|Can you film cinema-quality scenes while hiking between remote Alpine huts with your iPhone?|
|And also edit the widescreen anamorphic footage with the same iPhone?|
|This Helium iPhone rig did not let my phone overheat, delivered pro sound and made it easy to attach a Moondog Labs Anamorphic lens and ND filters.|
|Here is a short scene that was shot, edited and shared from the film location at 2,100 meters elevation.|
|Locking the focus and shutter speed in Filmic Pro to achieve proper motion blur effects.|
|The gear travelled in waterproof bags as I hiked for six hours each day.|
|In the rain.|
I have made three trips like this filmmaking while hiking across the Alps.
On the most recent trip I stopped to show and tell how the rig has evolved.
|Without an ND filter, the camera has no choice but to record with a high shutter speed – in this case at 1/12,288 of a second.|
|Which produces strobe motion footage.|
|With two ND filters attached (An ND 4 and an ND 2), the camera sees less light and I am able to record at 1/48 of a second to achieve a proper 180° shutter.|
|This allows the motion blur to be recorded in a way that more accurately mimics the way the human eye sees motion. This is one of the keys to pro filmmaking.|
|In the FilmicPro app, I make a preset to capture 4K video and set it to display the proper ‘de-squeezed’ preview for Anamorphic filming.|
|An overview of my Filmic settings.|
|And how it looks in the viewfinder while filming.|
|I also am experimenting with different video capture profiles to achieve a film look and am having great results with the Flat gamma curve in FilmicPro.|
|Recording 4K Anamorphic clips at ‘Filmic Quality’ means I have to clear off my camera roll and watch for apps that also copy clips inside their sandbox.|
|That’s more like it! I conservatively estimate that the Filmic Pro settings I am using will require about 600MB of memory per minute of recorded footage.|
In this ungraded example, I recorded 44 clips to make this film and when I transferred my clips to my Mac (using iTunes) the folder measured 9.54GB and the runtime of the raw footage is around 16 minutes when dropped onto a Final Cut Pro X timeline.
I applied cinema grading to this natural sound short film to show how a final treatment can look for cinema projection.