It’s already happening on a small scale, but mobile videography just got a huge nod from Pixar co-founder John Lasseter. Speaking on a panel for ‘The New Audience: Moviegoing in a Connected World’ to an audience at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Lasseter said smartphone videography and GoPros are the future of film making. Some films, like the independent ‘Romance in NYC’, have been filmed entirely on iPhone, and released into major film festivals; it’s likely just the start, too.
‘Romance’, like an earlier film ‘Dancers of New York’, was filmed entirely on iPhone, which filmmaker Tristan Pope said afforded him a freedom dedicated rigs just don’t. “Sure I own many prosumer cameras, but I always felt they were just too big and invasive for this particular film idea [Romance in NYC]. To achieve the right intimate, candid feel, I felt I had finally found my medium, the iPhone 6.”
Speaking to his audience, Lasseter backed up Pope’s claims, even if he wasn’t aware he was doing so. “People will tell you, ‘That’s not going to work,’ but yeah, that’s going to work,” Lasseter said of smartphone and GoPro videography in major motion pictures. “But the reason they say that is because it’s not what they are used to.”
As camera hardware gets better and good editing software finds a home on the smaller screen, expect more of this, even in small doses. While the Directors of major motion pictures today may not subscribe to this thinking, they may dabble with it for their films soon enough.
This is a great news for mobile filmmakers. I have attended quite the set of festivals now for Romance in NYC and even had people who run the events question my choice of a mobile phone, “but why not just use a ‘real camera'”. And it becomes the age old debate of Mac vs PC/Car vs Car/Android vs iOS, a never-ending slew of reasons being tossed at one another, no one actually listening to the other, because in the end, the best medium is the one you can use to make a beautiful story and the one that works for you. But that is easier said than accepted. Being able to see that a story in a story be it 1080p or 4k I believe the lines between mobile filmmaking and shooting on a red are soon to become blurred, especially with mobile phones catching up in terms of quality if not surpassing them in some situations, especially when a very affordable and creative outlet is needed.
Dancers of NYC just WON first place at the fourth annual International Mobil Film Festival! Awesome work everyone involved!
“Romance in NYC” has been selected as an Official Selection to be part of a “Special Presentation” screening at the International Mobil Film Festival, San Diego. We are extremely honored to be a part of this festival not only via “Dancers of NYC”, but to be able to share” Romance in NYC” as a special presentation, hosted by Susan Botello the Festival Creator.
We truly believe in the growing Era of Mobile Filmmaking and are proud to be a part of this festival that encourages people to get out there and tell their stories utilizing tablets, phones, or any mobile device, seriously, anything with the word “cell” in it!
Dancers in NYC has earned a WIN at the Mobile Motion Film Festival Zurich! You should all be really proud, I personally am very excited about this because I spent a bunch of my childhood in Zurich and just love it there, so it has a close place to my heart.
Congratulations on your Nomination & welcome to the Madrid IFF 2015!
We are pleased to inform you that your film has been accepted into this year’s Madrid International Film Festival. The Festival takes please in the City of Madrid, opening on the 2nd of July 2015, with the International Red Carpet Awards Ceremony on the 11th of July.
Congratulations again to everyone involved and everyone who helped support us!
I get asked this question a lot when it comes to Romance in NYC our Short Film shot entirely on the iPhone 6 is, “When can we see it?” So I figured I would explain how the festival circuit works in a bit more detail for those who may not be aware.
The allure of the Laurels is real!
To have these on your films poster is not only a badge of pride, it shows you made it through hundreds of other films to be selected to be screened at a venue that has a limited space. It shows your work is being acknowledged and enjoyed. It is the equivalent of a gallery showing for a photographer. You are taking up limited time slots in a festivals very tight schedule.
Submitting to a film festival feels a lot like college applications but when you get denied from one it is much more of a moral hit due to the content being your creation, your baby, your “artistic vision”. Which also makes a win so much more rewarding.
