Whuuut? It’s possible to shoot great videos using just your mobile phone?
I know you probably clicked the link because of the tips you like to get. Don’t worry there are tips on the next page. But before that, please indulge in a quick bit of backstory.
Quite a few years ago, I’ve heard of music videos being shot using mobile phones. I remember being skeptical about it. Considering the many limitations of a mobile phone camera. I thought it would only work if you’re trying to shoot something like “The Blair Witch Project” or maybe if you want to trigger someone’s brain spasms manually. Later on, I heard that they’re even using mobile phone cameras to shoot short films.
I’ve never really bought in to the marketing ploy of the leading mobile brands. I thought it was just that…a marketing ploy. A bit later on, I remember chancing upon a video on YouTube of a short film shot using mobile and I was just blown away. How wonderfully wrong I was indeed! It wasn’t a movie, but yes, mobile phone cameras have now become so freakin’ good that some people are able to create fantastic and even professional quality videos with them.
Then recently my hunger for these kinds of videos has been re-ignited. I started searching for more such work. And by amazing Google’s grace and its awesome algorithms, I just kept getting ads and topics wherever/whenever I’m on the web (a lot of it). It is now hounding me, every time I’m on the web, they’re there too. But no regrets, as I kept seeing wonderful work by so many amazing artists.
If you take a look at when those works were published, some of what I saw are not even shot by the latest versions of mobile phones. Phone videography has been around for quite some time already. Just check out the trailer of “Tangerine” below from 2015 (yes, that’s 2 years ago) which was shot using an iPhone 5S. It’s a movie entry (yes, a movie!) for Sundance (yes, Sundance, the film festival!).
There was so many other awesome examples I saw when I searched the web. I’ve taken it as a sign. Fast forward to now, there’s no more doubt in my mind that movie-making (short movies at least) can be done. “I want in” – I said, I want to make these kinds of videos/movies too! The only problem is that the moment I tried…failed…miserably. It definitely was not as easy as I thought it would be. Point and shoot did not do it for me since I was going for something more polished. So I went back to the drawing board and did some research, which is probably the first thing I should have done in the first place
So, for those of you guys who wants to try making your own videos or movies just by using a mobile phone (just like me), let’s go on to the next page as I share tips I gathered from the research I did (plus this page is getting too long already for Google to like me, and I need Google to like me!). These tips, you can use regardless of what mobile brand you have.