Can you really make a “real” movie with an iPhone? They say you can, and I remember hearing about one, but it seems implausible.-Mignon Fogarty
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Absolutely, though it’s not something I’ve really jumped headlong into. I think it’s a great way to start out, to test — for The Long Dig, Tom and I used our iPhones to help visualize some blocking (in my garage, with the actors; it was a v high tech situation). The “real” movies you see on big screens that are “shot entirely on iPhones!!” are also shot entirely with fancy ass lenses, so it isn’t quite as cheap as you think it is.
Cameras and lenses do add up though, so it’s not a bad idea to tinker around with what you already have when you’re starting out. You can absolutely shoot YouTube series on iPhones now and you probably don’t need the extra gear. You probably DO want a steadying rig so you don’t have someone holding a phone for hours and sound is still a problem you’ll need to tackle, but visually you can do it.
Has anyone out there made a movie on an iPhone? Want to talk about your experience? Drop me a note!