How to Shoot a Short Film on Your Smartphone
In a world where smartphones are ubiquitous, why not leverage their power to create your very own film? We have you covered with some handy tips to help you shoot your next high-quality production entirely on your trusty mobile device. From finding inspiration to selecting the right audio and video equipment, we will guide you through the process.
First things first, get inspired!
As they say, reading makes for good writing and the same holds true for smartphone filmmaking. Check out other successful smartphone films like Tangerine or keep up with the latest at events like the Toronto Smartphone or even our own festival, the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival
Now, lets talk about sound.
Nothing breaks immersion more than bad audio, so make sure to invest in quality sound equipment. Consider adding a RØDE microphone, like the VideoMic ME, or even a separate sound recording device, shotgun mic, and professional sound recordist for the ultimate audio experience.
On to video equipment.
Don't be afraid to use a camera rig and other accessories with your smartphone. A grip mount and lens kit, like those from Moment, can help take your filming to the next level. And don't forget to check your phone' s storage space so you can capture multiple scenes without running out of space.
But wait, there's an app for that!
While its best to keep your phone free of excess apps, some can actually help you achieve better shots. Check out Filmic Pro for advanced camera features,
By combining all of these elements, you will be amazed at the cinematic quality you can achieve with your phone. Of course none of this matters if you have not spent time working on your story. Start there, get some great actors, stunning locations and then find the tech you can afford to tell your story. In most cases this will be your phone