“The Life and Death of an iPhone” is shot entirely on an iPhone, edited on the iPhone about what it’s like to be an iPhone. Seen entirely from the phone’s point-of-view beginning with its inception through its life… death… and ultimately its reincarnation. This is not a PSA.
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Directed, Written and Edited by Paul Trillo
Additional Filming by Alex Mallis
Produced by Project Fathom
Produced by Tessa Travis
Associate Producer: Marina Fernandez Ferri
Associate Producer: Brian Streem
Production Assistant: Melanie Kelley
Alex Mallis as Lucas
Langan Kingsley as Langan
Factory Worker #1: Frances Pu
Factory Worker #2: Julie Chen
Male Friend #2: Javier
Female Friend #1: Emmy Harrington
Male Friend #1: Evan Jones
Boss: Landon Van Soest
Museum Security: Robert House
Craigslist Buyer: Charles Pang
iPhone Repairman: Brian Peralta
Taxi Driver: Flip
Chinese Businessman: Vincent Leong
Phone Thief: Nate Myers
Taxi Customer (not pictured): Brad Kula
Special Thanks: The Cameo Team, Vimeo, Jason Sondhi, Taylor Newby, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Landon Von Soest, Cubana Social, Black Bear Bar, Computer Answers, Josh Ruben
Media is a tool that can program and reprogram the human bio-computer. Stories pattern the imagination. Language helps us think about our thinking. Cinema can open up new vistas for our minds.
This video is a new collaboration with my friend, artist and filmmaker Jason Silva, host of National Geographic's BrainGames and creator of Shots of Awe.
Jason sent me an inspiring recording he made in the park with his Iphone discussing how powerful advances in technology can extend our connections to each other making us more compassionate and kind-hearted beings.
He proposes that communication technologies act as "empathy machines", opening up new intersubjective spaces where we can all become one.
These new tools give us new "spaces of possibility" to explore, and this video is a celebration of that new space of imagination, compassion, collaboration and inspiration.
Jason and I have become good friends, kindred spirits, and share a passion for intense inspiration, for using videos to share new vistas, and when he sent me this I was so excited, I started creating visuals right away. Hope you find it inspiring.
We took three days and repurposed footage from Shots of Awe series, it was a spontaneous desire to create a campaign for POSSIBILITY and a call to action to improve the world.
Special thanks to UNEP - United Nations Environment Program for supporting the creation of this video - unep.org
Thanks to Discovery Digital Networks, TestTube, Bokeh, Imaginary Foundation and Shots of Awe team for supporting the images. Especially Tom Lofthouse, Barry Pousman, Jordan Dertinger, Nick Philip, Colin Decker and the rest of the team.
In order of appearance: Ben Moon & Denali
Producer: Ben Moon // Moonhouse
Directed / edited / written: Ben Knight // Felt Soul Media
DP: Skip Armstrong // Wazee Motion Pictures
Second Camera: Page Stephenson
Co-Writer: Katie Klingsporn
Wet Camera: Justin Harris
Sound Recordist: Jim Hurst
Music Supervisor: Ben Knight and Ian Anderson
Sound Mix: Justin Harris
Narrated by: Ben Knight
Music by: Chihei Hatakeyama, Images of a Broken Light — chihei.org
Music by: Odesza, It's Only [feat. Zyra] In Return, odesza.com, courtesy of Counter Records 2014
Still Photographs by: Ben Moon, Lisa Hensel, Carli Davidson, Miranda Moon, Vivian Moon, Jean Redle Dawn Kish, Lisa Skaff, Pete Rudge, Kristen & Ian Yurdin, and John Sterling