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.
This weekend I was invited and sponsored to fly out to the HotDocs Film Festival of Toronto to teach mobile film making to upcoming film makers. It was extremely successful.
This was the first group of filmmakers. A wonderful group of talented people!
And this was the second group!
Such great energy at a truly unique and amazing festival.
“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!
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