Ryan Connolly of Film Riot recently gave us an example of a neat-looking video shot on a smartphone. Of course, if you’re limited only to the smartphone, it’s possible to shoot a movie, but there are certain challenges you’ll need to face.
In this video, Ryan gives you a few suggestions for improving your smartphone moviemaking with some additional accessories. They won’t only make the footage quality better, but they’ll make the shooting easier and less frustrating.
You can expand the possibilities of your smartphone lens with various external lenses. They vary a lot in price, and you can get them for as low as $22 for an entire set of 5 lenses. If you want some higher-quality glass – it will cost you more, as you can expect. Here are a few types Ryan recommends, both budget-friendly and pricy versions:
Sometimes you want the effect of the handheld shots, but it’s not always the case. So, you need some stabilizers. Ryan recommends MeFoto Tripod Adapter, which you can mount onto any tripod and fix your phone onto it. Benro BK10 is also a good option. You can use it as a tripod, a monopod and even a selfie stick (if you must). These two are pretty cheap ($30-$35). And if your budget is a bit higher and you need smooth handheld shots, you can consider getting a DJI Osmo Mobile.
The native microphone of the smartphone is certainly not the best way to record audio. Instead, you can use some of these accessories to get the clean and crisp sound. Again, Ryan suggests versions for different budgets, from under $20 to almost $300.
When you shoot a video on a smartphone, especially in hi-res, you’ll need some extra space. Ryan recommends iXpand as a great solution to back up the footage or clear space while shooting.
Of course, you can always shoot without spending extra cash on accessories. However, if you are still far from buying your first DSLR or movie camera, maybe you can consider spending $100-$200 on a few extra items to boost your smartphone and start bringing your ideas to life.