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

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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1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

22. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

3. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because the iPhone had more options.

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Oh so iPhone has "Options" :D

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Or an 808 PureView or even an N8

12. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

14. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

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

16. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

23. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

lol good one

28. tuminatr

Posts: 1169; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I would have used a nice digital SLR much better quality

5. nikenturd unregistered

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

7. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

13. thelegend6657 unregistered

IPhone 4 was the turning point for apple

17. 5odead

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Seems like paid advertising

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Publicity stunt as many would call it :)


Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Best of luck Malik Bendjelloul •

20. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

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

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This is great

24. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

27. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

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