Everything you need to make a polished, professional movie using just your iPhone and a few key gear purchases.
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The barrier to entry into the theater is lower than it’s ever been thanks to your iPhone and a few key accessories. And iPhone cinematography isn’t relegated to independent directors – Steven Soderbergh shot his films “Unsane” and “High Flying Bird” on an iPhone and even told IndieWire in 2018 that he would likely continue to do so.
“I think it’s the future,” he said at the time. “Anyone who will see [âUnsaneâ] who has no idea what the production’s backstory is will have no idea it was shot over the phone. It is not part of vanity. Soderbergh added: âPeople forget that this is a 4K capture. [device]. I saw him 40 feet tall. Looks like velvet. It is a game-changer for me.
Want to channel your inner Soderbergh? You’ll of course need an iPhone to get started, and a few other gear choices below that will help you make your independent movie or documentary or whatever else you plan to shoot as polished and professional as possible. For more movie-making essentials, be sure to read our roundup of budget sound equipment.
Gimbal for DJI Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone
Whether you’re shooting with a smartphone or a traditional camera, it’s always nice to have stable footage. The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is one of the best reviewed and most affordable options out there. This is a three-axis gimbal that helps reduce jittery images for smoother and more stable results, and perfect for making movies on iPhone. Plus, it’s stylish and portable enough to slip into your backpack and take anywhere.
Rode VideoMicro camera with Rycote Lyre shock mount
The Rode VideoMicro has all the necessary features of a smartphone microphone: it is compact (3 inches), lightweight (1.5 ounces) and designed to enhance the audio quality of your device. This mini directional microphone features the standard frequency range of 100Hz to 20kHz and reduces peripheral sounds while isolating the audio in front of the camera. To use it with an iPhone, you will need a Rode SC7 3.5mm TRS to TRRS patch cable to connect to your device.
IPhone Lens Kit
Lenses are essential for making movies on iPhone. Amazon’s choice for the “iPhone Lens Kit” comes with a 0.36X and 0.63X wide angle lens, 20X and 15X macro lens, telephoto zoom, 198 degree fisheye lens, CPL filter, a starburst lens and a kaleidoscope lens for all your lens needs. The clip-on design means you don’t need an extra stand, and the carrying case allows you to keep them safe and dust-free when not in use.
MOment anamorphic lens accessory
Over 400 users give this anamorphic lens accessory for phone cameras a 4.5 star rating. Using a Moment Case (only $ 49.99 on Amazon) or an m Series lens mount ($ 25.49 on Amazon), attach this lens to your iPhone for a big screen look (1.33x and 2: 40: 1) on your camera phone. It comes with a lifetime warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee with your lens, lens cap and microfiber carrying bag.
Solar Charger, 20000mAh Portable Outdoor Waterproof Solar Power Bank
Now that your camera is sorted, you will need a portable power supply if you want to shoot for a long time. Pick up a few of these solar power banks to make sure you’re covered. They are resistant to rain, dirt and shock, and are compatible with all smartphones, tablets and other USB devices. The attached carabiner makes them eminently portable, and the dual USB lets you easily charge two smartphones simultaneously or a tablet at full speed. (The main way to charge is via USB, but solar power is a good backup.)
UBeesize phone tripod
Depending on what you’re looking for in terms of camera stability and placement, we’ve got a few different recommendations for tripods and rigs. This 51 inch tripod is a good all-rounder, and it comes with a built-in cell phone mounting bracket and a Bluetooth smartphone remote control. It supports smartphones and small cameras weighing up to 2.2 pounds, easily folds up to 16 â³ for transport, can adjust from 16 â³ to 50 â³ in seconds for quick setup, and features Separate locking controls for smooth pan, tilt and movement from horizontal to vertical orientation of the camera.
ULANZI U Rig Pro Smartphone Video Platform
If you want stability on the go, this rig comes with three standard shoe racks and two 1/4 â³ -20 universal threads, which means you can mount LED lights and microphones next to your smartphone. .
DREAMGRIP Evolution 2020 PRO Universal Modular Convertible Rigging System
This platform is 100% compatible with all new smartphones and designed for professionals – there is room for external lights, microphones, monitors, etc. It’s a modular system, so there are plenty of options for custom configurations to suit your task, and is compatible with most other photo / video extensions and media (including carts, mobile platforms, arrows, pan stabilizers, handles, etc.). It features a detachable 37-17mm thread adapter to ensure compatibility with a wide range of Eternal lenses (17 and 37mm thread), optical accessories including DoF adapters (37mm thread), filters and covers (thread 52 and 37 mm).
UHF Wireless Microphone System
You’ve taken care of the visuals, now it’s time for the audio. This wireless microphone system features a standard 1/4 â³ jack that works with mixers, PA speakers and amplifiers, but can be converted for use with your iPhone using a cable Lightning / Type-C adapter (not included). The package includes three adapters (two TRS adapters and one TRRS adapter), three microphones (one headset mic, one hand-held mic, and one lapel mic), a multi-functional tripod, a windshield and windshield cable. charged. These mics can transmit up to 300 â² without feedback or distortion as long as there are no obstacles in the way (less if there is).
Ampridge MightyMic Pro Wireless Clip-on Microphone
For a seamless experience with your iPhone, these clip mics have a 30 â² range and pair directly to your phone or tablet. The rechargeable battery lasts up to nine hours of use and can be paired with an external battery.
UBeesize Tripod S, high-end flexible tripod with wireless remote control
This flexible option is perfect if you’re on the go – it features a high-quality metal ball joint to support even the heaviest phone, and the wireless remote helps you take photos from a distance. You can use with iPhones and Samsung phones, or, using an adapter, digital cameras and GoPro’s.
LaCie Rugged USB-C 5TB External Hard Drive Portable Hard Drive
Okay, so you’ve filmed your footage, but you’ll need a place to store it. This Rugged player uses a USB C connection (and comes with a USB 3.0 adapter) for fast file transfer, backups, and picture browsing, and it’s resistant to drops, crushes, and rain. Plus, it comes with a two-year limited warranty, emergency data recovery services, and a free one-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps Plan.