"Unsane" debuts at Berlin film festival; movie was completely shot using an Apple iPhone

Movie director Steven Soderbergh's new movie "Unsane" was released at a film festival in Berlin on Wednesday. The film, which is a psychological thriller, was completely shot using an Apple iPhone. The director, known for movies such as "Ocean's Eleven" and "Magic Mike," was able to complete the new movie in just two weeks, about half the time it would have taken to shoot the movie using a conventional camera. Since the film was shot last summer, we can safely assume that an Apple iPhone 7 or Apple iPhone 7 Plus was used.

While Soderbergh was so impressed with the iPhone that he says it will be hard to return to the traditional filmmaking methods, he did say that the handset was too sensitive to vibrations. But whatever drawbacks he faced due to the use of the iPhone were more than made up for thanks to the ease of shooting a movie with the phone. For example, no holes had to be made in the walls to accommodate a camera, and there was no need to have a camera attached to the ceiling.

The actors were also happy to see the iPhone replace the traditional camera. Joshua Leonard, who plays a stalker in the film, says that using the handset enabled the actors to stay in character longer since they didn't have to wait around "for the machine of filmmaking to catch up with the creative impulse." He also noted that since he is used to fans putting their handsets right in his face to take selfies, he didn't feel self-conscious about making a film. Leonard, by the way, can be seen in the picture at the top of this story. He's on the left, with Soderbergh on the right.


"Unsane" is a movie about a woman who leaves leaves the city where she lives to escape her stalker, David. However, she ends up admitted to a mental health facility where David works. The film is one of 400 that was screened at the festival, but it did not make it to the final 19 films battling for the top prize.

source: Reuters

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18 Comments

2. torr310

Posts: 1678; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I could only say other phones could do so as well. It is nothing magical... it's the brain behind the camera.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Well if it’s Apple it must be news for PA.

5. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

everyone is pissed it wasn't an Android phone. Oh well, it is not like you can change anything (stupid and irrational hate)

7. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

exactly, android users again showing that bitterness.

6. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

it's just insane that you can actually do this. Perfectly shows how far we are with these devices. Can't wait to see this movie

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You can't, they don't show you the disclaimer "additional software and hardware was used..."

8. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Well that's not good

14. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

These guys must have got paid by Apple to make the movie with iPhone camera. Making it like no other phone can't do like iPhone lol. Fact Pixel 2 kills the iPhone camera department imo.

16. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

pixel 2 wasn't available when they shot this movie, but good try ;) Don't be so bitter

17. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Funny how android users getting so personal over this because they used iPhone for this instead some android phone.

20. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

What's to be bitter about? The first full length movie shot entirely on a phone was Olive back in 2011, this was filmed on a Nokia N8. http://www.odditycentral.com/news/olive-the-first-cinema-film-shot-with-a-cell-phone.html Since then there has been many films shot on many different types of phone. This article is not news and the subject is nothing special.

28. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

exactly, that's make it even more funnier. This is just a movie shot with phone and yet android users are so offended and takes this very personal. Let's just admit that if this would have shot with Galaxy, people would say how cool it is. The hate towards Apple from these bitter android users is so funny.

18. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Movie = image + sound. How did they record sound for a movie? I can bet it wasn't on iPhone :D So one half of a movie was recorded on an iPhone.

21. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

i can't see why they can't use iPhone, maybe you didn't knew but iOS devices have a HUGE selection of audio equipment mics and all. In my work i actually record different sounds with iPhone, because the quality is so good and it's so easy and fast, it's real time saver. If i need certain audio effect i go and do it on my own if i can, it also feels more authentic.

22. japkoslav

Posts: 1520; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sure you can plug in the external device into iPhone / iPad / any other OTG compatible phone - but that means you didn't use the iPhone / iPad / another phone hardware for recording. Why didn't they use iPhone mics? Because they are horrible and mono. I know, I used it + I still own iPad - garbage mic quality. I do record as a part of my job as well, but if I use iPad, I use Focusrire ->Sennheiser MK8. Never the iPad mic.

24. Sania

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

Now I wonder if there’s anyone buy the bluray copy

26. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

If this movie was shot on an Android phone, then everyone here would be shouting ‘Phones have improved a lot!’ But now the pure hatred of fans who don’t actually love technology is seen here

35. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Because that people are a bunch of losers whose lives are real failures and they need to fill that emptiness of their lives with their devices so everytime they see Apple being more relevant they feel directly attacked and dragged down, they are real psychos and I feel bad for them but that’s what they chose to do with their lives, no one can change that but them ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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