It’s the 20th century and the picture house is on the rise. Movies are becoming sensations and people flock to see them. You turn to the person next to you and say, one day we can all make these movies with a machine in our pocket. They laugh in response.
For some the dream of becoming a filmmaker is never a part of their mind, but for others, it’s a daydreams that hits them everyday. Armed with his iPhone 8 – Jordon Cal set out to make that daydream a reality and produce Voices – An iPhone Narrative.
It’s a short piece but a compelling entry into Moment International 2019 and shows the new generation of filmmakers are not limiting themselves to expensive camera gear to make their movies.
The film starts off with a man in a distressed state, simply and immediately throwing the audience into a state of discomfort before swiftly moving into a almost God Vs Man shot which was reminiscent to me of the interrogation room of a police building.
Somehow Jordon has managed to achieve great low light shots here with his iPhone 8 – not something the device is known for when it comes to video. Kudos to him for that.
That’s when it happens. What you didn’t expect.
The movie goes from Real Life action to stop motion photography of Lego. It was not what I expected but don’t get me wrong I did find myself drawn more into the story from that point.
In fact this half of the story brought out some of my favourite cinematography of the short film.
This second shot took the cake for me.
Literally felt like I’d gone from being in the interrogation room to waking up to a heavenly figure looking over me.
I’ll admit I was lost a little in the plot and what was going on – perhaps that was intentional on Jordons part – it is after all titled Voices which suggests some sort of mental health issue like schizophrenia.
All in all – a great short film, with great iPhone Cinematography, some great stop motion, and a clear effort gone in into producing something that gets the audience intrigued, sometimes anxious and otherwise very much bemused.