It's almost identical to our version. Same ideas, same script, same shooting style. The biggest difference is that none of us made it.
So it based on ours, and it had been entered it into a competition alongside lots of other people's totally original film entries, then won a trip to Cannes, £600 and £1300 of film equipment.
Sorry for angry words and swears, but I was pissed off about the whole thing. I got a fair bit of support, lots of people suggesting I email Nokia's press office, Jemma Lyon's university, etc. In the end I didn't do any of that, just decided to deal with it tomorrow and went to bed.
MoFilm quickly moved to do something about it. They messaged me on Twitter, got my number, gave me a ring, and generally dealt with all this in a nice professional way. They stuck a full apology on their blog:
“I would like to make a statement regarding the alleged plagiarism accusations from the Nokia Minimo movie competition.
I was approached by a Nokia representative who asked me to remake any video in under two minutes for his Nokia assignment. I was unaware that this was a competition at the time and did not receive a brief. The representative also promised to give me a mobile phone in exchange for assisting him with his project. I never received the phone.
The Nokia representative was present during the filming of my video and after being asked several times if the film was OK to submit he insisted it was and persisted to show the actors the original video to direct them where to stand and what to do. At no point did the representative inform any of the people involved that the film was breaching the terms and conditions and I was led to believe that the entry was valid.
Further to this, Nokia became aware that my entry was based on another video three days prior to sending me on the trip to Cannes, but they still sent me on the trip and refused to act until the public outcry.
My name has been tarnished by this event. I have been branded a cheater amongst many other things too awful to write and I have yet to be informed of how Nokia aim to rectify this. I aspire to pursue a career in the creative media industry and this libel is a great hindrance to my progress to achieving the career I want. My efforts to expose the truth have been greatly subdued by Nokia and the rule of law seems not to apply to large powerful corporations in certain instances.
In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that basing my video on Mr Tribble’s creative work was done in ignorance. I was not aware that I was breaking any rules and the Nokia representative never informed me that I was doing so. I previously had no interest in submitting an entry but I was misled into thinking that I was merely helping the Nokia representative, he has since personally apologised to me for the way I have been treated.
Nokia has allowed my name to be dragged through the mud by shrouding the situation with half truths and even some out right lies in order to save their own reputation.”