How to Shoot Movies on Your Phone Like a Pro

Movies have been filmed on phones for many years now. The technology has improved greatly over the years and it is now possible to shoot high quality movies on a phone. This has opened up a whole new world of filmmaking, as anyone with a phone can now make a movie.

There are many advantages to filming on a phone. It is very convenient and portable, so you can take it with you anywhere. You also don’t need any special equipment or knowledge to shoot on a phone, which makes it great for amateur filmmakers.

However, there are also some disadvantages to filming on a phone. The quality is not always as good as it could be if you used professional equipment, and the sound is often not very good either. Also, shooting on a phone can be very draining battery-wise, so you need to make sure you have enough power before starting to film.

Despite the disadvantages, more and more people are choosing to film their movies on phones because of the convenience and portability that it offers. So if you’re thinking about making your own movie, consider using your trusty old smartphone!

Unsane. Photo via Chicago Reader. Directed by Steven Soderbergh

In Unsane, a woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution after telling her therapist she’s being followed by an imaginary stalker. But it turns out the stalker isn’t imaginary after all, and he’s been following her from one institution to the next.

The movie was shot entirely on an i phone 7 Plus, and while that might sound like a gimmick, it works perfectly for the story. The shaky camera work and limited resources make the viewer feel just as claustrophobic and trapped as the protagonist.

Unsane is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. It’s also a reminder that sometimes our biggest fears are hiding in plain sight.

High Flying Bird. Photo via Indie Wire. Directed by Steven Soderbergh

High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. It stars André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Bill Duke, and Kyle MacLachlan.

The plot follows a sports agent who represents a rookie basketball client during a lockout. It is based on the 2011 NBA lockout.

The film had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival on January 27, 2019 and was released in the United States on February 8, 2019 by Netflix.

Critical reception for High Flying Bird has been positive and the film holds an approval rating of 90% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 103 reviews with an average rating of 7.8/10. The website’s critical consensus reads: “Steven Soderbergh’s latest experiment is another insightful addition to his ever-growing catalogue — and one that doubles as an incisive look at professional basketball’s business side.” On Metacritic the film has a score of 76 out of 100 from 28 critics indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Tangerine. Photo via Shih-Ching Tsou Magnolia Pictures

Tangerine is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Sean Baker and written by Chris Bergoch. It stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, and James Ransone. Set in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, the film follows two transgender sex workers (portrayed by Rodriguez and Taylor) as they go about their day-to-day lives.

Baker had the initial idea for Tangerine after hearing a story about two transgender prostitutes arguing over an i phone in Hollywood. He decided to use an i phone to shoot the film because he felt it would help him capture the “raw energy” of his characters’ lives. The majority of the film’s dialogue was improvised, and Baker used real transgender prostitutes as consultants during production.

Tangerine premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature. It was released theatrically on July 10, 2015, to critical acclaim; critics praised the performances of Rodriguez and Taylor, as well as Baker’s direction and screenplay. The film grossed $1 million worldwide against its $100,000 budget..

Searching for Sugar Man. Photo via The Independent

In the early 1970s, a music producer named Dennis Coffey discovered an incredible musician while on a trip to Detroit. The artist was playing for tips in a local bar, and his name was Sixto Rodriguez. Coffey was so impressed by Rodriguez’s talent that he immediately signed him to a record deal and helped produce his first album, Cold Fact.

Sadly, the album was a commercial failure and Rodriguez faded into obscurity. But unbeknownst to anyone, his music had found its way to South Africa, where it became hugely popular with the anti-apartheid movement. For years, rumours circulated that Rodriguez had died tragically young; in fact, he was alive and well back in Detroit but had no idea of his fame or fortune half a world away.

In 2012, two fans set out to find Rodriguez and finally bring him the recognition he deserved. Their search led them on an incredible journey that culminated in one of the most heartwarming stories ever captured on film. Searching for Sugar Man is an absolutely fascinating documentary that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted long after it’s over.

Night Fishing. Photo via Locations Hub

In “Night Fishing”, a young man turns to his phone to document a series of strange events that happen after he goes out night fishing with his friends.

The film opens with our protagonist, Young-seok (played by Lee Je-hoon), receiving a call from his girlfriend, Yeon-joo (played by Kim Tae-ri). She’s upset because he’s going out night fishing again and she wants him to come home. Young-seok tries to calm her down, but she hangs up on him.

He then meets up with his friends Jong-soo (played by Park Hae-jun) and Doo-man (played by Ryu Junyeol). The three of them head out to their usual spot by the river. They set up their equipment and start fishing.

As they’re waiting for a bite, Jong-soo tells Young-seok that Yeon-joo is going to break up with him if he keeps going out night fishing. Young seok doesn’t believe him and says that she’ll understand once she sees the big fish he catches tonight.

Suddenly, they get a bite and they start reeling in the fish. But as they get it closer to the shore, they realize that it’s not a fish at all… it’s a human body! They panic and try to dispose of the body, but it’s too late – someone has already seen them…

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