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Make a Movie with your Smartphone

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Smartphones have taken over our modern lives so it's only natural as a filmmaker to explore your device and what it can do for you. Many films are entirely shot and edited on a smartphone, some are just promotional tools for the phone manufacturer, while others are actual movies with actors, plots and music scores.

With Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view the iphone 11 has capabilities better than many cameras on the market.

Netflix recently picked up Steven Soderbergh’s latest movie High Flying Bird (2019) which was shot on iPhone. With the proper lighting and audio equipment, you could create a cinema quality movie.

Also, Malik Bendjelloul's brilliant Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man (2012) was shot entirely on iphone. The film's director, Malik Bendjelloul, turned to the iPhone when he ran out of money toward the end of filming. That being said, smartphones are not a last-choice option. Some very impressive videography can be accomplished using smartphones like South Korean director Chan-wook Park's movie Night Fishing (2011)

You can be creative like Jay Alvarez who in 2013 shot I Play With the Phrase Each Other ,the first feature film composed entirely of cell phone calls. Shot in Black & White, the smartphone camera limitations are harder to detect.

Music videos and TV shows are also shot using smartphones. Did you know that on Monday the 25th of March 2019 NBC’s Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon aired an episode that was shot entirely on a Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphone, bringing a never-before-attempted production spin (and marketing gimmick) to the late night talk show wars.

Eminem’s song “Venom,” shot entirely on a Pixel 3.

With all the possibilities, nothing prevents you from creating content whether narrative, fictional or just plain vlogs. Pull that smartphone out of your pocket and get to film-making!

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