Monday, January 29, 2018



A few years ago I started this blog as a sister blog to my digital film making blog. I thought at the time that there was a possibility that the smartphone would become a part of the film makers tool kit. Well four years later I am ready to offer an updated view of the situation. I believe that the iphone will become the primary tool of the micro budget film maker. Perhaps not in America, but in countries where DSLR cameras are priced out of reach of the average filmmaker. Every single iPhone from the 4s through the X are capable of shooting quality footage. If you are thinking seriously about shooting a feature film then I would strongly recommend the 4K abilities of the iPhone 8 or X. This recommendation if for those who have actual movie theater dreams. That is how good the cameras on these phone's are. If you want to shoot a feature film for direct to VOD or one of the online streaming services then you can start with the 5C.
Time to get back to the very basics before we finish up with a film shot by one of Hollywood's more inventive directors.

This is a brief walk through of what you will need to think about as a iphone filmmaker.

This is a long short film shot with the iphone 6.

I believe that this film was shot using an iPhone 7. It was shot by Zack Snyder, the director of The 300.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017



There would come a day when an app that suited the smart phone film maker perfectly would come along. The Mavis app may not be perfect, but it is close enough for what we are going to use it for. Let’s begin with the fact that this app is not cheap. You are going to be spending at least 16 dollars, but hey you are making a movie. A professional film. If you are looking to produce something that will be seen by others, not only online, but in a movie theater someday then you are going to spend money somewhere and we are saving money by using our iphone rather than buying a costly DSLR camera.
Today we are going to look at a comparison between the three major apps used by smartphone film makers and this look will conclude with the Mavis app.

I found this short film shoot with the app.

This is a brand new year. We are entering an age of film making that I had doubts about when I started this blog over three years ago. I doubt if a Star Wars episode will ever be shot using a smart phone, but films like La La Land and Split are becoming a possibility. The future of iphone film making is in your hands. You will determine the shape of that future. To help you guys along the path I am going to share with you, during the next few post, quick tutorials about film making. There is a great deal more that goes into film making than just recording images and editing them together. You will have to learn how to how stories are told visually.

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Monday, January 23, 2017


THE IPHONE FEATURE PODCAST About a year ago Tangerine, a feature shoot entirely using an iphone, hit theaters. During the next few years dozens of films will follow in its footsteps. With each iphone the cameras and the apps that go with them improves. At this moment you could shoot a feature length film that is equal in visual quality to the first generation of digital feature films. Today we are going to take a quick look at the this iphone feature along with a podcast interview and live interview with the film maker. If you have shoot a short or feature film using a smartphone I would love to hear from you and perhaps do an interview or at least feature your project in a future post. When I started this blog over three years ago many suggested that the iphone would be a passing fad where film makers were concerned, but since then it has become an important part of the micro budget film makers tool kit and in third world countries it is has become the primary tool.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017



Some of the footage coming from iphone film film makers using the iphone 7 is nothing short of amazing. Here is some 4k iphone 7 footage. Now some 4k footage without color grading.   

 This blog has been a great deal of fun to work on. I wish that I could keep up with all of the advancements in iphone film making, but things seem to change every other week. Soon the idea of feature films being shot with just a smart phone will seem like the most natural thing on earth.

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Friday, June 17, 2016



 The popularity of the iphone as a film making tool has grown well beyond my wildest dreams when I began this blog a few years ago. Not only is it being used in the US, but because of the low priceof the iphone 4s it has become the primary film making camera of low budget film makers the world over. The reasons for this are obvious. 

The iphone in its many different types from the 4s on through the 7 and soon beyond that all have amazing built in cameras. These cameras rival the abilities of most of the high end Dslr cameras. 

The iphone can record in 24p thanks to apps like filmic pro. 

The iphone can record quality native sound and with add ons like the Zoom or external mics it can record motion picture quality sound. 

The iphone can be used, thanks to a few apps, as an editing station. You can record and edit your film inside your smart phone. Welcome to the world of iphone film making. Let’s look at some of the new devices that we can use with our iphone. 

First up is a smartmixer (audio mixer) for your iphone. This is a great little device that I hope to own one day. 


Saramonic Smartmixer Audio Mic for iphone and Android from Smartphone Film Pro on Vimeo.

Next up is the Helium Core, this is going to become the go to all purpose support system for the iphone film maker. I am going to offer you two video demos of this product.

Behind the Scenes shoot with the Helium Core from Helium on Vimeo.

Second video.

Helium Core in action - for more information from Helium on Vimeo.

Vimble. Yes I said Vimble. This is an awesome camera stablizer.

The Best iPhone Stabilizer from Ria Chen on Vimeo.

Thank you for visiting my blog, now please take a moment to share this post with everyone. Sharing encourages me to post more often and helps to make those out there with iphone footage aware of the fact that this blog exist. 

And for those of you who use Pinterest please take a moment to pin the cover of my new ebook. The book is about the true story behind the haunting portraited in the film The Conjuring 2. Book cover and line to itunes below. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Iphone 6 Feature Film Crowdfunding Campaign

You have a few days to add your voice, via social media, and or your money by donating to this crowdfunding campaign. Scratch is a horror comedy being shot entirely with the Iphone 6. For a while the camera provided by the iPhone starting with the 4s has been every bit as good as those of its Dslr rivals. Today I would like to introduce you to the this Indiegogo campaign. the Plot is:

Set in Los Angeles's abandoned Old Zoo, SCRATCH tells the story of two would-be filmmakers who decide to shoot a music video for a local nu metal band on an iPhone in LA's Old Zoo. It's meta-theater. And you, as the audience, will be inside the phones that are strapped to the foreheads of the protagonists while they're shooting.


I understand that this film was shot over 8 days for a budget of about ten thousand dollars. This project looks so interesting that I hope to follow this post up with an interview with the film maker.

Good luck with your film making projects and remember to bookmark this site and to share this post on your google plus.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Iphone Feature Film Tangerine

The Iphone Feature Film Tangerine

  The day of the iphone film and the iphone filmmaker has arrived. Thanks to the quality of the footage that the camera can record and the lower and lower price of the iphone 4s most beginning film makers can get a world class footage recording device for under one hundred dollars. I know that many of you already have an iphone in your pocket and are only now considering using this device to record your first film.

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 Here a interview done with the film maker behind this iphone film that got a major theatrical release this past summer.


 The film maker mentions sound recording and I would like you to remember that you can use a second iphone to record sound. there are some excellent apps and mics that can be attached to the iphone. This is a new age for film making and the sky is truly the limit where this device is concerned.


 Good luck with your iphone film making and remember to share this post via facebook or google plus and to bookmark this site.

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