“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. It’s a little pricey at about $180, 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.

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