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1 Thing You Have Over An Academy Award Winning Director

Your phone.

In 2011, one movie went down in cinema history.

Park Chan-wook, Oldboy director, made one of the most celebrated fight sequences ever. But that’s not what happened in 2011.

Instead, the world’s first commercial movie was shot on an iPhone.

And it changed everything…

If you own an iPhone today (or can borrow one from a friend that does), you have a better camera lens, app ecosystem, mic, battery, and computer chip than many filmmakers before you.

Here are 3 films and makers who shot on an iPhone older than yours:

Unsane, directed by Steven Soderbergh

Academy Award winning director, Steven Soderbergh, used an iPhone 7 to film the psychological thriller “Unsane,” and this decision allowed him to edit the movie while filming, breaking down barriers on set and creating a fun, guerrilla-style film experiment with his cast.

Tangerine, directed by Sean Baker

Sundance break-out film and Spirit Awards Best Feature, Tangerine, was shot entirely on the iPhone 5s using anamorphic adapters and the FiLMiC Pro app, providing maximum mobility and a unique look, while avoiding the constantly changing exposure typical of shooting on a phone.

Paramanjang, directed by Park Chan-wook

South Korean film director Park Chan-wook shot a 33-minute film called “Night Fishing” (Paramanjang) using iPhone 4 cameras, which opened doors for artists on tight budgets and demonstrated the iPhone’s potential as a movie camera for the very first time.


Filmmaking has never been about the equipment. But it’s one main reason most people don’t start.

Now that you know you’ve already got access to better equipment than these acclaimed directors, I hope you’ll get started.

Matt Cici

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