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SHOWCASE: “Parametric” Short Shot on iPhone 6 Plus

Here’s an interesting, visual-effects short film that was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 Plus using FiLMiC Pro. Directed by Amila C. Kumarasinghe, and shot by Dumindra Nathash piers, the film has a distinctive, harsh tone that really does a nice job of capitalizing on the iPhone’s digital sensor. The video I’ve embedded above is actually the 1 minute producer’s cut (which I prefer). The full length version is available here.  And, just for good measure, here’s some behind-the-scenes footage. App mentioned in this post:

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Inspiration

WEDNESDAY SHOWCASE: LeAnn Rimes music video shot on iPhone

Naturally, when music video director Ian Padgham was enlisted to shoot a memorable video for megastar LeAnn Rimes, he chose the very best video camera for the job – an iPhone. Wait. What? Yup! The new stop-motion music video for Gasoline and Matches was shot entirely on an iPhone 5S. Did Padgham use a top-notch camera app like FiLMiC Pro? Nope. He used Vine. Yes, THAT Vine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Padgham used a pair of iPhones to collect the 8,000 images required to complete the video. And according to The Loop, another iPhone was used to playback the song

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Inspiration

WEDNESDAY SHOWCASE: Philip Bloom shows off 120fps on iPhone 5S

When the iPhone 5S hit the streets, YouTube continued to be flooded with the same crappy videos as always… but now, many of them were in slow motion. Crotch hits in slow motion. Dog licks in slow motion. Water pouring in slow motion. Enough! In this week’s Showcase, Philip Bloom uses his iPhone 5S to capture Tallinn, Estonia in glorious 120fps.  It’s an excellent example of what happens when powerful equipment finds its way into the right hands.  Philip also wrote an extensive post about the shooting and color correcting the video. It’s a terrific read.

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Gear

O.P.N. for June 7th, 2013

Today’s Other People’s News is more of a catch-up session than anything else. I’ve been offline for a while (working and then revamping the site), so I’ve fallen behind on a few stories. You may already know about this stuff, but just in case… Mashable reported on the Pocket Tripod a new portable iPhone “tripod” on Kickstarter that folds down to the size of a credit card. While it’s more suited to watching content than shooting it, I imagine it coming in handy. CheezyCam featured a pair of YouTube reviews of the Rode SmartLav, a lavaliere microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone,

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Apps

Oscar nominated doc partially shot on iPhone!

Update: Searching for Sugar Man has WON the Oscar! Are you one of those people who still doubt an iPhone can be used to shoot a “real” production? Well then, perhaps this will change your mind… When filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money to continue shooting and processing film for his new documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, he turned to his iPhone and a $1.99 vintage video camera app called 8mm. Sure, that’s awesome, but you know what’s even more awesome? Searching for Sugar Man is now nominated for an Academy award!Rather than yammering on about it, I’ll simply point

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Inspiration

SHOWCASE: “Fools Parade” Music Video shot with iPhone 4s

Looking for a little iPhone inspiration?  Want to induce a visual migraine?  Here’s a little something that might satisfy both! Check out this very cool music video for Trumpeter Swan’s Fools Parade. It was directed, shot, and edited by Jeff Turboff.   First, he used his iPhone 4s to shoot the video. He then converted that into over 5,000 separate stills, all of which he post-processed with a neat little photo app called Phototropedelic. It’s always exciting to see what happens when filmmakers hijack apps that were never meant for video.  Enjoy!

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Inspiration

WEDNESDAY SHOWCASE: iPhone 4S vs Canon 5D Mk II by Robino Films

It’s time for the HHH Wednesday Showcase BONUS ROUND! Robino Films has posted a side by side comparison of the iPhone 4S and the Canon 5D Mark II.  The Canon is a long-time favorite of indie filmmakers, and is often cited as being the camera that started the whole DSLR revolution. Now, I’d NEVER suggest ditching your 5D, but it is pretty damn impressive how well the iPhone 4S compares (under ideal circumstances). That said, if after watching this, you still feel compelled to toss your 5D, please let me know where you plan on tossing it.  I’ll be right

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Inspiration

WEDNESDAY SHOWCASE: iPhone 4S footage by Benjamin Dowie

This week, I thought I’d share some fantastic footage shot by Benjamin Dowie on his new iPhone 4S. Sure, the 4S is barely out of its diapers, but clearly filmmakers are already beginning to discover its enormous potential. Benjamin makes excellent use of the new phone’s 1080p, auto stabilization, and portably. He even managed to make the iPhone’s mechanical auto-focus look somewhat artistic! Good stuff! Thanks to the gang at AppAdvice.com for pointing out Benjamin’s video!

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Inspiration

READER SHOWCASE: The Latter by Micah Moss

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! It’s time for another Reader Showcase!  Ok… actually, this is the first time we’re doing this, but it sounds like a good idea for a weekly thing, doesn’t it? So, consider this the first of a new weekly feature. A showcase, if you will.  A Wednesday Reader Showcase.  Now, where was I? Check out The Latter, created by Micah Moss (Writer/Director/Producer/Animator) and Aaron Sjogren (Cinematographer/Editor/Soundtrack). Micah shot this entire cool, moody short on his iPad 2.  He also utilized a bunch of iOS apps including SteadyLens, Movie Looks HD, GarageBand, and iMotion HD.

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Apps

PROfile: Eric Haase turns two iPads into the ultimate interview accessory.

I’ve seen iPads used for storyboarding, iPads used as slates, but I’ve never seen this before… and it’s awesome! Eric Haase, an extremely talented Cinematographer, needed to capture some intimate interviews for a recent fund-raising project called Imagine 300. Since the project had no budget, he had to think outside of the box. I spoke with Eric to learn how he managed to turn a pair of iPads into a makeshift Interrotron! What’s an Interrotron, you ask? Read on, and prepare to want a second iPad. This is the fund-raising video we’ll be talking about: HHH: Start off by telling

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