Transform your iPhone SE into a low-cost Anamorphic Film Rig with this solid and reliable mobile film gear.

A sleek and rugged cinema rig:  iPhone + Helium core rig and Moondog Labs Anamorphic lens

For $723 USD you can pair the new iPhone SE (with it’s amazing chip set and low price) with a proven cinema quality filming rig.

Helium Core is offering the rig on sale for only $99 at the moment.

I don’t have an SE yet but I ordered this Helium core rig and happily paid the $99.

And the reason is simple. Apple is using the iPhone 8 case for the new phone and that is a perfect match. And I mean perfect.

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I already use one Helium Core rig with a teleprompter in my studio.

And another one just for outdoor filming.

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I use these Helium Core cages on every assignment with my iPhone and Moondog Labs lenses because they are rugged and reliable. This is not a paid endorsement. I want my clients and students to exactly the gear I use to get the results I have in the field.

These Helium rigs are solid and foolproof – Perfect for a guy known for filming mountain climbing expeditions and making adventure documentaries.

And now, this rig with an iPhone SE (2020) is perfect for the budget filmmaker.

This is the exact lens I have used to shoot award-winning film documentaries with.

128GB may be OK if you only use the phone for filmmaking. Otherwise I would upgrade the memory to 256 GB.

$723 will get you the main pieces shown above (sales tax not included)

But, don’t forget to budget some dough to get some ND filters. I use the Moondog Labs ones. A two-stop, a three stop one, and four stop ND set. These 52mm size filters are optical grade and can be stacked together.

I recommend a set of three of these ND filters 2,3 and 4 stop versions.

You also need to get the filter mount adapter.

This is a one-time investment (unless you drop a filter on a sidewalk – Yep – I have done that . . . )

I abhor the variable density ND filters as they often produce strange X patterns on my shots. (I filmed a tutorial in Patagonia a few years back to illustrate how horrible those variable ND filters can be.)

Here is how those amazing Moondog ND filters work.