I just returned from a quick trip to YVR where Nokia, along with Nokia Canada hosted an interesting mobile entertainment / film event at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Billed as the Nokia N8 Direct and Project the event was designed to introduce people to the N8 and more important, to the fantastic video camera, its capabilities, and the idea that terrific, fun, interesting films can be created entirely using the Nokia N8 smartphone. The event, the first of it’s kind in Vancouver, was essentially a small film festival, bringing together about 30 invited videographers to show, discuss, and share their works. One video was selected by a panel of 3 expert judges as the overall winner, taking home the hardware which was jokingly named “Teemu”.
Some details… I had the please this week to attend an interesting event put on by Nokia. The event, billed as the N8 Direct and Project was a competition for techies and film artists who were provided with a challenge – create a 60 second film and tell your story, all done with the new, Nokia N8 smybian smartphone. Indeed there was no “Geo” component to this, although there could have been, however, the art of capturing digital (mobile) media, repackaging it and telling a meaningful, memorable story was no small challenge and I managed to get some great ideas and tips from the producers. I’m looking forward to applying much of what I learned to my daily workflow and I’m sure there’s some tips that can be had from these films that many of you could apply to your business, particularly as we move to a more mobile and connected world and video is indeed playing a huge role in our business. For more on this check out this summary article and you can also follow the #N8directandproject hashtag on Twitter (see winning film here). And for those of you interested in creating more videos, some valuable tips I picked up on: It’s not just the video but audio is equally important, make it memorable, tell a story, keep it short, and don’t be afraid to experiment and push the envelope!