So last weekend the internets blew up about scenes from the upcoming "Avengers" movie being shot on the iPhone 4. Even better, said shots actually appeared in the recently released trailer (after the jump). Apple fanboys leaping for joy.
Unfortunately, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to clear up the misunderstanding. Turns out a reporter from the Irish Film and Televsion Network got the quote wrong. McGarvey did indeed use a low-budget camera for shots in the movie, but the camera he was referring to was the Canon 5D Mark II. Which is cool in in own right, but hardly newsworthy - Avengers predecessors Iron Man II and Captain America also featured imagery shot with the 5D.
What's cool, however is that McGarvey really did have something cool to say about low-budget, no-budget cameras like the iPhone 4...
"I was talking about how up and coming film makers have access to a whole range of new technologies which expand our options as filmmakers. I mentioned that the iPhone and the Canon 5d Mk2 were devices currently used on many Hollywood productions."
(concensus seems to be that he meant the iPhone 4 is being used to, you know, make calls on Hollywood sets)
Will the iPhone 4 ever really be used to shoot a Hollywood film? Honestly, the camera/phone's lack of manual controls, sensor size and form factor make that highly unlikely (although the iPhone 4S's camera is a nice camera upgrade). The camera just wouldn't be up to the task. Movies like this need high degrees of control -
But McGarvey's main point is a solid one; for aspiring filmmakers the iPhone 4+ is still a great tool to get you started. You could tell a story with this thing, and if you worked at it hard enough and smart enough most of your viewers wouldn't even think about what you shot with. Which is my definition of 'good enough.'
Check out this music video to see what I mean...
Anyone out there shooting with the iPhone 4 right now??? Leave a COMMENT below and let us know about it...