Still Waiting For All The Bits To Join Up, But At Least The First 4K Short Documentary Shot On iPhone 6S Is Here

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A short documentary about a Haitian slum dweller working to brighten up his community, and help provide a brighter future for all residents of his hometown, titled ‘The Painter of Jalouzi’, was made by online media producer RYOT with Apple iPhone 6S smartphones and a whole lot of moviemaking technology bolted on to them.

It is a great little movie and an inspiring one, and it looks terrific in 4K resolution on my Apple iMac with Retina 5K display. It looks good on my aging non-Retina Mac Book Pro too, though that poor, hardworking little machine would bust its heart to play ‘The Painter of Jalouzi’ at 4K so instead I watched it in 1080p.

If I had one of the 4K television sets that are apparently proving so popular at our local home entertainment stores then it doubtless would look excellent on that as well. A 4K TV set features on our wishlist, but we’re not anywhere near as well-heeled as most other residents of these ‘burbs.

We’ll wait for a while, download 4K movies like this one from YouTube with my favourite movie downloader app, iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe, watch them on our 5K iMac editing workstation and crunch them down to 1080p for repeat viewing on our HD TV sets around the house.

Watching movies shot in 4K at 4K may be around the corner but it will take its time getting here. In Australia at least. Like most cutting edge technologies, all the pieces haven’t been joined up yet.

Traditional broadcasters haven’t cracked 1080p broadcasting and are still stuck at 720p.

Our way too traditional National Broadband Network – once the envy of the world and Steve Wozniak in particular – has slipped down the global speed and capacity charts yet again.

Traditional homeowners in these parts still don’t seem to get the difference between 1080p, 720p and SD regardless of what gigantic TV set now graces their entertainment rooms or in some cases, multi-seat home theatres complete with every automated high tech mod con you can imagine.

Their kids, on the other hand, get it and how. They’re more than well up on 4K and, if Android fans, have had a 4K-capable smartphone for a while now. If iPhone aficionados, then they might have been cocooned in sleeping bags in the long line of pup tents I passed last time I was in the city walking past the Apple Store.

Walk into any café around here and everyone is staring into a current generation MacBook Pro with Retina display, except for some old fogey in a rumpled suit still hunched over a Dell. And me, whose budget is already way too stretched with cameras, lenses, accessories, home studio production hardware and software.

The RYOT team who made ‘The Painter of Jalouzi’ did it with more than one Apple-supplied iPhone 6S and what looks like a van-load of drones, DSLR lenses, gimbals, stabilizers and who can imagine what else too. So far I haven’t found a gear list and the iPhone 6S Plus with its built-in optical image stabilization doesn’t seem to have figured in the making of the movie.

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Adding all that gear onto an iPhone 6S may not have been the wisest move given how few non-professionals have access to full production kits. I’d have liked to have seen this movie made without the third party hardware. After all, as the folks at StillMotion remind us in their MUSE storytelling educational program, the story is the thing.

But emotional engagement is crucial too, and razor-sharp, richly detailed visuals certainly help as I was reminded yet again when watching a lifestyle short shot in 4K and projected in 4K last week.

It’s too early to tell just what non-professional owners of iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus smartphones are going to do with the 4K movies they’ll be shooting on them.

But I suspect a few will work out how to play them back on those massive 4K TV sets being flogged off in every Westfield mall in the land. And maybe some will be inspired to tell stories worth sharing, like ‘The Painter of Jalouzi’. With or without all the extra hardware the RYOT guys had at their disposal.

Meanwhile I can’t help thinking that we could do with a few visionaries like the painter of Jalouzi around here, to add a bit of color and life to all these mud brown and grey MacMansions and glossy black giant European SUVs. [bctt tweet=”Waiting for it all to join up, though the first 4K short documentary shot on iPhone 6S is here.”]

The Painter of Jalouzi

Via PetaPixel:

RYOT co-founder David Darg tells PetaPixel that his team obtained the phones from Apple a few weeks ago. They then set out to tell the story of one citizen in Jalouzi, one of the largest slums in Haiti, who’s on a personal quest to bring a splash of color to life there by literally painting the entire town.

The Painter of Jalouzi

“Believing that color has the power to transform his community, he’s helping to paint everywhere – on houses, on buses, and the entire hillside,” the film’s description says. “Armed with brushes of bright blues, pastel pinks, and sunshine yellows, he’s helping to mobilize citizens of all ages, determined to turn the grey town into a rainbow full of color to lead the way to a brighter Haiti.”

Read full article at PetaPixel “This is the First 4K Film Shot with the New iPhone 6S”

Behind the Scenes First Documentary Filmed on New iPhone

(cover photo credit: snap from PetaPixel)

Karin Gottschalk

Karin is a documentary moviemaker, journalist, photographer and teacher who conceived and cofounded an influential, globally-read, Australian magazine of contemporary art, culture and photography. While based in Europe, contributing to the magazine and working in advertising, she visualised a future telling the same sorts of stories with a movie camera and audio recorder. Now back in her home base in Sydney, Karin is pursuing her goal of becoming an independent, one-person, backpack multimedia journalist and documentary moviemaker. Mentorless and un-filmschooled, she is constantly learning and sharpening up her skill set.
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