Susy Botello is a Mobile Film Advocate & Podcaster: Susy is passionate about storytelling and film. She's a pioneer, an avid speaker, and storyteller spreading the message of the mobile smartphone film community worldwide.

Susy has been passionately involved with the concept of making movies with smartphone cameras as a pioneer, persistently and energetically.

As a pioneer, her insights come from her experience and endless conversations with filmmakers and other pioneers since the Spring 2009. That’s before the iPhone 4 was released to the masses.

"Lots of interesting people creating great films with a mobile device and Susy knows all of them." Ant Pruitt, about the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking.

Susy’s experience includes, publication editor and communications coordinator for a local organization. She also worked for a large organization as a graphics designer. Her experience includes event photography, video camera person aka videographer, video editor, media manager, working on short and feature films as script supervisor, director of photography and production coordinator.

She has an Associate’s in Science Degree in Media Communications (2003). She worked professionally in video production during her studies—a unique privilege to work in the industry that inspired her to change her major from paralegal to film and video.

In 2006, she founded S. Botello Productions™ based in San Diego, California.

In 2009, she launched an idea from a vision in 2003 of a future where cellphones would grow to become movie-making mobile devices. Her idea to get the ball rolling was to challenge humans of all ages and backgrounds around the world to make movies using their mobile phone cameras for the big screen, and compete in a live, in-person international film festival based in San Diego, California.

She launched the Mobile Film School (unaccredited) in San Diego on September 4, 2012. She taught storytelling through filmmaking using mobile phones, hosting workshops, and was invited to also teach teens in high schools and middle schools.

Susy hosts the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, which currently has 130 episodes dedicated to inspiring conversations with filmmakers, and others. Discussions are uniquely focused on filmmaking using smartphone cameras, and the power of storytelling through film.

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What inspires me the most is the reaction I receive from people, mostly the participating filmmakers and those who follow me online. They literally light up my spirit to keep going and not give up. This is not a profitable venture for me.

But I am part of a team now. A team of wonderful people who volunteer to help me pull this off. I’m not gonna kid you…I love them crazy. I hope to hire them and pay them. I’m trying to build a team who can help this grow so that I can do that.

For now, it’s support that I need to continue to pay for things. Because, the world won’t let me pay my bills with my heart’s intent. However, I somehow always continue through the tough patches. My old friend’s voice is still with me. R.I.P.

My heart keeps me from selling this and putting a paywall to what I am doing here. I’ve met and discovered many good writers and creators here. And of course, anyone who reads and subscribes free is cherished.

Beginning November First I will add a paid subscription. I will continue to give you everything free. I’m only doing it for the very few who can give back. I don’t want to put a paywall in front of you.

I always end up giving it back. It’s like a circle.

Why would you support me for what I do everyday? I hope my story helps you answer that story. In one simple sentence…no one loves filmmakers more than I do. And I mean all filmmakers, not just mobile filmmakers. And I’m a giver.

There may be something, sometimes, which I’ll add for subscribers only. Maybe discount codes for tickets to the festival in San Diego, would you like that? It always takes place during the last weekend of April. Participants in our festival never pay for tickets, by the way. I told you, I’m a giver.

Read my story with more details:

Smartphone Filmmaking
Looking Back to See the Path Forward
Going to do something on November first which is tough. Let me share a story with you before I tell you what I am going to do. First, I should mention that over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been mourning the loss of a friend and supporter of what I did, which I continue to do. My instructor in college, was someone who believed in me beyond what I belie…
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Susy Botello
Passionate about the power of storytelling since I was a child. My curiosity with film and smartphones drive me.