of them on a play. Meet our guest in Episode 82 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking. Cara Rust adapted a play into a film using her Samsung smartphone camera. Cara wrote, directed, edited and produced, “English Made Simple,” which was selected in this year’s International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego and several other international film festivals. When you listen to Cara describe...


Making Films Underwater with iPhones with Tom F. Pardo

A filmmaker is not simply someone who shoots a film and shares it. A filmmaker delivers a finished film through an entire process. Most good stories in film are a challenge that can bring out the best in a filmmaker and the result lies in the final film. Tom F. Pardo is our guest in the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking episode 81. His film, “Submerged” won First Prize in the Short Film Competition at the 2020 International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego in April. Tom made his film using...


Movement and Choreography in Smartphone Filmmaking with Jamiel Laurence

He wanted to tell a story with his skills in choreography using the tools available to him. Episode 80 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is an in-depth conversation with Jamiel Laurence, awarded Second Prize in the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Even though his film has a theme of isolation, ironically, it was submitted to IMFF 2020, in 2019. Jamiel had access to cameras from filmmaking friends, but he chose to use his iPhone. Benched, is his only his second mobile...


iPhone Brought Her Story To Life with Inga Vosk

She had a screenplay and a vision. Inga Vosk believed in her story. She had a dream to realize the story as a movie. A feature film. She didn’t know how. She had never directed a short or feature film. But she had a vision and an iPhone. Episode 79 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is an in-depth discussion with the winner of the Best Feature Film award at the 2020 International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Her film, Stealth (hashtag Stealth) was shot with iPhones in St. Petersburg,...


The Importance of Networking for Smartphone Moviemakers with Bradley Gallo

You may believe that movies you shot with smartphones cannot reach producers in the professional film industry. Our guest in Episode 78 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, Bradley Gallo is going to inspire you to think again. Bradley is co-founder of Amasia Entertainment which won a bidding war for the franchise rights to The Green Hornet movie early this year. Universal Pictures just announced a partnership with Amasia Entertainment on the same day we recorded this podcast, April 16....


Full Length Movie Shot On iPhone with Ryan McDonald

Episode 77 It was around the the 9th grade when Ryan McDonald began to consider a career as a police officer, a lawyer or…a spy like, James Bond. Then he realized he was deliberating his career options around most of the films he enjoyed watching. But that helped him come to the conclusion that what he really wanted to do was make movies. Ryan considers himself a storyteller and he shares his attraction to the medium, which connects to his craft as a filmmaker. Ryan McDonald shares the...


Your Mobile Film Biography During The Corona Virus

Episode 76 The situation around the world brings us to a lifestyle unlike we have ever experienced as humans. There have been world wars and stock market crashes, the Great Depression and 9/11, all documented in history books. But we are in a unique situation that has never existed in this way…and something that has never happened in conjunction with such a situation is the ability for ordinary people around the world to document it. Imagine if during WWII, everyone had a smartphone...


Film Festival Events During Corona Virus with Craig Prater

Episode 75 The situation is daunting as the world deals with the COVID-19 Corona Virus and the consequences we are enduring. Many industries are being hit hard. The risks for a part of the global population are dire. Episode 75 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking sheds a light on the effects of this situation from the film festivals’ perspective with our special guest, Craig Prater. Mr. Prater is the president of Heartland International Film Festival. He has more than 30 years experience...


How Stage 32 Benefits Mobile Filmmakers with Rich RB Botto

Episode 74 It’s true that the industry of film and television is changing. That needs no convincing to see. Our guest in episode 74 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is Rich RB Botto, the founder and CEO of Stage 32. He created a platform which has become pretty enormous due to the size of its over 600,000 current members. More and more, you find people working in the industry who are creating content as both writers and filmmakers, or as actors and filmmakers, and so on. “The vision...


Three is the Biggest Number in Storytelling

Three is the Biggest Number in StorytellingSBP Podcast: The voice of mobile film™ This little number is the biggest number of all. There are many reasons why this number is so important to storytelling. From beginning to end it plays a big role in the story from the initial idea to the plot to the final end of your film. All stories have a goal in mind and three is integral to achieving it. During Episode 73 of the SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ we share an interview with an actor...


Creating A Film Franchise with Demetrius Witherspoon

Depending on the depth of your story, the genre, and the world you create with your film you can start a franchise. Demetrius Witherspoon is our guest in Episode 72 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking. He is on the Judge Panel for the 9th edition of the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego in April 2020. A filmmaker who started out in the music industry and then graphics, developed a great network. When he wrote his screenplay he already had a number of connections he could...


Intriguing Encounter Captured With A Smartphone with CK Goldiing

Was it a confession or was it simply the need to share a personal story by someone who did the unthinkable? Perhaps it takes someone who films a lot of encounters with strangers to film the story from a complete stranger. But it goes without saying, having a camera on you at all times…a smartphone, the opportunity to record and share it would have been missed. CK Goldiing is a storyteller. One of the things that intrigue CK him are the stories humans share. CK made a film which he shot with...