Selfies as films is a way to take what millions of kids and adults are doing on a daily basis and turn it into an intimate communication of feelings. Whether that video is then uploaded to a social media site, sent to a friend, sent to a stranger or just serves as a modern-day diary is for the viewer to ponder. Also for the viewer to ponder are ways in which the many powerful psychological subjects brought up in our films induce discussion and thought after viewing the film.
Did anyone plan for selfies to be a new form of film making? I don't think so. Rather they were to be a quick way to take pictures on holiday, at school, at a family reunion, or in other situations. Selfies have served all of these purposes and thousands more. But within the nature of the selfie lies so much more. Anything that can capture so quickly the moods, emotions and happenings of people is a valuable means of self expression and an extraordinary communication tool.
The depth of Selfies hasn't been measured yet but is profound. Allowing actors to do their own filming of scenes, while a camera crew films parts of the film is being done now. I am doing it, having made many short films ranging from 30 seconds to 16 minutes using this technology. These films, based on my work as a positive psychologist and an author, reflect in a penetrating, dramatic way, aspects of coming of age and the issues that arise. I believe filmmakers, if not already will be making entire films with the actors using cell phones or other easy to use cameras with no film crew. New forms of film such as Selfie cinematography combined with animation, music, art, interviews, jokes, animals at play, etc. already exist. In fact funny animal Selfie films a top item and go viral with millions watching every week.
If you have captured your dog playing the piano and your Selfie has gone viral, you are an established Filmmaker! If you have interviewed your grandmother about aging and the video is up on You Tube, you are a Filmmaker. If you have a channel on You Tube where you teach other young girls how to put on make-up, you too, are an established Filmmaker.
The focus of this site is to honor different facets of the Selfie Film phenomenon. Let's explore what makes these films so inviting psychologically and emotionally. Let me also introduce you to a variety of people who are the creators of this new wave of Filmmaking. They range in age from 6 to 100, and their films cover a variety of topics. From the depths of our souls to the lightest touch of humor, a new wave of Filmmakers are exploring being human, being alive, sharing thoughts and feelings in a new way.
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