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Lens, Filters & Apps – Mobile Filmmaking

Recently we received a question from Sandheep P, regarding the Lens and Apps we used for making a feature film on a mobile phone. We have receive the same query, from so many people, that we thought we will maybe make a post out of it. If you prefer to watch, following is a video of our director explaining the lens, filters and apps for mobile filmmaking.

For those of you who like to read, here is a text version, with the links to everything talked about in the video.

“Hello there, myself Sandheep from Malappuram. Recently I came across ur project and glad to know about a Malayalam feature film [being] shot on iPhone. I have few doubts regarding the making. It will be great if u could answer my queries.”

Hi Sandheep, thank you for messaging us. We are glad that you like our project. We would be glad to answer any of your questions.

Lens & Filters for Mobile Filmmaking

1. Did you use any additional lenses for shooting? I have heard Steven Soderbergh and few others who shot films on iPhones have used extra lenses in order to get most out of their phone. Did you use anything like that?

Yes Sandeep. We used Moondog Labs Anamorphic lens for mobile filmmaking. Along with that we also born in their 52MM filter mount adapter. Onto which we screwed on Tiffen Step up Adapter and their Diffusion filters and a Polariser. You can know about the exact setup in this post.

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The iPhone pimped put. Before buying these, I had searched a lot online to find a similar setup. But couldn't. So here is it. The results (previous two images) speak for themselves. The gear in detail: – Snapped right on top of the native iPhone SE lens is the @moondog_labs Anamorphic #lens – On top of which is #Moondog Lens/Filter Mount leaving us with a #52mm filter thread. – Screwed onto that is a @hoyafilterusa #PolarizerFilter – Screwed onto that is a @tiffencompany 52mm to 58mm #StepUpAdapter – Screwed into that is a #Tiffen #BlackProMist #filter – Finally @poweradd_official solar #PowerBank connected to keep the iPhone charged, a cheap holder and my years old #tripod From the #ShortFilm we did to test filmmaking on an iPhone. A detailed list of pros & cons of #iPhoneFilmmaking is now on my website (link in profile). . . . #iPhone #filmmaking #shotoniphone #iphonese #mobilefilmmaking #FilmicPro #filmicprolog #madewithmoondog #anamorphic #moondoglabs #moondoglabsanamorphic

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Apps for Mobile Filmmaking

“2. How did you control, manually, ISO and other things? Did you use any additional software for that?”

We did. We used an app called FiLMiC Pro. It is a paid app that is available for Android as well as iOS.There are lots of tutorials on YouTube on how to use it. No point in us trying to explain that. But we would say that it is a very functional app that lets you access a lot of features that the default mobile camera apps will not let you. It has its own problems, but we got the job done. We will be writing another post on the problems that we faced shooting with a mobile phone in Kerala. Stay tuned.

Quality

“3. Also I would like to know how would be the quality once it’s projected on a normal theatre? Will [the] audience be watching it just like other films shot on professional equipments? Or will the film lack quality? Waiting for the film. Keep going. Regards.

We will not be able to answer that question as of now, as we are currently only in the second phase of editing. Once done, we would be projecting it on to a screen and seeing how the video looks. Only then will we be able to comment on the quality.

But from the research that we’ve done, there have already been movies shot on phones that were projected onto screens. We are pretty sure that the movie will look good on screen. We shot the whole movie in 4K, in Log, intending to export the final movie at 1080 or 2K.

Thank you Sandeep for writing in. We hope we were able to answer your questions. If you have any questions on mobile filmmaking, let us know.

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