Behind the scenes: Shooting a cinematic short film with the iPhone X
Photographer Ryan Earl and filmmaker Nick Arcivos of AmnesiArt recently created an extremely impressive cinematic short film. Impressive not only because the shots were gorgeous, well-planned, and well-executed... but also because the entire thing was shot on an iPhone X.
The film is called 'Made in Paris', and it's a cinematic portrait of Elise Lepinteur, protégée of world-famous pastry chef Christophe Adam.
It was shot and edited over the course of four days, but unlike Matteo Bertoli's recent 4K iPhone X short film, Nick didn't shy away from using a little bit of gear to help take the shots to the next level.
"We produced and edited this short piece in only 4 days with the help of Gitzo monopods, a DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal and a Zhiyun Smooth Q gimbal," he tells DPReview. "For the macro shots, we used iPro Lenses by Schneider Optics. The audio was recorded with a Rode Lavalier Mic, Rode NTG3 Shotgun and a Zoom H4N, and we also used a Marsace MT-01 table tripod and a cheap Andoer mini dolly."
For lighting, Nick tells us they used three LED lights: a Litepanels MicroPro, a Yongnuo YN300 Air Pro, and a Litepanels Astra 1x1. For the interview, they only used the MicroPro and the Astra 1x1.
Here are a few behind the scenes photos that Nick shared with us, showing how some of the shots in the film above were captured:
As for how the phone performed, Nick and Ryan were seriously impressed:
We were blown away by the quality of the OLED screen, its size is perfect for monitoring the shoot. Results are even better than last year iPhone 7, colors are more vibrant, and we found the dynamic range was improved.
Apple also finally provided the option of shooting 24 FPS in the Camera app. Before, we had to essentially rely on Filmic Pro, so this time we only used it for the fridge and flour (slo-mo) shots. It was the only way for us to monitor and start recording with the Filmic Remote app.
Does the final footage match what you could capture with a more serious video camera like the Panasonic GH5 or a cinema monster like the Arri Alexa? No, definitely not. But Nick and Ryan summed up our thoughts well when they said, "when we look at the results, even for us as pro filmmakers, it is hard to believe it was shot on a smartphone."
Check out the full video up top, scroll through some beautiful screen grabs below, and then visit the AmnesiArt website and YouTube Channel for even more filmmaking goodness to inspire you this Friday afternoon.
All photos by Ryan Earl and Nick Arcivos, and used with permission.
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