The Power of Cinema

In this short, mute film, a reclusive macro-photographer discovers the immortalizing power of cinema. The more people he starts pointing his camera to, the more obsessed he becomes to uncover stories worth exploring... but should all stories be dramatized? To what extent do we filmmakers have the responsibility to use this power, and will our hero challenge death by crossing this line?

  • Doddi Elgabry
    Director
  • Doddi Elgabry
    Writer
  • Doddi Elgabry
    Producer
  • Alberto Matesanz Diaz
    Original Music and Sound Design
  • Doddi Elgabry
    Key Cast
    "CAMERAMAN"
  • Vasilia Kouppanou
    Key Cast
    "YOUNG/OLD PIGEON FEEDER/VICTIM/DEATH"
  • Andreas Geros
    Key Cast
    "BOYFRIEND/1st POLICE OFFICER"
  • Ilsu Cagra
    Key Cast
    "GIRLFRIEND/DEATH DOUBLE"
  • Adrian Coutsoftides
    Key Cast
    "BUTCHER"
  • Anna Blasko
    Key Cast
    "VICTIM DOUBLE"
  • Orlando Vas
    Key Cast
    "2nd POLICE OFFICER"
  • Farah Abdelwahab
    Camera Operators
  • Andrea Santos
    Camera Operators
  • Alexandra Zheleva
    Camera Operators
  • Orlando Vas
    Camera Operators
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Noir, Silent, Adventure, Short, Narrative, Student, Low-budget
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 17, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    170 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (iPhone 6S Plus)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Doddi Elgabry

My first short film is officially "The Power of Cinema" which I shot entirely on iPhone. I am a Greek-Egyptian former law-school, now computer science student with a deep-routed love for cinema. As a freelance photographer/videographer, it was only natural that I ended up shooting films. This film may be shot on iPhone, but it aims to encompass many more years of cinematic history that has come before it. I hope you will appreciate that.

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Director Statement

A lot of love went into the making of "The Power of Cinema"

I'm sure you will appreciate the numerous homages that can be either seen or heard... One thing we wanted to make sure to do is put you through an emotional journey that ranges from the silent comic 20's to the thrilling film noir 40's and Golden Age of Hollywood, as well as more daring and experimental European work, which we equally identified with and drew inspiration from.

In short, this film is about the beauty of cinema, but also about the responsibility of the filmmaker to nurture this beauty. I hope you enjoy.