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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.


SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 2 Mithran Maharajan

Welcome to our second SBP Podcast!

Tonight, we talk with Mithran Maharajan from Toronto, Canada. Mithran is an exceptional mobile filmmaker and snatched the Best Mobile Feature Film prize in our very first Mobile Film Feature Competition for MFF2017 last April. Mithran's film was shot entirely with a smartphone. The leading actress for the film, Avaah Blackwell put on an outstanding performance. Let’s chat with Mithran so you can learn a bit about him and how he accomplished making a movie with a smartphone.

We introduce you to Mithran Maharajan and begin our interview by asking him to share a bit about himself as a filmmaker because he is a professional who made a number of films before his mobile film, Figment.

Mithran is from India and lived in New York before he moved to his current residence in Toronto, Canada. His professional career began when he was quite young. He worked in television directing films he wrote and every one of his films won awards. He shares his experience in-depth with you in the interview.

We then ask him to share the story behind the story we heard from the producer, Javier Augusto Nunez, who attended IMFF 2017 in San Diego during the Q&A Session. MIthran shares the story of how he introduced the idea of shooting his great story using an iPhone, with a professional producer and how that was perceived and goes on to talk about his DOP (Director of Photography) who was a professional who had worked for many years in the industry, including BBC.

Mithran shares some of the differences with mobile filmmaking versus traditional filmmaking and mentions some details of how he shot his cinematic story through film using an iPhone. He shares what he did to make a truly cinematic film which screened at the Toronto Film Festival in the competition with films shot with traditional cameras used by independent filmmakers. We speak a bit about the International Mobile Film Festival platform and how mobile film festivals bring a unique dedicated platform to professional filmmakers to expand their creativity and try something new.

You may want to listen closely as he shares his experience in pre-production, production, and post-production which includes color grading, sound, and music.

Mithran tells us about how he worked with the amazing Avaah Blackwell as a director to bring out her best performance for her very tough role as Diana.

We asked Mithran what movies and directors inspire him and he mentioned quite a list. Some of them may be worth looking into for techniques.

We then played a fun game toward the end of the podcast.

This was our second episode and we look forward to more interviews. Subscribe to our podcast so you won’t miss any of them when we publish them on the platform. We hope to inspire you to make movies with your mobile phone. The Red Carpet is in Your Pocket!™

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