When you decide to submit to film festivals with any film you basically become a very good reader of fine print and expert secretary and this is why:
Each film festival has its own rules for submission.
- Some festivals only accept World Premiere’s, meaning it has never been shown anywhere else or at any other festival. This means, if you wish to submit to this festival, you have to arrange the other festivals around it in a way that if you do get accepted to one it won’t show or premiere prior to the World Premiere one.
- Format for showing
- Length (in our case we fell into short, which can be defined as under 60 minutes, under 30, under 5 etc. It is pretty different per festival)
- EVERY festival has ONE major rule: The film cannot be viewable online to be considered as a selection for the festival.
- Some festivals have festival winner categories and some are just there to help screen your work and give it great exposure. You can be selected for screening at some festivals but not selected as a winner. Either way being selected in an honor because of the amount of submission each festival gets ever year.
This applies to every type of traditional festival, but because Romance in NYC was filmed using a mobile device this opened up other avenues for us as well. We decided to make our first round of submissions through tradition festivals even thought we used a mobile device to film it. We used the mobile device for many creative reasons, but the story is the ultimate selling point for any film and we felt the story came across well enough to run the traditional circuit so to say. But because we used a new medium as well we didn’t want to limit ourselves:
Online film festivals are growing exponentially, especially since we created a film on a mobile device, there were many other options open to us. Mobile Film is a very new medium still, but the opportunities it creates for emerging filmmakers to be seen in an otherwise hard to break into field is amazing. Many very prominent film makers and judges are joining the ranks of mobile film festivals around the world. The exposure this can create for your hard work is enormous and should not be overlooked! Just because it isn’t Sundance, doesn’t mean it isn’t extremely beneficial and prestigious to submit to anymore.
However, many online mobile festivals require a copy of the film to be posted to their website if it is selected. That would disqualify you from all of the above festivals you worked so hard to strategically pick and schedule, with the hope you are selected. Not to mention negate an entry fees, that adds up quickly, if you choose multiple festivals to submit to.
What we were able to do in our situation was to reach out to the festivals management we were interested in and ask them if we could send them a private screener of the entire short film and if selected have the trailer posted online instead of the full film to allow us to finish our festival circuit before a full online release to the public. Many mobile festivals are accommodating of this since they too understand the process of submissions and the varying rules and guidelines. Check with your festivals before hand. Off the top of my head the ones that were extremely helpful in this regard were the Mobil Film Festival San Diego, Cinephone, The Original iPhone Film Festival, and iPhoneFF.com.
It is very important to make sure your festival submissions do not conflict with one another. So keep a good calendar of submission dates, selection dates, and screening dates.
You should not just submit to every festival out there, I mean you can if you want, but it is better to get their history, length they have been running(which is a great factor in seeing if it is an established organization), and see if your films subject matter and story align with previous festival winners/selections. This will help you to create a very targeted approach to submissions in what can be a very overwhelming pool of festivals.
I hired Joanna Cabello to help with this process. She does this for a living and is very familiar with festivals and can help to create PressKits, contacting festival organizers on your behalf, and make it so you are not just submitting blindly. We have worked on many films together so I trusted her without hesitance. I highly suggest her services!
So now you have submitted to festivals, now what?
Well this is the tell tale of hurry up and wait. You cannot influence the judges opinions of your piece obviously, but what you can do is continue your marketting campaign to build buzz around your film, even if it hasn’t been released yet. For us Romance in NYC has been getting a lot of media attention lately from our trailer and behind the scenes footage we timed with the upcoming festival circuit we chose:
This is extremely important to a successful circuit run, keeping the hype alive. As well you are building a following of people who, if you are selected for a festival, will want to show up to see and support your hard work and film at the screenings. You don’t want your film to just sit in the ether and die. We started our film via Kickstarter which was a great way to engage and build a community, this still applied after it is over and your film has been finished and submitted.
