On Friday the 13th, I had the opportunity to attend an event at the New York Film Festival. Rather than being your typical movie premiere, I was treated to six short films created by emerging NYC filmmakers — ranging from thriller to docu-style — all had been shot on the LG V30.
The six V30 short films and their creators were:
- “Just the Beginning” by Lisann Valentin
- “Tagged” by Elaine Del Valle
- “LMFAO” by Ramon Pesante
- “She Was Afraid to Fly” by Leyla Rosario
- “The Spectacular Tito Garcia” by Samuel Gomez and Marcos Sotomayor
- “High Stakes” by Diego Rooks
Let’s have a look!
“Just the Beginning” by Lisann Valentin
“Tagged” by Elaine Del Valle
“LMFAO” by Ramon Pesante
“She Was Afraid to Fly” by Leyla Rosario
“The Spectacular Tito Garcia” by Samuel Gomez and Marcos Sotomayor
“High Stakes” by Diego Rooks
Which was your favorite? I liked them all, but “Tagged”, “The Spectacular Tito Garcia”, and “She Was Afraid to Fly” in particular; the latter left me a little bit teary (not gonna lie).
After the screening, Bilge Ebiri, a New York journalist and film critic at the Village Voice, hosted a panel with the filmmakers. It was fascinating to hear about their individual experiences using the LG V30 to film their short films — especially when it was mentioned (several times and by different panelists) how much less intimidating people found it to act or be candid in front of a phone vs in front of the usual heavy film equipment and crew.
With its Cine Video Mode, the LG V30 is a great smartphone to use for videography — even if you are just catching video of your friends and family. I can’t help but wonder what else people will come up with, but how cool is it that such a powerful tool is available to anyone with a bit of creativity and the proper equipment?