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Renowned filmmaker Steven Soderbergh open to using only iPhones to shoot movies

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Apple turned the iPhone into one of the most used cameras out there, upgrading photo and video quality over the years, and introducing new features that allow the latest iPhones to compete against professional cameras out there.

Acclaimed director and Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh just finished his first iPhone-only movie, Unsane a psychological thriller set to debut in March, and said in an interview that he’s open to shooting movies only on iPhone.

One of the first films shots on the iPhone is Tangerine, a movie that received praising reviews at Sundance a few years ago. Then, iPhone 5s units were used for the project because of financial reasons.

For Soderbergh, meanwhile, who’s used to working on multi-million dollar projects, money isn’t exactly a problem.

“I think this is the future,” he said in an interview at Sundance, IndieWire reports. “Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit.”

A fan of high-end RED cameras, Soderbergh said he found the iPhone offered unparalleled quality. “People forget, this is a 4k capture. I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet. This is a gamechanger to me,” he said.

Asked if he’d commit exclusively to shooting on iPhones, the director said he’d “have to have a pretty good reason not to be thinking about that first.”

“There’s a philosophical obstacle a lot of people have about the size of the capture device,” he added. “I don’t have that problem. I look at this as potentially one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker, and that I continue having. The gets that I felt moment to moment were so significant that this is, to me, a new chapter.”

Here’s a trailer for Soderbergh’s Unsane:

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Director Steven Soderbergh calls shooting on Apple’s iPhone a ‘gamechanger,’ wants to use it for all future movies

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Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh shot his latest feature film, "Unsane," entirely on Apple’s iPhone. The outcome was so positive, he called it "one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker."
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Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane was filmed entirely on iPhones — and it looks terrifyingly fantastic

A big Hollywood director has decided to film his latest horror thriller on an iPhone, and it kind of looks awesome.

When you think of Hollywood and the silver screen, you probably think of the millions of dollars it takes to make a movie and how gosh darn expensive the equipment is going into filming.

Forget lighting and editing and actors and on-set talent: cameras alone with different lenses and attachments can cost over a million dollars, and renting them out for personal use can cost at least a couple grand a week.

Quite possibly the coolest A and B cameras in the world [are] nicknamed “Death Star” and “Millennium Falcon.” These two cameras were developed by Panavision specifically for director J.J. Abrams and cinematographer Dan Mindel, who used them to capture the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens… Camera: $ 120,000, while the lenses: $ 500,000 for full set (35, 40, 50, 60, 75, and 100mm) (Johnathon Paul, Premium Beat)

Now, director Steven Soderbergh, who has won an Academy Award for Best Director, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Director, has used his iPhone to shoot his latest horror-thriller, Unsane.

Unsane tells the story of a young woman who is relentlessly harassed and targeted by an aggressive stalker that texts her constantly and seems to never leave her alone. She eventually ends up trapped in a psych ward, and as the world around her denies her sanity, she can only try to figure out if this nightmare is all in her head or if the stalker is actually one of the doctors that have been treating her.

The trailer seems chilling, terrifying, and super, super disturbing (I love me a good psychological thriller!), but the biggest draw to Unsane wasn’t the content; it was how it was filmed.

Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit. (Steven Soderbergh, IndieWire)

Soderbergh went on to say that people often forget about the quality of the iPhone, noting that he had tried shooting with more expensive gear in the past, and that the iPhone might actually be something he would want to shoot with again and again.

People forget, this is a 4k capture. (Steven Soderbergh, IndieWire)

Will you be seeing Unsane?

In a world of expensive tech and even more expensive filmmaking, Unsane seems to be a bit of a shining light… but do you think the film is all it’s cracked up to be?

I’m personally excited for the movie, but I know that might not be the case for everyone, so what do you think?

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

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Apple’s New ‘Selfies on iPhone X’ Ad Campaign Features Brazilian Carnival and NHL All-Star Steven Stamkos

Apple last week shared a new video that showcases selfies taken with Portrait Lighting effects on the iPhone X, kickstarting the company’s new “Selfies on iPhone X” ad campaign across different forms of media.

Next up in the campaign is a video promoting the annual Carnival of Brazil, a weeklong celebration of music, dance, food, and drink, with particularly large festivals in cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The ad, accompanied by a webpage, highlights selfies taken with Portrait Lighting effects on the iPhone X.

Apple shared a similar Brazilian Carnival video last year amid a reported push into more regional marketing campaigns.

The campaign extends to billboards, which will likely appear in major cities across the world over the coming weeks. NHL all-star Steven Stamkos recently announced his participation in the campaign on Twitter, and shared a photo of him standing in front of his own Portrait Lighting selfie at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

The captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning is likely just one of several notable figures who will be featured in the campaign, which is similar to Apple’s larger “Shot on iPhone” series. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more ads, and if you spot one yourself, feel free to share it in the comments section.

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