New shot-on-iPhone short film Vortex shows you don't always need expensive cameras for great video



Shooting a cinematic video on just a phone is a bit of a cliche these days: we know that it's possible and we know people do it more and more, but this latest one is worth sharing because it pushes the boundaries with shooting technique.

Vortex is a new, 1.5-minute short movie that is shot entirely on an iPhone with the help of some tools and with a lot of creativity, and it exemplifies novel camera movement that gives an exciting new perspective on New York City.


The movie is made by film-maker Tim Sessler, who recently had 48 hours to shoot in NYC, an iPhone 8 with him and the new Freefly Movi camera gimbal. In this movie the world continually turns showing the streets and views of New York. The movie was possible to a large part because of the low-profile of shooting on a phone and a tiny gimbal. Right below, you can read how Sessler himself describes the experience of shooting this short film:


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15 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

At least the author admits that the iPhone does not have a great camera :)

12. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

But it needs a professional photographer to make great video?

2. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

All 'Shot on iphone' pictures and videos was captured with the help of some sort of accessories.its hard for an average user to get images like ' s**t on iphone' quality

15. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

That's true for any device. You can have a $10,000 camera and still take s**tty pictures if you don't know what you are doing.

3. midan

Posts: 2710; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

incredible video, all the artistic and talented people use iPhone, you never see anything like this from android phone.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not all but a lot of them use the iPhone because they use an Apple computer as well. So shooting on an iPhone is easier to manipulate the material later on, on their Mac. Also shot on iPhone is a nice marketing tool from Apple so it's easier to get your work well-known for free.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Android phone cameras are not up to this standards though.... iPhone is the best ever when it comes to video recording.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

See the V30 movies...look vastly better than any iPhone because it allows Vlog2 color-grading in post processing.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Just stop explaining to him. He does nothing more than a troll here.

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

He's an intentional troll, don't feed him just cause he's starved for attention.

11. midan

Posts: 2710; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4_uHqSNjd0 Sorry can't agree with you, iPhone X is lot better, and what's up with that V30 colours? colours are so off, also X video looks to be lot sharper and have more details.

13. Nopers unregistered

Wow. V30 looked like s**t in comparison.

14. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You just went out and found the worst possible video to make a point. Here's a counterpoint. The V30 when used to its potential is a beast.https://youtu.be/nAth8g05tfs

7. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

never forget the monster LG V30 for video recording. It includes control of video and audio . That it's can only think of LOL.

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You don't need expensive cameras, a camera half the price of an iPhone will significantly out perform any smart phone.

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