See why the iPhone is changing the cinematic landscape
Feb 4, 2023 - Feb 5, 2023
Workshop Fee: $375
Class Size: 12
Note: This Course will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets 10am-6pm ET.
The iPhone has become a dynamic tool in filmmaking. Two recent high-profile feature films made for theatrical release – one by Steven Soderbergh, the other a Sundance hit – were shot entirely on iPhones. While iPhone users have long been aware of their ability to create spontaneous films, what are the implications for using this tool to create non-fiction, fiction, and experimental films? How is it changing the cinematic landscape? Join us and find out. Expect a fascinating weekend rich in experimentation.
In the early 1960s, the French New Wave changed the face of international filmmaking with a new aesthetic and attitude – one made possible by the portability of new lightweight cameras. The iPhone and its sister devices are changing the game again. Small enough to be convenient, economical, and discreet; powerful enough to allow for projection on a large screen, the iPhone offers new possibilities for portability and intimacy in filmmaking techniques.
Recommended for filmmakers, photographers, educators, journalists, and professionals. Using an iPhone (or a similar device or DSLR), participants will experiment with creating footage that demonstrates how this tool can be taken to a whole new level. The workshop will also explore inexpensive but powerful apps including FiLMiC Pro, lens and stabilization options, audio recording, accessories, and workflows for editing.
This intimate and immersive online workshop combines meeting as a small group in our virtual classroom via Zoom for lectures and demonstrations, and doing filming and editing exercises at your location. Students will edit their work using Adobe Premiere Pro. If you do not currently have this software, you can purchase it or avail yourself of a seven-day free trial.
NOTE: Participants should purchase the FiLMiC Pro app (approx. $15) which is available at the Apple App Store or via Google Play. While students can explore the essential dynamics of how to make more effective films with your phone or DSLR without purchasing additional attachments and equipment, the tuition reduction for the online version of this class will allow you to acquire some highly recommended gear to help you get the most out of your experience. The instructor’s equipment recommendations are listed here. She is also happy to suggest affordable options that will accommodate your budget.
Image Credit: Alexis Mpaka
Instructor: Anna Graham
Anna Graham is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and teacher based out of Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently an Instructor at Suffolk University and a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University, where she works with classes at a variety of skill levels, ranging in subject from traditional documentary filmmaking to 16mm filmmaking, iPhone filmmaking, and film editing. She also actively freelances as a camera operator, editor, producer, and sound recordist, working on films such as Julie Mallozzi’s Circle Up (2017) and Lucia Small’s Girl Talk (work in progress). Anna is currently working on a 16mm film documentary investigating the history of mental illness in the United States by researching and filming its former State Hospitals.