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”Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.
—Jean Cocteau

In regard to the above quote, the iPhone 13 Pro isn’t as cheap as a pencil and paper—but it is cheaper than the supplies I’ve seen in some art studios. Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh shot High Flying Bird a few years ago on an iPhone 8, so these cameras should be taken seriously. (Granted he had a $2 million budget, but it’s a film to study to see how he used the iPhone to his advantage. Tangerine was made for a lot less and with an even older iPhone. ) The 13 Pro Max is a huge step-up from previous iPhones because it can shoot 4k in ProRes, has a cinematic mode for select focus, and three lens selections.

Here’s a couple videos that show you the potential of the newest iPhone featuring the direction of Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and cinematographer Greig Fraser (who just won an Oscar for his cinematography on Dune: Part One). I hope there are film schools out there (even high schools) that are using the latest iPhone to make feature films this year. Producer Ted Hope said that if he was running a film school he’d require everyone to make a $1,000 feature because the lessons learned would be tremendous. Of course, you don’t even need to go to film school to make a $1,000 feature. You just need a $1,000.

I think in May, I’ll start exploring that concept some more.

P.S. High Flying Bird can been seen on Netflix.

These are the kind of accessories being made for the iPhone today.

Scott W. Smith is the author of Screenwriting with Brass Knuckles

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