The Smartphone Film Creator

Have you made a movie in one year? How about three? Cara Rust made three short films in 2019 and based one of them on a play. Meet our guest in Episode 82 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking.

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Cara Rust is an accomplished mobile filmmaker, actor, writer, director, producer and editor, and that is just part of her skills and talents.

Cara Rust adapted a play into a film using her Samsung smartphone camera. Cara wrote, directed, edited and produced, “English Made Simple,” which was selected in this year’s International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego and several other international film festivals.

When you listen to Cara describe her love for theater and her passion as a creator, you realize that she is a person that sees barriers as opportunities. Her film was very well structured with attention to details such as set design, colors, acting, dialogue, audio, blocking, continuity, and more. All the elements of production and post production were emphasized in her film. “English Made Simple,” is a comedy that worked out well through the dialogue between the actors.

Actors for “English Made Simple,” by Cara Rust.

Timing is essential in comedy, but there is a difference between directing for theater and film. Keeping the performance “organic and real” in the moment can be a challenge.

Cara was balancing the directing with everything else on set. She recruited her boyfriend, Jannik Richter, as her Production Sound Mixer. His experience with sound was limited but he is part of a music band, so he had some equipment to bring to the production. The cast for “English Made Simple” was Jack — Milan Struwig, Jill — Natasha Govender, Jake — Jaco Van Niekerk, James — Willem Van Wyk. Cara gives special thanks to Riette Rust and Susanna Williams.

Sound Mixer Jannick Richter during film production.
Cara’s film was shot with her Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone camera.

She is looking forward to her next film where she expects to have a bigger crew so she does not have to juggle so many positions herself. Cara is attracted to animation and is interested in storytelling through animated films.

But with all the filmmaking positions she played, she’s mostly attracted to directing, as a creator. She explains her fascination with performance, character development and structuring in film. Her passion is evident to the actors that worked with her in the film and they were very grateful to be a part of her project.

Listen to Episode 82 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking featuring Cara Rust as a guest. You can listen in your favorite podcast app!

SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones.

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English Made Simple was shot with a Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone

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Official International Mobile Film Festival founder - S. Botello Productions. Mobile Film Advocate & Podcaster.