This epic snowball fight video was shot entirely on iPhone by John Wick director, David Leitch

Dec 3, 2019

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This epic snowball fight video was shot entirely on iPhone by John Wick director, David Leitch

Dec 3, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It looks like Apple’s going a bit nuts on the “shot on iPhone” campaign this year, at least when it comes to video. Selena Gomez recently shot an entire music video with it, albeit one that doesn’t really tax the iPhone’s camera all that much. Now, they’ve put one in the hands John Wick, Deadpool 2 And Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch.

His creation is a snowball fight of epic proportions called “Snowbrawl”. It’s the type of family Christmas video that the rest of us could only dream of shooting. With any type of camera. As one would expect from somebody like John Leitch, it’s packed full of action, stunts and slow motion.

Apple also released a behind-the-scenes video showing the making of Snowbrawl. It was shot entirely on the iPhone 11 Pro, although, as the BTS video shows, they used some pretty serious other hardware to make it all come together including boom mics, crash mats, oh and a full complement of crew and stuntmen showing the kids how to do all those crazy jumps, falls and slides.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAJwbyu-2mE

A lot of the shots appear to have been handheld at 4K 60fps and we see what looks like a Freevision Premium smartphone gimbal in use here and there. But there’s also a lot of cool rigging shown off in the BTS with the phone attached to various props (like the trash can lid) that were used in the action sequences.

I think it’d be pretty difficult for most of us to try to replicate anything even close to this, but it does make you think about where and how you might be able to attach a phone to something to get some unique perspectives that you wouldn’t be able to with bigger cameras.

[via Cult of Mac]

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10 responses to “This epic snowball fight video was shot entirely on iPhone by John Wick director, David Leitch”

  1. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    Apple is too much…they want their customers to think they can become big budget film makers using just their shitty iPhones.

    1. JustChristoph Avatar
      JustChristoph

      Apple phones are not shitty, in fact they’re brilliant. Very expensive, but brilliant. As for this film, yes, they are telling the truth with the ‘how we made it’ film but the ultimate intention is still to imply that an iPhone camera can achieve more than is reasonable.

      1. Michal Avatar
        Michal

        Very expensive, yes that’s true. They are good, maybe great, but briliant? I bet, you could make technically better video with cheaper equipment.

    2. angrybanana Avatar
      angrybanana

      The point is you can make a film and not think “I need to have super-expensive film gear to get the best shots” mentality.

  2. Carter Tune Avatar
    Carter Tune

    Crap claims like this are like the fad in the eighties to shoot fashion with disposable film cameras. It was still all done with professional lighting, lit for the film type in question, with a light crew. I seriously doubt this was shot by a single person, on a single iphone, with a lighting crew and pro lighting equipment. Nice, how they imply that it was. That any idiot with an iphone will shoot like a pro. Claims like this are insulting to professionals.

  3. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
    Alexandre Ayoubi

    IWhat?

  4. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    An advert again.

  5. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    Carter Tune Michael Bray : Considering the very next video in that article is a behind the scenes of the ad, shows a crew using multiple iphones in handholding rigs and professional lighting rigs, they’re not really implying anything of the sort, never mind the fact that several of the shots clearly cut from one camera to the next during a single action sequence, a clear indicator of there being multiple cameras in play

    It doesn’t say shot on AN iphone, singular.

    It’s not claiming any idiot with an iPhone can shoot like a pro, it’s saying “look what a professional can do with our stuff”.

  6. JustChristoph Avatar
    JustChristoph

    Professionally conceived and shot, by professionals, using all the tricks that professionals know to optimise the available camera technology by working carefully within its limitations. It takes a whole lot of resources to achieve what a decent ILC would have done far more easily.

  7. HarryJohnsonthe3rd Avatar
    HarryJohnsonthe3rd

    Is that little girl a little young to have fake blonde hair? Yes she is. Not impressed with her at all or the commercial. Also if anybody ever waits on Tim Cook, I warn you that how ever much you bend over backwards he will not tip you.