An iPhone 5s was used to shoot the best movie of Sundance Film Festival

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An iPhone 5s was used to shoot the best movie of Sundance Film Festival

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News / Mobile phones An iPhone 5s was used to shoot the best movie of Sundance Film Festival

Tangerine — a hit movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. The decision was taken by the indie writer and director of the movie, Sean Baker, who took this decision not only due to budget constraints but also because of how easy it was to shoot in public using an iPhone 5s. 

The team did use some accessories and apps on their three iPhone 5s, which ultimately made the whole thing possible. This includes an app called Filmic Pro that provides advanced control over camera options like focus and aperture. They also used a Steadicam to stabilize the phones, otherwise the whole footage would have looked shaky.

The key ingredient, however, were a set of anamorphic adapter lenses from Moondog Labs. The director of the movie, Sean Baker said that he “wouldn’t have even made the movie without it.” Baker further adds that the lenses “truly elevated” the footage shot from the iPhone 5s “to a cinematic level.”

Not everyone in the crew was excited about using iPhone 5s to shoot the whole movie though, including lead actor James Ransone who plays Chester in the movie. The actor was hesitant about using the iPhone 5s first, but started to appreciate the flexibility offered by them down the line.

“I’m like, Jesus Christ, man, I was on The Wire. I’ve ended up in iPhone movies!” But Ransone came to appreciate the flexibility of the device. “There’s a lot that can be done with an iPhone.”

Tangerine is a low budget movie about a transgendered hooker in Los Angeles who tears down the city to find her pimp boyfriend on Christmas Eve after knowing that he cheated on her with a “fish.”

[Via The Verge]

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