Mobile Phone Moviemaking
with Daniel E. García
Fifteen years have passed since the first mobile phone with a camera was widely available and since then cell phone videos have expanded and deepened much of our interactions and expressive practices. The cameras in our phones have been used to create everything from funny memes to award winners in the world’s most prestigious film festivals to social revolutions. In this workshop we will engage both the practice and theory of filmmaking with mobile phones, combining technical training with an examination how the devices function as artistic tools as well as opportunities for mindful exploration.
Participants will get hands-on training in the technical skills of audiovisual storytelling, plus we’ll explore the intrinsic qualities of mobile devices and how they shape our communication practices and habits. Through creative exercises, participants will acquire or enhance their skill in capturing audiovisual media while expanding their understanding of the technical and stylistic potential of mobile devices.
Daniel E. García is a Peruvian filmmaker and educator dedicated to the development of visual storytelling curricula and socially relevant filmmaking. He holds an MFA in film production from Ohio University, an MA in Communication from Wheaton College, and a BA in linguistics and literature from The Pontific Catholic University of Perú at Lima. He is also an AVID Media Composer certified instructor.
Daniel is currently teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Art and Art History department in the film and video area. Previously he was an associate professor and head of the video production programs at Calvin College and Spring Hill College. He has also taught courses in Latin American political film history in various universities in the US as well as given workshops on visual storytelling, scriptwriting and video editing in Latin America, Africa, and Europe.
Daniel’s creative work includes the documentaries Lurigancho, Drawings and War and The Gift of All, on the struggles of the gay community and other minority inmates in Perús most notorious jail, the violent journey of children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, and the history of philanthropy in West Michigan respectively. His narrative piece, Pescadora, brings attention to the realities of the women living in the fishing villages of the Pacific coast of South America. And his latest short film, Tempestad, looks at the complex hardship in the life of an undocumented family. His films have been screened in national and international film festivals, academic conferences, and have been broadcasted on regional PBS stations and on Peruvian national television. His work has won multiple awards, including The Boston International Latino Film Festival and the HBO New York Latino International Film Festival.
photo credit: Lisa Beth Anderson