May 30, 2015
This week we’re seeing what it takes to turn any camera into a filmmaking machine. We’ve all heard it. Just use the camera you have in your pocket. Technology is good enough that any camera you can find will be good enough to captivate an audience. So in an effort to rejuvenate this ever-repeated message, I thought I’d see what I can do with a smart phone.
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The two pictures below somewhat explain how I got the ‘tripod’ shots in this video… Spoiler alert, it was a no tripod – a flimsy light stand instead. Whatever works. The phone is charging, and sitting in my Dad’s GPS cradle. This is then wedged inside a Kupo Conviclamp, and then on a Swivel Head on a light stand. Would totally invest in a cheap tripod adapter if doing phone filming on a regular basis, but this is fun if finicky.
My editing timeline was fairly tame this week – hardly any titles, almost entirely in-camera. You can see a couple of green sound effects I added, along with the many layers for the colour grading before and afters. Click to enlarge!
I clearly remember watching this before I had learned about lighting, as was just obsessed with cameras and lenses. Noticing firstly the decent image they got out of a phone, but also the control they had over the light – letting the background fall into darkness which works well for their scene. And yet I still was reluctant to invest in something other than lenses. Now watching it I’m appreciating Josh’s performance, and the editing / music in the sketch. If you’re interested in how I graded the images from the phone, I have to say it was suprisingly similar to grading DSLR footage. So this video covers how I usually do it:
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.