Filming with phones and vloggers who have done it to great effects

Making films was once a craft that was reserved only for a select few. But there’s a James Cameron or Steven Spielberg in almost all of us, dying to put forward their stories for the world to savor. Thanks to improved technology and handy smartphones, movie making has now broken its “elite” tag since even the masses can try their hands to create and release movies for audiences across the globe. Some belief iPhone 6S and SE to be the ideal choice for filmmaking, while some others may opt for the Samsung Galaxy S6, iPhone 6 Plus, LG G4, and iPhone 6. For those who plan to use an alone device for shooting and editing, iPads are believed to be the easiest.


Vloggers era

Quite a few vloggers even prefer using the iPhone X, 8+ and 8, all of which are capable of shooting 1080p videos at 240fps slow motion as well as 4K videos at 60fps. A handful of this new breed of smartphone empowered filmmakers even prefers using the iPhone 7 and 7+ due to their better low-light performance and battery life as compared to the 6S. The added advantage of the 7+ is its dual camera that’s ideal for taking first-class telephoto shots. However, the absence of headphone sockets is a dampener in the 7 and 7+, and despite including a Lightning to headphone adapter, filmmakers may still find some of their audio accessories not fitting into these.


Smart devices

Yet, the range of features that these smartphones and smart devices bring to the table, together with their easy integration with several video editing apps, make them ideal for modern filmmakers and vloggers who need a user-friendly equipment to shoot their stories. By using these smartphones and smart devices with accessories like microphones and tripod clamps, movies can be shot like a pro. And that’s exactly many vloggers and wannabe filmmakers are doing these days.

Though this trend of “mobile filmmaking” emerged first more as a hobby and the strong urge of doing something that was 'interesting and different,' today it has evolved into a genuine industry having all the elements usually associated with traditional movies – from the stars and their fans, to the tremendous business potential that comes from it.

Nowadays stars

Shane Dawson – a YouTube star, mainly uses his second channel – share, to post mostly comedic vlogs. All his YouTube channels collectively have garnered 4+ billion views and 23+ million subscribers as of March 2018. In 2014, he directed and acted in Not Cool – a comedy flick. In 2015, he also released a short film titled “I Hate Myselfie.”

Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla – who created the super successful Smosh YouTube channel, released “Smosh: The Movie” in 2015. Apart from acting in the film, the duo was its executive producer as well. Belonging to the comedy genre, this feature film did exceptionally well, beyond what was expected, thanks to the duo’s massive fan base of over 20 million.

If you have always wanted to tell your story à la film, it’s time to get inspired by these vloggers, bring home a smartphone or smart device ideal for the job, and start shooting. Good luck!

Future of movie industry: Viewing experience like never before

When it comes to flourishing businesses, there’s one thing in common: a robust pool of customers. The movie industry is no exception. Today, moviegoers have lots of alternate entertainment options including streaming services, shortened release windows and big-screen home theaters. Thus, it has become immensely crucial for theater chains to come up with more enhanced audience experience than what it offers today and which the viewers won’t be able to experience anywhere apart from theaters. This is the only way to ensure the audience continues watching movies in the theaters in future.

3D has already become a household name and 4D, 5D, 7D and 9D are now appearing to woo the world of cinegoers. What do these actually mean and how do they impact viewing experience? Let’s have a quick rundown.

4D It incorporates physical motion of things around the viewers and the seat they’re sitting on, along with the effects of a 3D movie.

5D 5D cinema is one step ahead of 4D. It offers effects of 4D movies coupled with various special effects such as water droplets, smoke effects, wind etc.

7D It’s an interactive form of cinema. You can use a toy gun to shoot the monsters. Though relatively new, this format not only makes the audience engagement stronger but even more exciting and more immersive at the same time.

9D In this format, viewers only need to wear VR glasses and step into the world of movies. It eliminates the fine line between the real and virtual world and sets viewing experience a class apart.

The “wow” factor

The movie industry has never failed to surprise its viewers with an introduction of innovations that made movie viewing a pleasant and cherishable experience. People flock to watch these advanced formats on the big screens as there’s more to it than regular 3D ones, which can be commonly seen in the theaters. Alluring special effects like moving seats, water sprays, foam sprays etc make the entire experience more interesting and immersive than ever. The movie durations are quite shorter, thus paving way for more shows each day, making these viable options for theater owners. In addition, the seating capacity can easily accommodate small families to have fun together, making it a perfect option to consider in multiplexes, malls, exhibitions and public places where people often gather in large numbers with friends and family. These formats don’t need huge spaces to work with, which substantiates the fact that there’s no need for big capital investment.

The key reason behind the increasing success of these formats is the fact that these allow the audience to feel as if they’re an integral part of the film. The experience offers more for the viewers’ minds to ogle at, experience, which in turn encourage them for a return visit. For investors, more shows are synonymous to more revenue and because of the short duration of these formats, running the same films can earn them more revenue. In addition, people who walk out of the theater will be talking about the amazing experience, which would help in word-of-the-mouth publicity and act as free advertisement for the theater owners and investors without the need of spending an additional dime.

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