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Indie Movies Find the Mobile Small Screen

CNET reports that independent filmmakers are shooting videos on mobile devices and distributing them over wireless networks in an attempt to reach a mass audience.

Temah Nelson's animated short "Friends on Crack" stars Spruce and his fellow petroglyphs (think cave drawings) in a series of brief episodes that could serve as a model for mobile films, or videos created with smart phones and handheld devices in mind. Panelists at the Cinequest Film Festival advised a group of aspiring filmmakers that mobile devices could allow short films that were never previously shown outside a festival setting to attract a wider audience.

Portable video players and high-end multimedia smart phones have been available for several years, but none have really made their mark in the video realm the way Apple Computer's iPod has changed the music business. Wireless carriers and studios haven't really figured out the best business model for getting the content onto Palm's Treo 650 or Sony's PlayStation Portable video player, said Tim Bajarin, president of analyst firm Creative Strategies.

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