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iPhone Movies and Documentaries: Tips for Aspiring Filmmakers


iPhone movies and documentaries are getting better and better!

Desktop Documentaries is all about the idea that anyone with a camera and a computer can make a documentary.

There are just so many amazing filmmaking tools out right now, at such low amazing prices, that ALL excuses are taken away.


iPhone Movie

Take for example this very cool film below. Even though it’s not a documentary (it’s a short movie with actors), it’s still worth sharing just to illustrate what the most basic equipment can accomplish.

The short film was made by Anna Elizabeth and Michael Koerbel, graduate students at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. According to a blog post on tomcruise.com, this is the first mobile film series shot on an iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. Here’s the first episodes of the series, Goldilocks

Go Behind The Scenes of iPhone Movie:

To see how they made the film, here’s a sneak-peak look behind the scenes. 


What's That Cool Gadget They're Using?

The young filmmakers used a small contraption for their iPhone called an OWLE which basically provides a better lens and microphone for the iPhone.

OWLE

Bubo for iPhone 4


OWLE Bubo Demonstrations



Bubo for iPhone 4


Tips for Aspiring Filmmakers Shooting iPhone Movies and Documentaries

So you have a great idea for a documentary and no cash? No problem! Follow these few simple rules and you’ll be on your way to fulfilling your filmmaking dreams.

  • Start with an idea that’s simple and do-able in your own backyard. Find stories and locations that are close to your heart and close in location.

  • Find the best camera you can afford, whether that's an iPhone, Flip or any other smartphone video camera. In fact, there is now a film festival dedicated to films shot only with an iPhone!

  • If you’re not sure where to start or how the documentary will come together, go out and shoot just one interview. That will get the creative juices flowing!

  • If you don’t have any audio equipment, make sure you hold the camera close enough to your subject so that their voice can be heard.

  • Once you have an interview or two and some footage, try putting together a 1-3 minute “test trailer”. That will get you thinking about your story and what other footage you will need for the bigger story.

iPhone for Business Videos

Of course, the iPhone can be used for all kinds of video projects including videos for your business.  Learn the best tips and tricks on how to create awesome marketing videos from TV producer Jules Watkins in his iPhone Video Hero course. 


iPhone Video Accessories



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