Some Scenes In The Avengers [Not] Filmed On an iPhone [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Updated: It turns out that Seamus McGarvey was misquoted. From The Hollywood Reporter:
    The original story follows:

    The iPhone 4 has a great camera built-in -- but it is good enough to film a movie? According to cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, who worked on the upcoming Avengers movie, the iPhone works just fine as a cinematic instrument. In an interview with the Irish Film & Television Network:
    McGarvey gave no details about exactly which shots in the trailer were taken with an iPhone. It's a testament to the iPhone and McGarvey's abilities as a cinematographer that we can't figure it out.

    Watch The Avengers trailer on Apple's movie trailers website.

    Article Link: Some Scenes In The Avengers [Not] Filmed On an iPhone [Updated]
  2. Xenc macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
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    It'd be great to see which shots were taken on an iPhone. Amazing that it's not obvious!
  3. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    United States
    I believe the iPhone was used for the shot of Thor at roughly 44 seconds in. Pure speculation though, but it definitely looks like it.

    EDIT: Perhaps 1:04 as well...
  4. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007

    edit: do you think he just did this for sake of using an iPhone?
  5. WatchTheThrone macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
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    Should of waited for the 4S's better camera....
  6. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
  7. ELA2 macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2011
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    0:46 Thor with hammer
  8. Will do good macrumors 6502a

    Will do good

    Mar 24, 2010
    wow. I'm sure the iphone is good, but I'll credit the DP/cameraman.
  9. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    I doubt it.

    A good craftsman will consider all the tools at his disposal and select the one best for the task at hand. A chef won't always reach for the $300 commercial food processor; sometimes a $20 paring knife is the best tool.
  10. daxomni macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2009
    Yeah, those elitist camera snobs should be more humble and inclusive like Apple fans!
  11. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Unless he had an early release 4S, that means there will be 720p scenes in the movie, which might stand out on the 1080p Blu-ray release...
  12. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    This actually. Lighting is far more important than resolution, but you can't tell that to n00b photogs, they want the latest and greatest hardware when they can't even fully utilize its capabilities.
  13. Duel macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    i Thought same too, it has different colour world, not that saturated and vivid colours. But if there's something else filmed with iphone too, it's very difficult to say.
  14. brianbobcat macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2003
    Definitely the scene at :49-:50 second of Thor holding the hammer in the air with the white strobe light in the corner. When I watched it originally, I couldn't tell it was any different, but once I went frame by frame, I could see some of the issues with it's CMOS sensor like rolling shutter. They're clearly done a lot of post-processing to diminish the effect, but it's still partially there. I could also see them putting iPhones in places where a camera might get damaged or destroyed as a couple hundred bucks is nothing whereas $50K for their main cameras is not an insignificant amount.
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  16. scottrichardson macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    Ulladulla, NSW Australia
    Not entirely - There's oodles of 1080p blurays out there that dont come close to saturating the resolution detail of 1080p due to camera MTF and focus. Only if the cameraman can fully focus the camera, and it is 3k, 4k or 5k, will you get a fully detailed 1080p image. Most of the time the actual visible resolution is somewhere around 720p. Yes there's 1020 x 1080 pixels on screen, but the image is so soft it could as easily be a focused 720p image scaled up.

  17. Thanatoast macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2002
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X; en_US) AppleWebKit (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile [FBAN/FBForIPhone;FBAV/4.0.2;FBBV/4020.0;FBDV/iPhone2,1;FBMD/iPhone;FBSN/iPhone OS;FBSV/5.0;FBSS/1; FBCR/AT&T;FBID/phone;FBLC/en_US;FBSF/1.0])

    Okay, you hav to admit that's pretty cool.
  18. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    It is so nice when you're not the only one who understands these things. Completely agree.
  19. Los macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    One of the scenes has got to be the one where Thor strikes Captain America, just look at the amount of noise and the lack of detail on the trees in the background. It looks like something you'll find in an iPhone 4 or 4S.

    Then again when Thor is about to hit something during the city scene. That's the only two I can make out, both seem to produce noise similar to what you'll find in an iPhone.
  20. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  21. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
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    I'd put money on them being the shots of troops and cops running to an event early in the trailer. Those are the kinds of things a bystander would hypothetically capture on that kind of camera.

    That would t be lost on the guy who did the 9/11 movie.
  22. ShiftClick macrumors regular


    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I give most of the credit to the colorist who was able to blend the mixed resolutions very seamlessly. Impressive.
  23. Sackvillenb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Canada! \m/
    Ha! That is both hilarious, and totally awesome!
  24. Nepiller macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    Not surprisingly I was on set in Cleveland for the avengers in August the stunt coordinators would take video of the stunts on a iPad 2 an play it back for the stunt men an actors to show them how it looks an how they want the shot to look I love apple!
  25. YeahBuddy macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I think that's crazy that a movie with that kind of budget would actually resort to shooting some shots with an iPhone, but I love the fact that they did it. Awesome.

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