Some Of The Best Movies Shot On An iPhone
Here are some of the best movies completely shot on an iPhone
We’re not going to lie, iPhone cameras have gotten ridiculously good since the original iPhone was released back in 2007. The iPhone X now has a dual-lens setup that ranges from a wide-angle lens that has a f/1.8 aperture to the telephoto lens that has a f/2.4 aperture. It shoots 4K up to 60 fps, can shoot in HEVC and H.264, has continuous autofocus and can also shoot slow motion at 1080p up to 240 fps. While not quite as good as a RED cinema camera, the video on the iPhone looks pretty good for a smartphone.
With video content transforming at rapid speeds, directors and cinematographers are always looking for new and innovative ways to push the boundaries when shooting a movie. Many have even been shot on smartphones, and that’s why we wanted to share out picks for best movies that were filmed on an iPhone.
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
In hopes of escaping a stalker, Sawyer Valentini moves to another town but is still unable to cope with daily life. After making an appointment to see a counselor, she unknowingly signs a release committing herself to spend 24 hours at a behavioral center and is unable to escape. After some altercations with the staff, she is ordered to stay at the facility for another week. The film stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irving, and was completely shot on the iPhone 7 Plus.
2. Night Fishing
Directed by: Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong
IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
Otherwise known as Paranmanjang, the South Korean fantasy-horror shot film is about a man who casually embarks on a fishing trip. Come nightfall, a tug on his line presents a dead woman on his hook. While he tries to disentangle himself from the fishing line, the woman comes alive. The lead role is played by K-pop star, Lee Jung-hyun and was shot entirely on iPhone 4.
Directed by: Sean Baker
IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
One of our personal favorites, Tangerine is an American comedy-drama about a transgender sex worker who discovers that her boyfriend and pimp has been cheating on her. The film stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, James Ransone and was shot entirely on the iPhone 5s.
4. Searching for Sugar Man
Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
This Swedish-British-Finnish documentary is about a South African cultural phenomenon that took place in the ‘90s. Two Cape Town fans, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom set out to find out whether or not the rumored death of American musician Rodriguez was true. While not filmed entirely on the iPhone, the film was originally shot using Super 8 film and then some of the remaining shots were taken on an iPhone with an 8mm Vintage Camera app after the production ran out of funds.
5. I Play With the Phrase Each Other
Directed by: Jay Alvarez
IMDb Rating: 7.30/10
Winning the Special Jury Prize at Slamdance in 2014, this movie was not only shot entirely on an iPhone but it is hosted on the website thecellphonemovie.com. The story is about a boy named Jake who moves to a city and discovers his friend has disappeared. As he struggles to find a job and a place to live, he finds his friend thriving in a nocturnal world of neon poverty. The film features Jay Alvarez, Megan Kopp, Will Hand and Brynn Baron.
6. And Uneasy Lies the Mind
Directed by: Ricky Fosheim
IMDb Rating: 5.8/10
This film is about Peter, a freshly minted movie star who seems to have it all: wealth, fame and a beautiful expecting wife. The film was shot in California and Director/producer/cinematographer Ricky Fosheim has said that “extremely cold weather, as low as five degrees Fahrenheit, proved to be one of the most difficult hurdles while shooting. A fully charged iPhone 5 will die in less than two minutes when exposed to these frigid cold temperatures.” The film stars Jonas Fisch, J'aime Spezzano, Dillon Tucker, and was shot entirely on the iPhone 5, which was fitted with a lens adaptor called the Turtle Back.
7. Snow Team Iron
Directed by: Zack Snyder
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Zack Snyder, yes the same Zack Snyder who brought us Justice League, Watchmen and 300 has recently written and directed Snow Team Iron, which was shot over a few days on an iPhone with a small group of friends and family. IMDb describes the plot as “Snow gently falls on the blood-stained streets of a seedy out-of-time New York City. Steam envelopes the nightmare unfolding within its narrow alleys. Iron is the will of the one who would dare to resist… fight… survive.” The movie stars Samantha Jo, Wesley Coller, Wayne Dalglish and is only available through third-party app Vero.
So that sums up our list of some of the best movies shot on an iPhone. Let us know if you’ve seen any of the films that made the list and what you thought about them in the comments section below. And be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more movie news and other entertaining reads.