Cross post from responding to a piece on Andy's site about a late night conversation how indespensible mobile phone story telling could or might be one day.
The driver was one Fee Plumley ( in the middle of above pic) who's been in this space for quite a while
So here goes. . . The thread for the piece can be picked up here over at Andy and the pics from the night including the one here are from his photo stream.
It certainly was some conversation. What time did we leave the drinks bar? 1.30 am?
For me the conversation resonated something like this.
Fi does a range of projects with the phone. Right!
But could it become a must have for journos in say the same way the A1 is fast becoming?
Its obvious benefit is that it's on your person. An increasing benefit is that you can post straight to your blog.
And what else?
I don't doubt it has huge value, but perhaps like video journalism with its rocky start, we just haven't seen the trees from the wood yet.
My thoughts, trend extrapolating ( oh dear I'm off again) is that it should/might/may be beg a new visual language.
I remember talking to Clyde Bentley, Associate Professor of Journalism at Missouri School of Journalism who told me some years back now that Mobile programme use in S. Korea is huge.
In visual narrative, I guess it's more of the FBCU's than the CU, given the screen size.
And while it may be great for Citizen jo and "open wide" shooting, what about the construct?
One major K.app I said to Fee would be when the handset either by max-fi/wifi or some device lets you broadcast straight into a TV show/site or say with millicent.tv you stream live with multiple cams.
Voila a minature sat kit on the cheap.
Or what about having the lens on a rotating gimble or attached to key hole camera so you can do clandestine stuff?
My A1 despite its size would have been too intrusive.
Just two ideas. I'm sure they're more.
Fees in Leeds on Monday. She might be able to enlighten us further.