Though great storytelling, now as always, is crucial to moviemaking success, decent and affordable cameras can make a difference in your movies’ watchability and the effects you can achieve. Apple has steadily improved the quality of its iPhone’s cameras and iPhone 6 will introduce the most improvements yet.
- Focus Pixels for faster autofocus.
- 1080p HD video frame rates up to 60fps.
- Slow Motion at 240fps.
- iPhone 6 Plus – optical image stabilization (OIS) compensating for shake in low light.
- Continuous autofocus.
- Cinematic video stabilization.
- Up to 128 GB internal storage.
So far one of the most industry example-packed articles about how Apple’s latest may change moviemaking for all time comes courtesy of Angela Watercutter at Wired. In The iPhone 6's New Camera Could Forever Change Filmmaking the intriguingly surnamed Miss Watercutter relates stories of moviemakers whose cinematic efforts relied on earlier models of Apple’s iPhone.
The most poignant is Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man,” which Ms Watercutter tells us was shot on Super 8. When money became tight, she writes, Bendjelloul bought the Super 8 app for his iPhone and continued shooting.
Some flashback scenes in the movie were made on Super 8 – I have it playing as I write – but not the whole thing. The story, though, is a good one of adaptability and how an iPhone and an app can get you out of a jam or two. Bendjelloul wound up winning the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2013 and was on the oath to a brilliant career, then things took a turn for the worse.
Meanwhile read on for more of Angela Watercutter’s insights into the iPhone 6’s moviemaking possibilities.
The iPhone 6′s New Camera Could Forever Change Filmmaking
Amidst all the hoopla over the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and their motion processors, faster CPUs, and larger screens, it was also announced that Apple’s latest smartphones would have a much better camera. And while that’s great news for those looking to take less-wack selfies at the bar, the new video features that come along with it mean something else: a high-quality camera filmmakers—and those who aspire to be—can keep in their pockets.
Not that they didn’t have that before. iPhones have been used to make shorts and other types of films before—there are even multiple iPhone film festivals—but what the iPhone 6 offers is what Apple’s Phil Schiller called “technology used by high-end DSLRs” during yesterday’s product announcement. Coupled with the ability to grab 1080p high-definition clips at 60 frames per second, take 240-fps slow-motion shots, provide cinematic video stabilization, and offer up to 128 gigabytes of storage, there’s more than enough oomph in the iPhone 6 for a few takes. It’s the kind of power that could, like other developments in filmmaking technology, give rise to a whole new style of moviemaking.
“The iPhone has been here for a while, but in 2015 I think there’s going to be dozens, hundreds, of movies shot on the iPhone 6. I hope, at least, people find it a useful tool,” says Ricky Fosheim, the director of And Uneasy Lies the Mind, a feature film he made entirely on an iPhone 5 for $15,000 and managed to get into this spring’s South By Southwest Film Festival. (It’s out on VOD this month.)
When Fosheim made his movie about a young movie star whose weekend with friends goes terribly awry, he turned many of the iPhone 5′s bugs into features, using the gritty images it shot to create the look he wanted. He estimates the iPhone 6′s images would be too clean to do the same, but sees its features as a new toolkit for those looking to experiment. “Now, every new model of the iPhone that comes out, it’s getting rid of those imperfections,” he says. “It’s adding video stabilization, it’s increasing resolution, it’s making it less grain-y, and hopefully with the new sensor it’s increasing the dynamic range. But you don’t need to go through elaborate training to use this thing, it’s literally just that you can take it out of your pocket and start filming and you can come up with something amazing.”
Read full article on Wired.com “The iPhone 6′s New Camera Could Forever Change Filmmaking”
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