How To Be Unstoppable: Sean Baker and the Digital Filmmaking Revolution

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Jul 132015


He fearlessly shot his new film “Tangerine” entirely on the iPhone 5s. It dazzled audiences and critics when it premiered at Sundance 2015 and is now being released theatrically. It looks great on the big screen and has energy and style to burn. Using the iPhone was the most affordable way to shoot Tangerine, and turned out to be the very best way to make it.

READ MORE: How the DP Behind Sundance Hit ‘Tangerine’ Created a Cinematic Look with an iPhone

Baker shot his first feature “Four Letter Words” in 1996 and finally finished it in 2000. Made for $80,000 with 35mm short ends, it’s the only movie he has done on film. In 2004, he shot “Take Out” on standard definition video for $3,000 and “finished it with favors.” In 2008, he made “Prince of Broadway on HD” for $45,000. Then in 2012, he completed “Starlet,” which was filmed in HD on a $235,000 budget. “Starlet” received enthusiastic reviews, won the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards and was distributed by Music Box Films. After the success of “Starlet,” “something almost happened,” Baker explained.

Having made four features that received steadily increasing recognition and distribution, he hoped he could finally access much higher levels of financing. Only interested in directing his own scripts, Baker has been unwilling to work as a director for hire on films he didn’t write. It looked like his script “Caviar” about the Russian-Armenian underworld in Brooklyn was going to be financed for between $10 and $15 million. After waiting 1 1/2 years for the money to arrive, Baker decided he would have to return to the world of micro-budget filmmaking. He contacted Mark Duplass, who agreed to put together the financing for a new film set in the world of transgender prostitutes. Baker committed to make it for less than half the cost of “Starlet”  (i.e. under $117,500).


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Bentley Motors Uses Iphone 6 & Iphone 6+ To Shoot Short Film

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May 192015

Bentley Motors is synonymous with timeless style, luxury, and affluence. Their cars are still regarded around here in Newport Beach, where every other car is a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, as a status symbol of the uber-wealthy.

Like Bentley, in terms of the classic and sleek design, Apple also strives to capture that timeless style and elegance in their products. So to highlight the new technology in their updated Mulsanne, Bentley Motors teamed up with filmmaker Austin Reza and Apple to shoot the following short film, Intelligent Design.

Each new Bentley Mulsanne has a dual working station in the back seat, equipped with integrated iPads (because people who own Bentleys don’t actually drive them, they sit in the backseat making multi-million dollar deals while their drivers fight the LA traffic. Duh.) To market this new feature, the team used this new technology to create the film. They shot the first Intelligent Design film on the iPhone 5, and the new film on the iPhones 6 and 6+. Then they assembled the footage with the iPads located in the backseat of the Bentley.

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New HDR App for the iPhone and iPad

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Feb 222013

icon_hdrI just found this new HDR App from Lucky Clan on iTunes. I have just downloaded it and at the moment it is free. Click the link above to download from the iTunes store.




iPro Lens System for iPhone!

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Feb 042012


The iPhone is great for capturing quick video and HDR as well as regular images when you don’t have your big camera handy. Schneider has developed a terrific kit to expand the usefulness of the iPhone 4 and 4s cameras. It is called the iPro Lens System. Schneider is a company that produces some of the best pro lenses anywhere and I have used their lenses for the last 15 years.

iPro Lens System

iPro Lens System for the iPhone 4 / 4S – Filmtools

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