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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.


Episode 3 Brian Hennings Sharing A Compelling Story With A Short Film

Welcome to SBP Podcast by S. Botello Productions! I am Susy Botello.

Mobile Film and Video is our focus and innovation is what drives us.

My passion for storytelling and technology brings me to connect my experience in video and film to storytelling for everyone—using mobile phones.

Hey, everybody, we’re coming to you from San Diego but we’re going down under to Perth Australia. We’re gonna talk to Brian Hennings. His film Express was one of the films we featured in our film festival last April. So let’s get started and let’s talk to Brian.

Brian Hennings submitted his short film shot with a Samsung Galaxy S7 Android smartphone and was accepted to the International Mobile Film Festival last April. Brian flew from Perth, Australia to San Diego to participate be a part of the festival. He met other filmmakers and was part of the Q&A Panel.

At about 2 minutes: Brian shares about his background and his experience as a storyteller and filmmaker.

At about 4:45: Brian shared how his project idea for the short film Express came about and how he got his production team involved to make a great story into a film shot with a smartphone. The film was their first mobile film challenge.

At about 7 minutes: I asked Brian about how he achieved the great look to his film and he explained the process. Brian then shared how testing before the production helped them work out the kinks and figure out what problems they would encounter beforehand. Especially, since the location for most of the film took place in a train station. He also explained why his footage was so stable.

At about 11 minutes: Since the filming was set at a train station, we asked Brian how he and the crew achieved the sound quality of the film.

Brian credits his team for producing an ultimately great film.

Express credits:

Actors: Sarah Harris and Nicholas Di Nardo

Director: Lydia Brisbout

Writer: Brian Hennings

Producers: Brian Hennings, Lydia Brisbout & James Corker

DoP: James Corker

Colourist: Matthew Gardner

Sound Design: Andrea Colbert

Composer: Jamie Murgatroyd

Shout-out to Sean Hellend as well

About 14:45: Then we ask Brian about the story behind the film. He shared the compelling story of the film and its message. It is a personal story for him as the writer but it’s a story with a message for everyone around the world.

At about 23 minutes: Brian discusses the importance of submitting films to film festivals to share stories and give light to important messages.

At about 25 minutes: Brian shares submitting to film festivals and attending them and connecting with other filmmakers.

At about 28:55: He shares his experience in the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego and about the filmmakers he met during our film festival, including an 11 year-old girl who made her film with a smartphone and also attended.

At about 32 minutes: We talk about the importance of mobile filmmaking for the youngest storytellers and the future of film using smartphones. We discussed a bit about the democratization of storytelling through mobile filmmaking.

At about 39 minutes: Brian shares his film, Express made it into several film festivals.

At about 41:40: We played a little game and then asked Brian if he had any last words or something else he really wanted to share. Brian shared films and television movies and shows coming out of Australia which he would like to recommend to people around the world to watch. He also recommended to seek out more international films in order to connect better as individuals from one country to another.

At around 48:20: Brian recommends that the people listening who are listening to the podcast that they make a film using their smartphones and submit them to the film festival and make the trip out to San Diego and connect to other people and filmmakers during the festival. He also shared that he is planning to submit another film to the festival and make the trip back to San Diego.

You can watch Brian’s mobile film Express, that screened during #MFF2017SanDiego on Vimeo:

Express is also on IMDB:

You can follow Lot 3 Media on Facebook:

Here is a news article featuring Brian Hennings and his film, Express:

Below are links to things Brian discussed in the podcast:

RUOK (Are You Okay) Day:

Aussie TV shows Brian shared:

Rosehaven: or

Utopia/Dreamland: or (same show renamed for foreign markets)


The Principal:

The Code:

We hope you will submit your films to the International Mobile Film Festival and share your story with the world, experience the film festival experience, be a part of a Q&A Panel and connect with others. San Diego is a beautiful place to visit, too!

International Mobile Film Festival:

Our Patreon. We could use patrons like you!

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Copyright 2017 S. Botello Productions. All rights reserved.

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