Short Film Shot and Edited Entirely on iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A short film shot and edited entirely on an iPhone 4 has been making the rounds over the past day or two, demonstrating the camera and video capabilities of Apple's newest device. While the video itself is less than 90 seconds long, it shows off iPhone 4's HD video recording feature and camera quality while also proving that simple, high-quality editing can be performed using Apple's iMovie for iPhone application on the device.

    The footage has also been expanded to include behind-the-scenes video of how the shoot was conducted, including the various mounting methods used to capture desired perspectives and motion. The entire shoot and editing process was conducted in 48 hours.

    Article Link: Short Film Shot and Edited Entirely on iPhone 4
  2. macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    Long Island
    My buddy showed me this video about 10 hours ago because he knows I got my iPhone 4 today. Pretty cool, though I just downloaded the iMovie app and it doesn't seem as easy to use as I thought it would be. I'm not really a video editing guy though, so I'll pick it up eventually.
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2009
    Did anyone notice, that while she was editing it, holding it in her left hand. IT HAD NO BARS?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    it still had one.
  5. macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2010
    Not bad...

    Those USC Film School peeps... I tell ya, doesn't matter what camera they use, they always come up with great stuff... Wish I had gone there for film school.

    Not bad for a short done on a phone...

    Don't be surprised to see films at next year's Sundance Fest done entirely on the iPhone...
  6. macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2006
    Don't need a cell signal to edit video!

    Impressive work, here. iMovie is a pretty barebones editor, really; this just goes to show that it is the artist that makes the art and not the tools.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2006
    watched the video, and through the whole thing, I thought, "no way this was done with the iphone." Then I saw the "making of" and was blown away.

    Way cool.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2010
    Wow. It has motivated me to put "mess with iMovie on the MacBook" on my creative "to-do's" again.

    $5 isn't logical...... yet

    Blonde Buddhist
  9. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    It's clear that these people were professionals - did you see that expensive device at the beginning of the behind-the-scenes part that held the camera as she slid it on a track? They basically took a bunch of professional movie devices and techniques and harnessed the iPhone camera into those situations. It is cool though that the iPhone was able to capture and produce this high quality footage though. Excellent job by iPhone. But I wouldn't plan on being able to make this at home yourself ... although you may be able to get close.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    Wow! That gave me the chills. Great shots and great music. The only thing I noticed is the beginning shot had the phone trying to constantly adjust exposure making the lighting wavy. Otherwise, darn it if I couldn't tell the difference between an iPhone and a DSLR's video quality.
  11. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    That was awesome... I can't believe the quality. You don't need special equipment, it was just a wooden board on wheels (dolly) for the train shots and a couple of stands for the opening and closing scenes. And that arm to capture the scene with the train coming out of that tunnel probably isn't expensive either.
  12. macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2008
    Anyone else see the 1 bar when she's holding the phone?
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2004

    Grandpa looks well dodgy, call the cops!!
  14. macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    Uh that may be a bit of a stretch! :rolleyes:

    It was good, don't get me wrong. I am a film-maker and tech analyst and I am amazed at what we can do with these devices these days!

    iMovie on iPhone is pretty good but it needs a little work. Some of the icons are confusing, for example the record from camera icon is a still camera with an arrow pointing down. It needs to be the normal video camera icon (like in the camera when you slide it to capture video). Little things like that, but Apple should have caught that before it launched!
  15. macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2008
    Agreed. I think the iPhone may make everyone armchair directors, much like cheap digital cameras made everyone armchair photographers.

    And those USC guys, don't get me started on them. ;)
  16. macrumors newbie


    Mar 8, 2008
    Very cool. Looking forward to making movies myself.
  17. macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2009
  18. macrumors member


    Jan 9, 2008
    Madrid, Spain
    Well Done Guys

    Quite incredible the quality that is coming out of iPhone 4.
    A nice little short with some adventurous camera work. Just a taster of what's to come methinks. Well done guys & well done Apple. Love it!:)
  19. macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2008
    Really nice short film, but I'm not really blown away by the results from the iPhone.

    The auto exposure adjustment in the outdoor scenes is pretty bad. It'd be nice if there was an option to keep the exposure that it picks at the start, and not auto-adjust as you go.

    Just keep in mind that this short film is great because of the person who made it, not the device. I'm sure he could shoot something just as nice on any other 1 or 2 megapixel phone.

    That aside, the video quality of the iPhone is much nicer than I have seen from any other phone.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2010
    this is just awesome. can't believe it
    in the future, you will see something like iphone 4 short version lord of the ring
    can't wait to try it myself :D
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Suffolk, UK
  22. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Wow. Just wow. I keep having to remind myself that they're using a phone! Their story was simple and well-designed. And it proves that, with persistence, it can be done. I'm really impressed.
  23. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    This is another example of how it doesn't matter what camera or editing software you are using, if you have the talent, you can make some pretty impressive videos.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    It really is the brain behind the work!

    I know it's been said before me, but it really is the brain behind the work.
    They put the effort in and it paid off.
    Good job guys.

    It's good to see people working so hard and being a little creative. I hope the publicity from this video makes a positive change for them in the future.

    Well, they were obviously smart enough to have turned all networking off (Airplane mode) etc while filming...
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    as a very amateur film maker I will say that the ability to make this quality of a video on a "phone" is simply amazing!!!

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