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Cool Link: Operation – How to Shoot a Film With an iPhone!

Submitted by on August 8, 2012 – 10:27 am One Comment

“Operation” is a short film that’s making the rounds on the Internets this evening. It’s a short film by Ryan Connolly that was shot on an iPhone 4S. It’s an entertaining little vignette that’s got the cinematic look of a much bigger production.

Here’s a great companion video that iPhone videographers may find just as interesting as the film itself. Ryan Connolly is also the host of Film Riot and the latest episode shows how the film was made — apps, gear, lighting. It’s an entertaining, sometimes smarmy, very informative look at how to make a good-looking film with little budget.

Some of the gear used to create the film are the FiLMiC Pro app, which we’ve reviewed and highly recommended here and here. Because the film was shot handheld style, Ryan also used the OWLE BUBO video rig to help stabilize the camera. The BUBO is now called the ALM mCAM Stabilizer Mount for iPhone 4/4S. It’s a little pricey at about $162, but I have the mCAM and it’s an excellent rig to own for either video or still iPhoneography. It feels like a game controller in your hands. He also describes several light units he used for the production.

The entire short film “Operation” appears at the beginning of this video. When you’ve got 13:26 to spare, both are worth watching. Mostly safe for work. Profanity has been bleeped, but there are gunshots and implied violence. And it’s loud. And did I mention smarmy?

If the above video doesn’t work for you, the YouTube link is here.



Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • Linda Schenck

    marty, i installed this app (film riot) and shot a very short clip and the phone popped up a message that i had run out of memory. so i decided i'd delete the clip. i wasn't able to find it in the photo album or in videos. can you tell me where i would find it so i can delete it?