Filmmakers from Italy have crafted a recorded first: a documentary feature shot entirely on a cell phone. Using a Nokia N90, co-directors Marcello Mencarini and Barbara Seghezzi interviewed people on the street for their project, entitled New Love Meetings. Already somewhat common in the realm of shorts, this could mark the beginning of a new wave of digital feature filmmaking. The Associated Press reports:
The approach offers the advantage of being intimate, leading people to open up a little more easily, directors say. In a documentary about love and eroticism, that doesn’t hurt.
For two months last year, the directors interviewed some 700 people across Italy — at bars, open markets and on the beach. About 100 of them ended up in the movie.
“To use a small instrument that belongs to people’s daily routine allows you to establish an intimate dialogue, instead of using a regular camera,” she said. “The interview becomes more like a chat.”