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Robot cameraman lets users take video selfies
While selfies have become a major trend in the past year — even leading one Japanese company to developselfie camera stands for tourists — they’re actually a practical way capture a meaningful moment when there’s no-one else around to do it. With this in mind, SOLOSHOT is a robotic camera tripod that automatically tracks the subject as they move, enabling athletes and performers to create dynamic video selfies. READ MORE…
Immersive 360° video lets viewers choose which characters to follow
The in-built accelerometers in tablets and smartphones offer increasingly unusual ways for users to interact with multimedia content. We recently wrote about Device6, a playable novel that relies on manipulation of the iPad to give a sense of space. Now a project from Switzerland called IDNA – Spatial Storytelling has produced a 360-degree video narrative for handheld devices that reveals different elements of the story depending on the way viewers choose to angle their tablet. READ MORE…
App turns smartphone owners into film crew members
The rising quality of smartphones’ video capabilities is opening up new opportunities for consumers to create their own mini films. Now Film Crew is an app that enables professional filmmakers to crowdsource smartphone footage from anyone wanting to join the crew and earn a credit. READ MORE…
That is a tasty burger… Film event matches menu with on-screen food
While London’s Electric Cinema has offered a selection of popcorns and snacks inspired by the events on-screen, we’ve now discovered Toronto-based film event Mise, which provides guests with an entire menu of dishes inspired by meals that are eaten by the characters themselves. READ MORE…
App helps smartphone owners to create better video
We’ve already seen a television ad for mymuesli created entirely with the iPhone, but your average consumer still struggles to achieve professional-looking video on their handset. A new app called Cinch aims to change that, offering complex video editing capabilities and tips on how to get the perfect shot. READ MORE…
Throwable 360° camera could aid search and rescue operations
Devices such as the Kopin Golden-i Wireless Headset has already shown how emergency responders can take advantage of mobile tech. Now Serveball – a throwable camera that can capture 360-degree footage while in the air – could find use in search and rescue missions, giving responders visual coverage where the eye can’t reach. READ MORE…
Through platform, fans commit to fund Youtube artists’ every upload
Since the advent of file sharing, musicians have come up with a multitude of novel ways to fund their work, such as Pikup, the app that tracks users’ music listening habits and remunerates artists accordingly. Using the crowdfunding model, new startup Patreon enables fans to automatically donate money each time online content creators upload a new piece of work. READ MORE…
Movie provides extra narrative content to cinemagoers via app
Some people may get annoyed when audiences start getting their phones out during a performance, but we’ve come across a few projects that encourage those with an urge to check their devices – such as the Providence Performing Arts Center’s Tweet Seat scheme. Now, a new movie from the Netherlands called App has placed viewers’ second screens at the heart of its narrative, providing extra content to those who keep their smartphones at hand for the duration of the film. READ MORE…
Movie rental app offers credit for watching commercials
For home movie renters, one thing that can irritate viewers is adverts interrupting their show. Hoping to turn commercials into a positive thing for customers, HitBliss offers free credit for movie rentals when they choose to watch adverts. READ MORE…
Platform fills empty cinema seats through customer discounts
While Pogoseat is helping sports fans to pay a little extra to move into better seats otherwise left unused or unsold at live games, DealFlicks is combatting the same problem for cinemas, and at the same time offering film lovers lower priced tickets. READ MORE…
In Uruguay, an online platform for collaboration on Latin American films
Earlier this year we featured Finite Films’ crowdsourcing approach to film creation, and recently we came across a like-minded effort that takes that premise even further. Based in Uruguay, LALA is a platform for movie makers, actors, directors, writers, musicians, film professionals and cinema lovers that aims to facilitate the creation and funding of Latin American films. READ MORE…
Short films released each month are shaped in advance by the audience


Viewers are playing an ever-more-defining role in the movies they watch, including everything from choosing what gets shown in the local cinema — and even powering those cinemas — to guiding the film’s very plot with just the power of their thoughts. Along similar lines, Finite Films is an effort whereby audiences can help shape the events in a series of short films created by a trio of filmmakers each month. READ MORE…
 
Shipping containers serve as movie theaters at New Zealand festival

Converted shipping containers are now being used to showcase Kiwi film and culture as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival’s ‘New Zealand on Screen’. READ MORE…
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Viewers customize interactive Facebook-based “Social Film”

When it comes to entertainment, regular readers of Springwise may have  noticed a growing trend where, user interactivity is not only  encouraged, but is made compulsory in order to reveal certain content.  Recently we spotted Bluebrain’s location-based album, and now we’ve discovered Murmur’s “Social Film” — Him, Her and Them — which relies on the viewer/user to alter the viewing experience for their Facebook friends. READ MORE…