How To Use Your iPhone To Produce A Short Film

I’ve been shooting short films for two years now and the majority of them, I shoot on my iPhone 6s plus. I didn’t think it was possible for me to shoot as well on my phone compared to a DSLR camera, but I was wrong.

Here are some steps to shooting with your iPhone:

1. Have an idea

You can’t really make a film without having a vision for it. You need to know what it will be about, what the theme is, who are your characters, etc.

2. Make a “Shot List”

Make a shot list of how you want your video to be shot. Your phone is a handheld, so you can move it however you please, but make sure you have a steady hand because that will show in the post-production.

3. Get actors and a crew

I shoot most of my films with just myself behind the camera and usually one actor/actress. If you film only has one character, it gives you the chance to be one on one with the person you are directing. If you have more than one actor, then you are going to need a crew. Having a crew will allow you to direct and have someone else be the director of photography, sound equipment, etc.

4. Choose your locations

You should go location scouting with your phone. You usually have locations in mind when you are writing the idea and script for the film. So, go to the places and take some videos of how your film will look at those locations so you can get an idea of what it will look like.

5. Shooting day!

The day has finally come to shoot, even if are by yourself or with a team of people. You need to make sure your phone is in camera mode. You need to make sure your frames and sound are good. If you have to, bring microphones to put on the actor, just in case the camera sound isn’t great in post-production.

6. Editing

I usually edit in Adobe Premiere Pro, but you can also edit on iMovie. There are also editing apps where you can edit on your iPhone. The best one is Filmicpro which costs $10, but you don’t have to worry about paying month to month. It’s definitely a good investment.

You don’t need a fancy DSLR camera to make films anymore. There are no more excuses for why you can’t make your story come to life. If you’re willing to do it, then do it.

Author: Markela Parker, Undergraduate Consultant 

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