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It’s Time: Use an iPhone as Your Video Camera

iPhone as your video camera

When I started out in television production, the cost of a camera was out of sight. And depending on it being a film or video project, the cost continued to climb. But today, we carry around a TV studio in our pocket and more and more filmmakers are embracing the idea of producing projects on mobile phones. That’s right: an iPhone as your video camera.

The bottom line is that it’s time to stop complaining that we don’t have a budget or the right equipment to make a high quality project. In fact, I don’t have to defend myself. Just take a look at some amazing examples:

This is a short documentary filmed in Paris on an iPhone X:

Here’s Steven Soderbergh’s trailer for his Netflix feature: “High Flying Bird”:

And here’s video from Apple about some amazing student films that were produced on an iPhone:

And if you enjoy wacky comedy, here’s an episode of the brilliantly original “Kid Scripts” featuring Chris Guerra and Ryan Gaul:

And here’s the story of a movie shot on an iPhone by Oscar-winning Director Claude Lelouche That premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

With a wide range of tripods, jib arms, and other production gear designed for a mobile phone camera, it’s time to take it out of our pockets and start filming!


This article on using an iPhone as your video camera originally appeared here, and is used by permission. If you have a powerful message or story that could influence the world, media producer, consultant, and author Phil Cooke will teach you what you need to know about creativity, communication, Hollywood, media, culture, and the faith to make it happen. He’s produced TV and film programming in more than 60 countries around the world, and in the process, been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time – through his company Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, California – he’s helped some of the largest Christian and nonprofit organizations in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.

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Phil Cooke, Ph.D, is a filmmaker, media consultant, and founder of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, California. His latest book is “Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking." Find out more at philcooke.com.