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Full-length motion picture Olive hits Kickstarter, is the first one shot entirely on a smartphone

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Full-length motion picture Olive hits Kickstarter, is the first one shot entirely on a smartphone
The Nokia N8 is still the reigning smartphone champ with the unmatched quality of tis 12-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens. But it’s a smartphone after all, many would think, and what is it good for? How about a full-length motion picture shot entirely on the N8, carrying the core essence of indie film making? Ladies and gents, that’s now a reality with Olive, the first movie filmed with no other camera than the one on a smartphone. 

Directors Hooman Khalili and Patrick Gilles took on the ambitious task and we’re not talking just about a YouTube video. This is cinema-ready waiting for prime time at movie theaters if it gets the $300,000 backing on Kickstarter. The only tweak Khalili and Gilles used is equipping the N8 with a 35mm lens adapter to get that bokeh, shallow depth of field effect you’re so used to see in movies.

The cast of the film is also pretty impressive - Gena Rowlands, twice nominated for Academy Awards is one of the stars. Yep, that’s the very same actress you probably know from the tear-jerking film The Notebook. Others from the cast include John Scurti, Chris Maher, and Ruby Alexander. The sound was also professionally taken care of with Skywalker Sound, a George Lucas-owned studio, responsible for the effects.

The movie Olive is interesting for one more reason, though. It is a perfect examples of the power that smartphones can give us even now. You no longer need the expensive equipment and the backing of a movie studio, to even make a full-length feature film. The Nokia N8 was released more than a year ago and is relatively affordable now, but just think about the possibilities and what you can do with the camera on your smartphone. Check out the trailer below to see and get inspired by Olive.

source: Olive via GSM Arena

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posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:18 2

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


King is still the only one.
C'mon Nokia. New Nokia N8 with Mango or Symbian Cindy.
Give it to us!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:22

2. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 32; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Hello Bumblebee, you've transformed a lot since our last meeting.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:19 1

5. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Can't tell its cellphone video at all.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 17:45

6. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


what will it look like blown up on a movie screen?

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 17:49 1

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


well thats just another example what Nokia is capable of. execution is entirely a different thing though. but I am pretty sure Nokia can do it again. good luck finns !!!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:32

8. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Will they incorporate this "King" into Wp?

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 00:41

9. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


It will fun watching the movie.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 01:33

10. davisholling (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


i agree

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 01:41

11. davisholling (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


The gimmick of this isn't intriguing and has been done multiple times. A film shot entirely on a cell phone? This is old news. Why should I be impressed that they intend to put it in theaters?

And I must say, the acting is horrible in the 5 minute preview they show. These are amateurs with a cell phone and some editing gear.

To get inspired, check out the many impressive usages of cell phone only shorts and films on Vimeo. You can find countless examples

These are amateurs hoping to pocket some money with a low-rent idea and no creative edge. Not impressed.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 03:31

12. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Great video! Most impressive.

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