iPhones and iPads Make Full-Length Albums and Films
The world's first full-length film shot entirely on an iPhone, Olive, is now wending its way through the film festival circuit. Meanwhile, the world's second iPhone film festival kicks off in two weeks. As the recording equipment in people's everyday devices improve, low-budget musicians and filmmakers are starting to use their phones and tablets to make their art, IEEE Spectrum reported.
Device cameras still need a few workarounds for major projects. Olive's producers attached a lens onto a smartphone that shoots in high definition and hired a hacker to disable the phone's auto-focus and auto-zoom. After shooting, they found they had to color-correct the footage.
At the same time, phones allow for shots that traditional cameras can't take. The director of one iPhone film festival entry, called "Goldilocks," zipped the phone inside a sandwich bag, put it in a wineglass, then filmed wine pouring into the glass.
Examples of device-made music albums include recent work by an Alabama rock band called One Like Son and a 2010 Gorillaz album recorded on an iPad, using 20 apps. The first-ever iPhone album was made by electronic musicians Nuclear O'Reilley in 2009.
Spectrum praised smartphones' ability to create a "warmer, imperfect aesthetic" hearkening to the pre-digital age.
Source: IEEE Spectrum