You can release teasers, behind the scenes, and promotional material as long as you don’t show the entire film.
So this is a general breakdown of the process when it comes to film festivals and ultimately the answer to “When can we see it?” is, if you are lucky enough to make it into one of the festivals you submitted to, the festivals themselves!
We just got accepted as an Official Selection for New Filmmakers of New York 2015:
This means you can now tell your engaged audience and followers the venue, when it will screen, and invite them all to come and have a first look at the film in all its glory.
New Filmmakers New York
Wednesday, April 15 – Courthouse Theater @ Anthology
6:00 PM Short Film Program
Chantal Massuh-Fox GIRLS CLUB (2014, 4 minutes, video)
Lauren Muller AURA (2015, 10 minutes, video)
David Steven Simon DANTE AND BEATRICE: A FAMILY FILM (2014, 20 minutes, video)
Joseph Minion AIRPORT 2012 (2014, 22 minutes, video)
Tristan Pope ROMANCE IN NYC (2014, 18 minutes, video)
So we hope to continue sharing this film through festival selections until we are done with the circuit and make it available for everyone via online or DVD distribution. With a short such as ours I suggest online and DVDs being a special perk for those who want a physical copy.
Hopefully this clears up some of the questions and look forward to see you all at the screenings!
“Snowday” was inspired by a yearning to prove that you didn’t need a specific DSLR with the perfect 50mm lens @ 1.4 F stop to make a compelling piece. To combine motion, strength, glamour, and fashion into one piece is my goal with photography and film. So I wanted to create something that smells and tasted like a fashion film but ended up surprising you.
The keyword to describe this piece to me would be endurance. This is why I wanted to do it in the snow. To show that no matter what the situation the passion was there.
For me, the juxtaposition of the absolutely magical beauty of a ballerina’s form and technique with style and fashion and trends produces a beautiful result that caters to a broader and potentially deeper audience.
This is the result. The music came as a surprise to me and a lot of the “feelings” were motivated by the environment and events. The tone of the musical piece and words almost added an uneasy feel to it, which I enjoyed very much.
Tip for shooting in the snow with an iPhone: bring a battery backup and hand warmer not for you but the phone. Rubber band it to the back. We lost power and battery 3 times due to a cold battery.
Old school meets new: We used the Olloclip lenses in a way that mimicked the old school method of spreading Vaseline around the edges of a lens. We didn’t attach it completely over the lens so the edges would grab condensation from the cold weather giving the lens that tilt-shift blur around the edges.
Dancer: Brittney Cavaco (who was an absolute beast in this weather)
Assistant: Rita Wade
Location: Highline NYC
Music: Lana Del Ray “Young and Beautiful”
This has been quite the week for Romance in NYC, our short film shot ENTIRELY on the iPhone 6. We had been tracking all the wonderful articles in the behind the scenes post, but we just got news of all the ways it made it’s way around the world! So here is as much of the international coverage we could collect for the world to enjoy love via Romance in NYC!
National TV Fuji Networks:
Watch out Hollywood, now people are making movies shot with an iPhone 6
“Romance in NYC”: do much with little on Valentine’s Day
“Romance in NYC”: a short-film filmes on iPhone 6
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a short film made with iPhone
Filmmaker produces short film with his smartphone
I don’t actually have any to name off the top of my head. I may be ingrained in the industry but I have always created because it was motivated by a feeling, idea, or mood. Sure I may watch things like Band of Brothers for inspiration, but I try not to idolize nor watch too much to replicate because I want to develop my own feel. Sometimes I end up creating something that mirrors something someone has already done, to me that is OK because we all get inspiration from one another but I don’t go out of my way to study someone else’s techniques. I am a trial by error kinda person.
One day of a couple’s life: how to shoot a video
Gift idea: mini movie on iPhone as a gift or the most original “Valentine”
Romance New York – movie-Valentine shot on iPhone 6
Love in New York or when your Valentine is worth an Oscar
They talked about trying the iPhone 6 out and what the concept of the movie is about etc. in a very positive and creative way.
