So the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now official, and soon, I’m sure a lot of you will be either upgrading your current iPhones, or maybe even making the switch from some other platform (like Android), to the iPhone, which, in addition to faster CPUs, and larger screens, also touts a much-improved camera, with 1080p high-definition at 60-fps, 240-fps slow-motion shots, cinematic video stabilization, and up to 128 gigabytes of storage, and more. You can even add on lenses to it.
So here’s my question for all you enterprising filmmakers out there: you now have, for all intents and purposes, what could be said to be a relatively high-quality camera that also just happens to be a phone, and many other things. Who among you is already using your iPhone (or whatever phone platform you subscribe to) to shoot your films? And if you’re not already doing so, is this something that you plan to take advantage of – embracing the technology, and incorporating it into your work, one way or another?
What I’m asking isn’t exactly revolutionary. After all, filmmakers have been using their iPhones (and other types) to make short films, shoot music videos, web series and more – all before the iPhone 6’s release. And my research tells me that there are even some iPhone film festivals! Maybe you’ve already shot something with your current iPhone (or other device platform), and submitted to one of these festivals (or uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and shared with friends and family).
I’d like to hear all your stories, if they fit any of the above criteria.
To some, the idea would be blasphemous (“who shoots a film using their phone?”); but to others, it’s a cheaper, but also comparable way to get one’s ideas visualized. And maybe you’re one of *those* people. Again, I’d like to hear from you. How are you adjusting as a creative with all this seemingly affordable technology at your fingertips? How is it all changing your approach to creating content – whether feature films are your preference, or shorts, web series, or maybe just *cool* creations you’ve uploaded to YouTube, not necessarily looking to make a buck, but rather, just because the technology is available to you, and you’ve decided to exploit it.
“Oldboy” director Park Chan-wook, directed a 30-minute short called “Night Fishing” (below) in 2011 on an iPhone 4 (3 years before the latest iPhone technology) – an experience he appreciated because, as he stated at the time, “because it is light and small and because anyone can use it.”
Watch a preview of Chan-wook’s iPhone 4-shot short film below (you’ll have to pay YouTube $2.99 to watch the full film), and leave a comment, as a content creator, on your approach to all this new technology, whether you’re a celluloid purist, or a devil-may-care renegade.