I made this film using my Nokia Lumia 1020. My reasoning behind making this film was to prove that a mobile phone can play a huge part in current media. This style of using a mobile phone camera in serious media is still a relatively new idea, although it has been incorporated by such media giants as The Guardian and NME to name but a few.
At a time when mistrust in our government and the media is commonplace, more and more people are switching to social media to find the truth. This has created a culture of film makers, all carrying a camera in their pocket and largely eager to shoot whatever they can and upload it.
This film also demonstrates how people of different cultures and beliefs can share a street in protest to their particular gripe.
I subtly edited it in a way that added a touch of comedy feel which you may not catch on the first time round.
I used the default Nokia Lumia 1020 camera app to shoot this film as the style of filming did not require effects except the clip of a police helicopter hovering above the crowd. I wanted the helicopter to be viewed as insidious. A representation of the paranoia felt globally of a big brother state and the New World Order (or Goldman Sachs, whichever you want to call them).
To create the effect in Adobe Premiere Pro CC I first added some noise to give a static effect. I configured the luma to give the helicopter a blurred look (which is actually a trick I learnt from Capricorn One). And lastly I changed the tint and drowned out the colour which enhances the narrative.
There was no planning when making this film. Purposely because I wanted to demonstrate the whole premise behind using a mobile film to capture current events and that a large amount of media found online is filmed on the fly as opposed to planned in advance.
I went into Manchester where I knew I wouldn’t have a problem finding good footage and stumbled into this mass protest as soon as I stepped off the tram.
This film and millions of other videos found on social media (except the ones about planet x and the lizard baby) show that the world is becoming one huge media circus where nowhere is left un-filmed.
Good or bad?