Oscar winning documentary partly shot on iPhone

February 28th, 2013
Oscar winning documentary partly shot on iPhone

You know the old mantra of artsy filmmakers, “it’s not about the camera”. Deep down you know it’s absolutely true. We all geek out about new cameras and the latest and greatest, but the truth is that a bad story doesn’t become a tad better because it’s shot beautifully. I wrote about this fact in a lengthy blog post called “It’s not about the gear” a while back.

If you didn’t believe this by now, hold on tight for this story: The documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” – winner of the Best Documentary Academy Award 2013, was partly shot on an iPhone.



According to CNN, director Malik Bendjelloul started to shoot the film on real 8mm film but then ran out of money – the then resorted to the app “8mm Vintage Camera” on the iPhone to complete it.

iTunes App Store link: 8mm Vintage Camera – Nexvio Inc.

The app is $1.99 in the App Store and allows you to create vintage looking 8mm style videos with your iPhone without much effort. You can chose between film stocks and some other details.

So before you find an excuse for not making that movie you always wanted to make because you don’t have the right gear, think again. The main thing holding you back might well be your mindset, but it’s certainly not to do with the camera equipment you “need” to make it finally happen.

Here’s the trailer for “Searching for Sugar Man”:

Searching for Sugar man – Trailer from Julian Antell on Vimeo.

I even reviewed the app a while back in this video review:

8mm Vintage Camera – iPhone App Review from Nino Leitner on Vimeo.

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Chad
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March 6th, 2013

Shot a spec spot using this app about a year ago. It is one hell of a product for the money. I recommend it for anyone looking to have some 8mm fun (or in this case shoot an Academy Award winning Documentary) on their iPhone.

Here is the spec spot using the 8mm app.
https://vimeo.com/35779383

Mr Cheney
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March 2nd, 2013

Oscar winning documentary partly shot on iPhone http://t.co/QvrxrQydmv via @zite

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March 1st, 2013

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Günther Gheeraert
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March 1st, 2013

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Augusto Alves da Silva
Augusto Alves da Silva
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March 1st, 2013

Hi…great news hearing that someone is taking smartphone filming seriously. I have been filming with iphone since it was released and I even shot commercials with it…It is all about the right tool for the right job and mastering the spps…I know many people filming amazing stuff with it being” The film artist” on vimeo one of my inspirations… :-)

Christopher Westerholm
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March 3rd, 2013
Reply to  Nino Leitner

I too have shot with smartphones. And my choice of phone is the Nokia 808 Pureview, which has a much, much larger sensor then the iPhone or any other smartphone to date. Great lowlight!

See my cinemastyle videos shot on it!
https://vimeo.com/58828420

And
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Roc2KElG8

NHS Productions
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March 1st, 2013

“Oscar winning documentary partly shot on iPhone” good read, not all about the gear! http://t.co/7kKWaLzCqm

Jatobá Filmes
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February 28th, 2013

RT @c5dnews: Oscar winning #documentary partly shot on iPhone – http://t.co/B7asqTTc66

Amy Dean
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February 28th, 2013

I have just filmed a short doc which has been selected in a chance to win the London Film Festival Competition. http://competition.sundance-london.com/films/2013/the-long-goodbye/

I shot it with a IPhone 4s as im a student and do not have my own camera. I loved watching Searching For SugarMan and your blog post has inspired me not to get too wrapped up in the wave of DSLR too much and remember why I enjoy film as a medium of storytelling. Great post.

Topher Grace
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February 28th, 2013

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