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Episode 96 | Don’t Underestimate the Phone in Mobile Dance Film Festival w/ Andrew Chapman

On this episode, Dance Behind the Screen podcast co-host Martheya and Azaria interview Andrew Chapman of Mobile Dance Film Festival. They discuss why Andrew found it important to create a film festival with films solely filmed on mobile devices, MDFF’s curation process, tips and advice on filmmaking, and a special new term “Ediography”. Enjoy this episode! (53:38)


[0:41] The Team says welcome back and introduces Andrew Chapman of Mobil Film Festival. The team tells us about Andrew Chapman and another dance film festival that we love, Mobile Dance Film Festival. This episode dives in deep with this festival that screens dance films made on mobile devices.


[3:02] Topic: Don’t Underestimate the Mobile Device

  • [3:45] Azaria asks: “Can you briefly share about some of the history of the Mobile Dance Film Festival”

  • [6:55] Martheya asks: “What made you so interested in this mobile aspect?”

[9:33] Topic: “Ediography” & Curation

  • [13:47] Martheya asks: “Could you talk to us more about what this looks like: how are you selecting the jury panel? How are you reviewing the films?

  • [16:09] Martheya asks: “What is the spiel [what is means to adjudicated dance film]”?

  • [20:26] Martheya asks: “What do you think are the three to five characteristics that you find in dance films that are always selected?”

  • [25:17] Azaria asks: “What are your predictions for the future of your particular festival or how the dance and film world will continue as we evolve and probably make better and smarter phones?”

[26:49] Topic: Advice for the Filmmaker

  • [29:48] Martheya asks: “Do you have some other tips for low budget filmmaking at home?”

  • [32:32] Martheya asks: “Are there specific apps that you’re using, that you think are really beneficial that we all need to download today?”

  • [33:44] Martheya asks: “Do you have any other advice for filmmakers who are already playing with their mobile device? What would your advice be to someone sitting at home with their iphone who wants to make a dance film?”

[34:44] Topic: Building Community Online

  • [39:49] Martheya asks: “Am I right about that [sharing all submission post to foster community]?

  • [41:40] Martheya asks: “How else are you thinking about social media as it relates to the festival?”

  • [43:48] Martheya asks: “How do you think social media is influencing the dance world specifically?”

[42:03] Azaria asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

  • Any low budget filmmaking account on Instagram for ideas and tips

[42:22] Martheya asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Something from a Disney movie, probably Cinderella and the prince at the Ball.

[42:44] Azaria asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Yes

[42:51] Martheya asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram

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