vendredi 6 septembre 2013

Cinewalks in Paris - test of Cinemacity

Paris and cinema it's an awasome mix that I decided to test this summer with the application Cinemacity.

Cinemacity is an application that through geolocalisation offers you the opportunity to visit Paris and  to review major motion pictures that were filmed within 300 meters of the position from where you are standing.  There are approximately 400 videos (excerpts of well known films).

Cinemacity was coproduced by Arte and Small Bang. More information on 

You may also take part in this project by sending your own "sweded"version of a film scene shot in Paris.

As it was summer time so I tried it during “Paris Plage” which is an event that recreates the beach at the border of the Seine river. If you are in Paris during holidays, try it!

I don't have the latest version of IPhone so maybe some of my remarks may not be experienced by users of iphone 5.

After downloading the app on my smartphone I had a choice to start my experience either by watching videos that I was close to (min 300 m) or by following one of the 24 optional walks.

I chose to watch videos that I was close to and could discover spontaneously.  A map pointed out my position, indicated the closest videos and the perimeter of 300 m that enabled me to unlock the videos.
Sometimes when I wanted to zoom in on  my position, the application dezoomed it.

I started to walk  and experience the magic of Paris. The length of videos varied from  very short (30 seconds ) to almost four times as long (2 minutes).  I traveled in space and in time as this app includes black and white films as well as recent ones. For example  next to Notre Dame I saw Gina Lolobrigitta playing Esmeralda.

After each video excerpt,  my screen showed the video’s poster, its title, and synopsis. 
I wanted to watch some of them immediately, but unfortunately it's not possible. I also  would like to receive a mail with information about the videos that I watched- in order to rent them later, but this is not an option.

Since this application requires 3G connection- we are dependent on the quality of the internet connection. As long as I had 3G, the experience was really great. However, sometimes I lost it and I couldn't acces to videos, which was frustrating.
Also, at the “Paris Plage” event there is no Wifi Free Spots...

There is an option to download the videos prior to your visit according to the walk you will choose.

But as I was moving randomly, I crossed through a few different intineraries and switching between connected and non- connected modes was not convenient for me.

Sometimes the geolocalisation indicated my position in a totally different place than I was.

To sum up- it’s a good experience that  enables us to discover Paris through the magic of cinema.
The disadvantages- the experience depends on the quality of connection if we don't download a specific walk prior to arriving.