“A story is a story whether you view it at 1080p or 4K.” – Tristan Pope
I have had a lot of inquiries about the equipment used in Romance in NYC after releasing this behind the scenes video:
Here is a complete list!
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What we found when shooting this film was that the process of making the film was almost as exciting as the film itself. We wanted to share that with you.
So please enjoy an Exclusive Behind the Scenes look into the process of shooting an intimate and candid story about everyday love, shot entirely on the iPhone 6 to capture even the tiniest nuances of
“Romance in NYC”
In 2015, it’s no longer uncommon for filmmakers to use smartphones instead of film cameras. Still, only over the past few years has the quality of the cameras, lenses and app software become so impressive that phones can be used to capture DSLR-quality cinematic moments.
If you still needed convincing that smartphone cameras are more than capable of professional results, “Romance in NYC” may do the trick. Shot not only entirely from the a single character’s point of view, but using nothing more than an iPhone 6 and a selection of apps and accessories, the 15 minute short was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in late 2014 and is now making the rounds of the festival circuit. I caught up with director Tristan Pope to find out what made him put down his pro-camera kit for a smartphone, how the iPhone 6 delivered in unexpected ways, and why he ended up wearing a GorillaPod like a Hannibal Lecter mask.
This Emmy Award-winning director and photographer shot his latest film, “Romance in NYC” on an iPhone 6. In this guest post, he explains why and how he did it.
I love my iPhone 6+, and have been shooting, editing, and publishing lots of glorious video with it, on the road.
I really enjoyed seeing Tristan Pope‘s behind-the-scenes exploration of how “Romance in NYC” came to be. “The iPhone has limitations,” he says “but the limitations themselves spur creativity.” Couldn’t agree more.
Romance in New York, by filmmaker Tristan Pope, takes the point of view of a boyfriend waking up to spend the day with the love of his life. Pope wanted to show the intimacy that comes from everyday moments, and the subtleties and nuances that exist in every expression and every action, even the ones that might seem small. What’s more — he shot the entire 15-minute film on theiPhone 6.
Romance in New York will be showcased at film festivals around the word. Check out the trailer, above, and the behind-the-scenes video below. Maybe, like me, it’ll inspire you to stretch the limits of your own iPhone videos.
TRISTAN POPE CAPTURES BIG APPLE ROMANCE ON THE iPHONE 6
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a New York City photographer and director is delivering a short film on capturing love in the Big Apple with nothing but an iPhone 6.
Well, what a coincidence, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! This behind-the-scenes making-of movie of Tristan Pope’s new 15 minute short film, ‘Romance In New York’, was posted online literally a few hours before I sat down at my desk, bleary-eyed, to write my previous post..
Watch the Official Trailer Here:
Follow the entire story from conception to kickstarter here: kickstarter.com/projects/165580313/romance-in-nyc-shot-entirely-on-the-iphone
I have been given a wonderful opportunity to be a Guest Speaker at the TIFF Next Wave.
“Join Emmy-Award winning photographer and director Tristan Pope as he shares tips for capturing intimate moments and creating professional-looking films on your iPhone or mobile device. Tristan will discuss how he shot two pieces—”Dancers of NYC” and “Romance in NYC“—completely on iPhone 6. He’ll also talk about what makes him passionate about his work and share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of his latest film, while sharing tips and tricks to creating beautiful moments via film on a limited budget.”
When I started creating films with the iPhone my intent was to show how anyone with a camera phone these days can capture the most intimate moments beautifully! This was the mission statement for my Kickstarter for Romance in NYC.
I look forward to sharing tips and tricks as well as speaking with these up and coming film makers about the process, industry, and hear their thoughts on the mobile sphere as they are tied into the heartbeat of this new revolution of how film and productions can be achieved!
Remember to tag @tristanpope if you take any photos during the presentation! 🙂