Mini Movies
MiniMovies is exactly that, short feature documentaries transcribed and created for a digital medium. Currently there are only about 10 or so documentaries on the site, but I'm sure this will grow over time. The documentaries are split into smaller parts that the site calls 'episodes', which together comprise an entire documentary. The quality of the video is fairly good, and the video is simple to use with minimal loading time since they host the videos themselves.

The thing to note is that the documentaries on here are not large major motion picture funded documentaries, but rather smaller independent films made by film students and video enthusiasts. While the selection currently is extremely limited, the quality of what's offered is fairly decent and the variety within that selection is even more diverse with documentaries on various issues from various parts of the world.

One documentary on the site, "Dream City by Tomas Kaan" explores visitors to a theme park in present-day Northern Iraq. Another entitled "Dear Oprah" set a year before US president-elect Barack Obama was elected, delves throughout America's more rustic and forgotten communities to interview and examine these non-voting areas and voters. And another documentary in MiniMovies lineup explores the divide between the real world and the virtual world of Second Life. The content is quite diverse, but the major pitfall of the site lies in the slow growth of the site and the limited amount of documentaries made available. In MiniMovies defense however, the site does offer their content across multiple platforms making it really convienient to watch their content.

The Overall Ratings for Mini Movies:
Show Diversity: (4/5)
Based on the mixture of television shows available on the site.
Loading Speed: (4/5)
The time taken to navigate the site and load videos.
Ease of Navigation: (3/5)
How easy is it to use and navigate.
Advertisements: (1/5)
Based on the annoyance level of advertisements on this site, the amount of ads, and the volatility of ads appearing on the page.
The lower the rating, the less annoying the ads are.


Total Score: 17/20

MiniMovies is impressive as a documentary site, while the number of documentaries is limited they almost make up for it by having such a rich collection of documentaries that span such a diverse amount of topics. If the site can speed up the pace with which they add films, and still maintain the apperance and cleaness with respect to ads and annoyances, they could become a vaulable asset in the video market to customers.

http://www.minimovies.org/home

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