Tonight's episode of Modern Family was entirely shot on an Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPad Air 2

Tonight's episode of Modern Family was entirely shot on an Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPad Air 2
Tonight's Episode of Modern Family focuses on mobile communications and viewers will see the episode viewed through an Apple MacBook. That is certainly unusual. But what really makes this episode of the popular show stand out is that it was filmed completely on an Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPad Air 2. The iPhones were kept in holsters by the cameramen, and the actors were told to have their arms touch the cameraman's arm during the shooting of each scene. This way, it would appear as though the actors were holding the handset.

The episode, called "Connection Lost," is actually a series of FaceTime chats between Claire and her family in various Los Angeles locations. Although it wasn't the first time over its six seasons that an iPhone was used to shoot scenes for the show, it is the first time that an entire episode relied on the rear camera of a smartphone. According to executive producer Steve Levitan, one scene from a past episode was supposed to take place at a basketball game. Instead of re-creating the action on the court (paying actors to portray the players and the crowd), Levitan used an iPhone to shoot his son's game at school. A green screen was then employed to insert a character from the show (Manny) into the scene. 

Television executives are pretty obsessed about the quality of what is shown on their network. Using footage shot by an iPhone in lieu of an expensive broadcast quality camera speaks volumes about the rear snapper on Apple's iconic smartphone. Check it out for yourself when the episode in question airs tonight at 9pm EST on ABC.



source: BuzzFeed, the EllenShow via MacRumors

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49 Comments

1. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Actually I think it speaks volumes about the shows reliance on Advertising dollars from Apple

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It actually speaks volumes about how Apple likes to deceive its own market. That footage will be heavily edited and touched up to the point where you could have shot it with a potato and achieved the same level as they'll show. Yet the Apple faithful usually never look deeper into a positive headline.

22. pixel8or

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Well, be realistic here. A potato is an absurd analogy. Potato 4s is not so much of a stretch.

38. stealthd unregistered

What you just said speaks way more about your own obsession with Apple users than anything else.

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

also i hope people watching the show know its not the front facing camera its all the back plus editing still takes place. you wont have a 1.2mp on your big screen tv that clear

37. stealthd unregistered

Except Apple didn't pay them any money to do it. It wasn't even Apple's idea, it was the producers'.

2. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

What an amazing ad opportunity for apple. Modern Family is, in my opinion definitely the best sitcom ever, never stops being funny. I wish the characters used android devices though.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Really? Best ever? I mean, it's OK, but I can think of quite a few sitcoms I'd rate well ahead of it.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

He must be young, but it is good nonetheless.

21. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

doesnt mean what you like is what others should like. he likes, thats the end of it.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I like it, too. I never said it was bad, I just questioned it being the best sitcom ever. That's some mighty big words.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Definitely one of my favorites. I'm actually quite mad Hulu Plus only has Season 6 instead of all of the seasons. What the hell does my $7.99 pay for then?

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

wow 8 i pay 11.99 for hulu

40. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

The privilege of many of the same commercials of course

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

the big bang theory is way better than modern family

20. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Absolutely

34. Exempt1 unregistered

Big Bang Theory is terrible. "Blah blah blah" "Sciencey-stuff-that-no-one-who-likes-the-show-und​erstands" "Blah blah blah insult towards something they insult through the entire life of the show" "Bazzinga" "HAHAHAHAHAHROFLOMGHESAIDITHAHAHAHAHAHA" :|

6. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

iPhone camera is simply the best. Is highly recommended by proffesionals.

12. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

"professionals" more like a million teenage girls who just use the front cam.

29. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Don't be jelaous

49. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

You're not Tim Cook, poser!

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

not recommended by any professionals ever, that are not being paid by apple

30. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Don't be jealous

19. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

hahahaha

24. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And repeatedly loses to the Note 4 in blind comparisons. Oh, well..

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Unless you compare it to the Motorola Nexus 6 which ironically has a reputation for having less than acceptable camera sensors.

50. DareDevil01

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

I think it was a firmware issue, they have improved it quite a bit with their recent updates. Still not as good as Note 4 or G3, or any flagships really.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Some of you are taking these way too seriously

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

LOL@the butthurt comments. Must have sucked getting bullied by Steve Jobs while growing up.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

no one could ever be intimidated by steve jobs or tim cook they would both be knocked on there ass in seconds

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