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App Moves Film Narrative Onto Second Screen


This weekend, the Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver is screening a new tech thriller that utilizes second screen technology to help tell its story.

In the film, Anna, played by Hannah Hoekstra, finds her life turned upside-down by a seemingly sentient app names Iris that finds its way onto her phone.

In the film, Anna, played by Hannah Hoekstra, finds her life turned upside-down by a seemingly sentient app names Iris that finds its way onto her phone.

Second screen content — via phone, tablet or laptop —  is pretty common among 
newer TV shows. And it’s made an appearance in the gaming world. 
 But the new film App, takes second screen to a new level. Extra camera angles, additional visual information, messages among characters, and other elements come into play. Sometimes they add to the suspense. Sometimes they’re just 
funny. 


Director Bobby Boermans (seen here in our Skype chat) has music video credits as well as feature films on his CV. He says conceiving and shooting the second-screen content was less difficult than timing it within the context of big-screen narrative.

Director Bobby Boermans (seen here in our Skype chat) has music video credits as well as feature films on his CV. He says conceiving and shooting the second-screen content was less difficult than timing it within the context of big-screen narrative.

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We spoke with Dutch director Bobby Boermans about the development of the 
project, and how his team decided how much was enough on the second 
screen.

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