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Apparently, this is intended as an advertisement for an US$11,000 (or so) camera lens. I have always enjoyed taking mechanisms apart and putting them back together again (starting with an alarm clock when I was about 8 y/o to see what made it "tick" - much to my mother's horror) and later on I enjoyed working on CAD/CAM systems used to generate things like FEA, 3D solid models, CNC, and exploded component diagrams and the bill of materials for the components - so this video (below) is right up my alley. Beautiful stop-motion type of video simulating the component disassembly.

An inadvertent but interesting study of human nature - the thief's and the man who made the documentary.

Published on 13 Dec 2016
After my phone got stolen, I quickly realized just how much of my personal information and data the thief had instantly obtained. So, I let another phone get stolen. This time my phone was pre-programmed with spyware so I could keep tabs on the thief in order to get to know him. However, to what extent is it possible to truly get to know someone by going through the content of their phone?

In the Netherlands, 300 police reports a week are filed for smartphone-theft. Besides losing your expensive device, a stranger has access to all of your photos, videos, e-mails, messages and contacts.

Yet, what kind of person steals a phone? And where do stolen phones eventually end up?

The short documentary ‘Find My Phone’ follows a stolen phone’s second life by means of using spyware.

Although you’ll meet the person behind the theft up close and personal, the question remains: how well can you actually get to know someone when you base yourself on the information retrieved from their phone?

Do you want the full story behind the film? You can contact me in order to answer all of your questions by means of an interview (I’m proficient in Dutch and English), or to invite me to a film festival.

[email protected]
Dutch version can be found here:
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