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Out of money, Director finishes shooting his movie on an Apple iPhone 5

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Out of money, Director finishes shooting his movie on an Apple iPhone 5
The Apple iPhone has always been praised for the abilities of its camera. Now, a director with an Academy Award nominated film is admitting that because of a shortage of money, he used a $1.99 app on his Apple iPhone 5 to finish shooting the film. Malik Bendjelloul had started filming his documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" with a Super 8 camera, but ran out of money and could not afford anymore film even though he had a few shots left to film. So Bendjelloul downloaded a $1.99 app called 8mm Vintage Camera and finished the movie.

While other directors have used the Apple iPhone to film movies, and there is an iPhone film festival to screen movies shot with the phone, this is the first time that an iPhone shot film has been nominated for an Academy Award. Meanwhile, word of mouth has really helped the 8mmVintage Camera app take off as downloads of the software have surged in the last five days.

Will the Apple iPhone 5 help Malik Bendjelloul win an Oscar? We will find out on February 24th when the Academy Awards airs.

source: CNNMoney via AppleInsider

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posted on 19 Feb 2013, 22:02 14

1. rusticguy (Posts: 2818; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Are Oscars given based on "Sympathy" ? If yes then this guy might win it.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 22:04 7

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Good one.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 04:24 1

22. cezarepc (Posts: 482; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


No. Oscars are given based on talent. And it doesn't matter if he used an iPhone or any other Phone. It's the content of his movie that got him the Oscar.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 10:49 2

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The Oscars are based on talent? Seriously? Don't even get me started on how wrong that statement is. It's all about politics & popularity like most award shows. Talent doesn't have much to do with it, plain & simple.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 22:18 8

3. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Or he could've just bought a lumia 920 instead of renting the camera.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 22:27 3

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3215; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Because the iPhone had more options.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:25 4

9. rusticguy (Posts: 2818; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Oh so iPhone has "Options" :D

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:11

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


You still an htc user? That new 'One' that was just released has a pretty sweet camera and stereo speakers.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:57

15. sniper1087 (Posts: 331; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


well the new camera hasnt been compared yet to say is pretty sweet, even at ultrapixel like they like to name it is a 4mp camera in reality with better sensor

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:40 1

11. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Or an 808 PureView or even an N8

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:44 2

12. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


N8 no because n8 doesn't have Full HD video .
But Xperia Z might work , HDR video !

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:55

14. sniper1087 (Posts: 331; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


yawn HDR has been out since HTC My touch 4G Slide, is nothing new

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:58 3

16. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


That's HDR for photos .
BTW , 8mm vintage cam is not available on android or wp

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:06

23. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


lol good one

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 00:16

28. tuminatr (Posts: 656; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


I would have used a nice digital SLR much better quality

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 22:29 3

5. nikenturd (unregistered)


Apple must've paid the Academy tons of money to promote their phone come Oscar awards

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 22:57 3

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Maybe this will help the poor iphone sales. (God bless our beloved fruit)

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:06 8

7. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


if this guy doesnt win oscer its totally fault of iphone 5..........lol....

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:39

10. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


@alan, you apple fanboy, the iphone's camera was utter rubbish until the 4, and even now it's second rate.

You're not as bad as giz's Biddle or Ray S here, but please, keep to the facts.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 23:45 3

13. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


IPhone 4 was the turning point for apple

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 00:02 2

17. 5odead (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Seems like paid advertising

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 00:13 1

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2818; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Publicity stunt as many would call it :)

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 00:23

19. GG_SHAH (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


Best of luck Malik Bendjelloul •

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 00:48 2

20. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Watch out JJ Abrams, we got a new guy with purple lens flare ;)

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 02:32

21. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


This is great

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 05:07

24. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


i use this app a lot.. its really excellent..

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:42 1

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


This Director is a smart one.. haters will hate no surprise there.. but in the real world the iphone has a status and is the 1st option for any director..

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:56

27. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Ok so part of the move is going to look good and the other part look like icrap!

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