At the Sundance Film Festival this year, indie writer/director Sean Baker became the first filmmaker to show a film — Tangerine — shot exclusively on an iPhone 5s. In February, the ABC sitcom Modern Family debuted an episode called “Connection Lost” filmed entirely with iPhones, iPads and other Apple products. With smartphones grabbing about 76% of the U.S. subscriber market, the potential for amateur filmmaking has been exploding for years (see: YouTube, Vimeo), but now that technology is starting to catch up, talented storytellers with non-existent budgets are able to create high-quality pieces that could, arguably, be the future of the industry.
Or, at least, have a future … in the industry.
Here’s an ABC News piece (also shot w/ iProducts) – covering the Modern Family episode. It’s always fascinating to me when what you see on television and film or how you think it’s being shot, turns out to be a much more complex process. Of course it is, it always is.
I want to look at this area of innovation a little more in the coming weeks. I’ve already come across several pieces shot exclusively on iPhones, some of them edited on the devices through apps and with a variety of iaccessories, and others brought into a more complex editing and coloring system.
Let me know if you have any favorites.