As the pace of technology innovation continues at warp speed, any iPhone user can make his or her own movies.
Three years ago, a friend of mine who is a film maker/animator started a commercial film production shop. He took out a bank loan to start his business because he had to buy a Sony HDV camera and some other items in order to capitalize on the HD video market. He’s gone on to make a few commercial productions and a documentary — and he’s eking out a living. Today, I have an HD video camera on my iPhone 4 that in many respects can be as useful as his $15,000 camera. Never mind that I also have HD video capability on my Nikon SLR which I use less now than I once did because I have the same capacity in my pocket.
While the quality of the HD might not quite equal the output quality from my friend’s camera, it has got me thinking about the incredible rate at which technologies are changing and opening up the world to artists.
The threshold for producing quality content now rests in the talent and not the wallet of those who want to make stuff. The same thing applies to the production aspect of music-making as well with the rise of digital recording studios, music processors and crazy music machines.
If you think I’m just writing this because I love my iPhone 4, then think about this: award-winning South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook dropped using expensive cameras in favor of the iPhone 4 to film his latest movie, says Digital Trends. Night Fishing, a film about a fisherman’s encounter with a female shaman, was shot over 10 days with a crew of 80 people and with a budget of $133,000. Ten iPhone 4s were used — three of which were controlled by Park himself — in the filming.
Night Fishing is 30 minutes long!
So just to underscore my point, check out the following videos which were all made using the iPhone 4. All I can say is that’s just very cool.
Iphone 4 courtesty of Apple.
Rotary phone R.Lull