With all the iPhone 11 Pro cinematography talk, I thought I’d discuss a short I made on an iPhone 4 in 2011.
My first smartphone was an iPhone 4 and I still think of it as one of the most seductive pieces of technology that I’ve ever owned. I’d graduated from film school not too long before getting it, and figured what the hell? Maybe I’ll shoot a lil’ something on it just to see what the deal is. Wound up being a 3min horror short based off some old creepy-pasta. Here it is!
[Close Enough – Vimeo Link](https://vimeo.com/91666969)
I’ll try and go over some of the more notable aspects of the film:
* Not only did I shoot the short on an iPhone, but the photos in the short were actually shot with the phone too! I think I made them with Hipstagram, which I honestly haven’t thought of in *years*. To make them, I had them printed off on 4×5 photo paper, which I cut the top border off of, and then I baked them in the oven after soaking them in extremely steeped green tea. Turned out weathered and bubbly, just like I wanted.
* Back then your only option for iPhone 4 video was 720p30, but Filmic Pro had just been released and it supported 24p! What a difference! I don’t think it had the same granular control we’re used to now, but back then being able to dial in another framerate was huge for me. Exposure was all over the place, as you can tell, but it was still the early days and things are a lot easier now. I’m more than a little proud to say that I actually sent the Filmic Pro devs this short so that I could get in the beta test program, and even prouder to know that some of my suggestions made it in to the app over the years.
* I cut the film in an old version of iMovie for iOS, but the rest of the work was done in GarageBand and the first revision of Final Cut Pro X. The film grain effects are from the Cinegrain packs and I still have a soft spot for those overlays.
I do still shoot my own shorts every now and then, and have continued messing around with iPhone filmmaking by making vlogs while I’m travelling for work. Between now and 2011 the tools have gotten so much better, which is why I’m excited to try something when my 11 Pro eventually arrives! If you actually read through all this, thanks for your time and I hope you get to have some fun with your 11 when it eventually shows up. 🙂