Filmmaking On Your Phone

By Patrick Chamberlain

So it’s possible to shoot films on your cellular phones nowadays. It is truly a game changer for anyone with access to a smart phone. This new technology allows for anyone to take part in the art of filmmaking.

Even well established filmmakers want to experiment with the capabilities such as Park Chan Wook director of the hugely successful Old Boy (2003) who is currently making a short 30-minute film on one. The feature film Olive (2011, Patrick Gilles, Hooman Khalili) was shot entirely on the Nokia N8 smart phone. Some film students have even made their own web series Goldilocks shot on the iPhone, which is also distributed through the Apple App store. This shows that using an iPhone to shoot can even get you get you a profit.

So if you haven’t got access to a camcorder or a DSLR there are no longer any excuses for not making a film as I’m sure you know someone with a smart phone.

Here are some helpful items that you might want to take a look at if you are to fully maximize the capabilities of your iPhone and bring some production value to your film. And at the bottom of the page there will be some example of videos that people have made using the iPhone and also some great tutorials.


Here's one of our videos from Canada filmed with the iPhone and using iPhone lenses. .

iPhone Rig

Here's a great video tutorial showing how you can stabalise your video footage from your iPhone and giving it that proffessional look.


i Phone Dolly

Great for getting some production values into your film adding nice steady movement.

Heres a great music video shot on the iPhone that shows just how movement can make your video stand out from the rest.

COLOR WAR "Plate Tectonics" music video from COLOR WAR on Vimeo.

Time-lapse App

Here's a music video showing some great use of the timelapse app. Get the app here. Gillian Chase - iPhone 4s Music Video from Camp 4 Collective on Vimeo..


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About The Author

Patrick ChamberlainPatrick was born in Hong Kong in 1989. He lived there for ten years of his life before travelling around the world for a year. He eventually ended up on the shores of Brighton where he spent his teenage years growing up. Whilst in Brighton he discovered the independent and foreign film section in his local video box. This led Patrick to discover a whole new cinema that he had never seen before. He realised that you could tell stories in so many different ways. After becoming hugely affected by this different type of cinema Patrick started making short little films with his friends. He took film at 6th Form and went on to study Film & Moving Image Production at the Northern Film School in Leeds. He graduated in 2011 and became an intern at Raindance.

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