In 2015, director Sean Baker and his crew created feature-length movie Tangerine. You may remember the movie, but also the story behind its creation, as it was filmed entirely with three iPhones. Now one of these iPhones is finding its way to the Academy Museum which opens in 2019, and it will honor the art and science of movies.
We just posted about a particularly well made iPhone X video yesterday, profiling French dessert maker Elise Lepinteur. While it is a very nice and polished final product, the phone had a little assistance from sliders, gimbals and 3rd party lenses.
In this video, though, from Matteo Bertoli Visuals, we see the iPhone X footage completely unassisted, handheld. That’s right, no gimbals, no sliders, no bolt-on lenses. He didn’t even use Filmic Pro to film it, he used the phone’s standard app. And it looks pretty amazing.
Josh Klinghoffer, the guitar player of Red Hot Chili Peppers, got fed up with the audience filming the concert with their phones. Instead of playing the solo in “Californication”, he grabs his own smartphone and starts filming the crowd to make a statement.
Like it or not, smartphones are becoming more advanced and provide more possibilities for both filming and photography. Some people use them in addition to their regular photo gear, and some even use only smartphones to take stunning photos. Wedding photographers Kristine and Calen Rhome (aka White in Revery) filmed a wonderful wedding video. This wouldn’t be anything unusual if it wasn’t filmed using only iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a few supplemental pieces of gear. Their video proves the famous statement that “it’s not about the gear, it’s about the photographer”. Or in this case: videographer.
The battle between iPhone and DSLR photography is never-ending. The iPhone advocates claim that it’s not about the equipment, it’s about the skill. On the other hand, DSLR photographers get mad at iPhone users who call themselves photographers. Although I love my Nikon DSLRs and hate the quality of the photos I make with my phone, I’m gonna have to agree with the iPhone users on this one.
This is precisely what Parker Walbeck tried to prove in his video, where he compared the footage taken with an iPhone with the one taken with a $50,000 camera. The results may surprise you.