Smartphone Mobile Filmmaking in San Diego Community #MobilizeStories

When storytellers come together they inspire each other. It happened the evening of Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in San Diego. #MobilizeStories was presented by the International Mobile Film Festival to inspire people to use the camera on their smartphones to share stories.

Founder of the International Mobile Film Festival, Susy Botello introduces #MobilizeStories with a presentation. Photo Credit: Aaron Nabus

The event was aimed at filmmakers, bloggers, small business owners, solopreneurs and others who were interested in creating video content and sharing their stories. Founder of the International Mobile Film Festival, Susy Botello, led the discussion through a presentation which featured a video interview and short film by Aris Tyros, How I Became A Movie Theatre Murderer. Watch the video below. Aris Tyros from Toronto, Canada won Second Place during #MFF2017SanDiego and took the Best Director Award at the Global Mobile Film Awards™ with his film shot with an iPhone, last year.

A video introducing Aris Tyros’ his film, How I Became A Movie Theatre Murderer shot with an iPhone. Photo Credit: Aaron Nabus

The presentation included a talk about some of the tools, apps and techniques available to filmmakers and video content creators can use to create their films and videos using smartphones. The goal of the discussion was about empowering everyone regardless of experience and/or budget limitations. After the presentation, an open forum gave attendees an open forum to discuss the movement and democratization of the film and video industry.

Some of the attendees of the first #MobilizeStories Community Mobile Filmmaking Event in San Diego. Photo Credit: Aaron Nabus

As the host of the SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™, Susy Botello interviewed some of the attendees for the podcast which will publish next week on iTunes, Spotify and other podcast apps and platforms.

Travis Triggs during SBP Podcast interview with host Susy Botello. Photo Credit: Aaron Nabus
Anthony A. LoBlue, left, during SBP Podcast Interview with podcast host Susy Botello and Prentice Parish, center. Photo Credit: Aaron Nabus

Everyone who attended the event was excited and motivated but most importantly, everyone stated they were truly inspired by the presentation. They said they were ready to create something right away and a challenge was set. The challenge was to create a short film or video, any genre of 1 to 3 minutes and bring it to the next event to share and critique.

Left to right: Daniel Axelrod, Travis Triggs and JRod Gingerich. Photo Credit: Aaron Nabus

Later, everyone moved the discussion to a restaurant a few feet away from the meeting space and shared their ideas and impressions. Everyone had a good time and felt very comfortable sharing stories and ideas, techniques and their passions. Some people connected on social media as well and genuinely connected. Watch the videos and subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss the interviews and listen to previous podcasts to learn more about the global mobile filmmaking community.

If you are in San Diego, make a point of coming to the next Connect & Meet Up San Diego Mobile Film #Mobilize Stories Community Event happening October 25, 2018 at 7:30PM. The event takes place at Co-mmunity Cowork in Hillcrest at 1228 University Avenue in San Diego. Details on the website:

Join the #MobilizeStories Community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @MobilizeStories

You can also submit a short or feature mobile film at

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