Computer screen film

Computer screen film or desktop film is a film subgenre where the action takes place entirely on a screen of a computer or a smartphone. It became popular in the 2010s with the growing impact of the internet on everyday lifes. The technique is mostly associated with horror and thriller films and is considered to be born from the found footage genre.[1][2]

According to Timur Bekmambetov, a computer screen film should take place on one specific screen, never move outside of the screen, the camerawork should resemble the behavior of the device's camera, all the action should take place in real time, without any visible transitions and all the sounds should originate from the computer[3].

After producing one the first mainstream computer screen films, Unfriended in 2014, Bekmambetov started working on a whole series of films in this genre that he calls Screen Life[4].


See also


  1. ^ Chris Evangelista (17 August 2018). "Timur Bekmambetov Developing 14 Computer Screen Movies". Slash Film.
  2. ^ Liam Maguren (13 September 2018). "Will the 'computer screen' movie be this decade's 'found footage'?".
  3. ^ Timur Bekmambetov (22 April 2015). "Rules of the Screenmovie: The Unfriended Manifesto for the Digital Age". MovieMaker.
  4. ^ Bryan Bishop (30 April 2015). "Beyond Unfriended: Timur Bekmambetov's wild plan to make desktop movies mainstream". The Verge.
Noah (2013 film)

Noah is a Canadian short drama film, released in 2013. Written and directed by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg as a class project when they were film students at Ryerson University, the film tells the story of Noah's (Sam Kantor) breakup with his girlfriend Amy (Caitlin McConkie-Pirie) entirely through Noah's use of computer applications such as Facebook, Skype, YouTube, Chatroulette and iTunes.The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Canadian Short Film. It subsequently won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Drama at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards.The film was also one of the inspirations for the Modern Family episode "Connection Lost".Woodman, Cederberg and Matthew Hornick, the film's coproducer, were subsequently active as the indie pop band Shy Kids, who received a Prism Prize nomination in 2016 for the animated music video for their single "Rockets".

Profile (film)

Profile is a 2018 horror thriller film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. It is an international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and Cyprus. The film is shot as a computer screen film. It premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section on the 17th of February.The film is based on French journalist Anna Erelle’s book In the Skin of a Jihadist about her investigation into the recruitment of young women by ISIS.


Unfriended is a 2014 American found footage supernatural horror film directed by Levan Gabriadze, written by Nelson Greaves, executive produced by Jason Blum, co-produced by Adam Sidman, and produced by Greaves and Timur Bekmambetov. The film is shot as a computer screen film. The film stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, and Courtney Halverson as high school students in a Skype conversation that is haunted by a student, played by Heather Sossaman, who was bullied and committed suicide.

The film premiered at the Fantasia Festival on July 20, 2014, and at SXSW on March 13, 2015. It received a theatrical release on April 17, 2015. The film, which is told almost entirely through a screencast of a high school student's MacBook screen, stars Shelley Hennig as one of several friends who find themselves terrorized online by an anonymous person. The film received positive reviews from critics and was a massive box office success, grossing $64 million against a $1 million budget.

A stand-alone sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web, premiered at SXSW on March 9, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 20, 2018.

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