Star Trek Into Darkness, sweded, iphone

Three of my favorite things are Star Trek, the films of Michel Gondry, and iPhones. Here are a couple of great videos that combine all three.

These have been out for a while, but in case you missed them, DustFilmsOriginals, the YouTube channel of filmmaker Dustin McLean, regularly release “homemade” versions of big movie film trailers. Recently, they released both a “sweded” version of the “Star Trek Into Darkness” trailer, as well as a fascinating behind-the-scenes look. >>>

Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer – Homemade Version: Shot-For-Shot

Why is this post here and not on (I hear you ask…) Because Dustin shot this film on an iPhone and used only practical effects.

The trailer is a shot-for-shot recreation of all 42 shots of the theatrical trailer. It was filmed using only an iPhone with no visual effects and I think it’s funny and entertaining in a “Be Kind Rewind” sort of way. The behind the scenes look at the production is an interesting glimpse into creative yet barebones filmmaking using an iPhone.

Dustin uses Apple Camera on an iPhone 4. It’s mounted onto the tripod using a Studio Neat Glif Tripod Mount. In the behind-the-scenes video, he goes into detail about his props, wigs, costumes, even Foley for the video. All effects are practical, shot in the camera.

Granted, the quality of the production is on par with stuff we did with our buddies in junior high filmmaking class. Or, on par with the sweded versions of films from the 2008 Michel Gondry theatrical release. Either way, the trailer is amusing and the making of it is pretty interesting. Both are worth a watch.


Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer – Homemade Version: Behind-the-Scenes