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A beginner's guide to smartphone cinema

Until relatively recently, film-making has been a pursuit of only those with money or connections, and while this may continue to be true in Hollywood for some time to come, a shift in the cost of equipment required to make a short film is helping to democratise the art form.

Jason van Genderen is this year's winner of the Telstra Mobile Masterpieces category of Australia's Tropfest short film competition, a previous winner of Tropfest New York for a short that he shot on a Nokia N95 and author of the Pocket Filmmaker's blog. We asked van Genderen to take us through some of the major considerations of creating a new project with a smartphone and some of the pitfalls to consider, and to show off a few of the gadgets that can turn an iPhone into an important film-making tool.

If you're interested in the attachments, lens mounts, dollies or tripods seen in our interview, van Genderen makes them available through his website.

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