This Is the First Full-Length Movie Filmed With a Smartphone

A still from the film. [Photo: Hooman Khallili on Kickstarter]
It’s crazy how much more advanced phone cameras have gotten over last few years. Five years ago, they were mere curiosities; today they can record HD video. Now a movie crew led by local disc jockey Hooman Khallili thinks that phone cameras are ready to shoot a full-length feature movie.

The film titled Olive was shot completely using a Nokia N8 mounted to a specially designed 35-mm lens, a RC helicopter, and even attached to a motorcycle side car. While it won’t be the first-ever film shot using a smartphone, Khallili hopes it will be the first to ever make it to the big screen. But to do that, Khallili has put up a $300,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter to help it get to 2,000+ movie theaters around the country.

Olive’s story centers around a little girl who does not speak and changes the lives of three strangers. It stars Gena Rowlands, John Scurti, Chris Maher, Ruby Alexander, and Randi Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister and former marketing director of Facebook).

The Nokia N8 was the last hurrah for Nokia’s Symbian-powered phones. The phone also featured a more notable 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss glass that could record 720p video. In the Kickstarter video embedded above, you can see 7 minutes of the movie (starting at 3:45), and the quality is just stunning. The sharp depth-of-field might just be the lenses doing their work; but all that great light, color, and detail are all the smartphone camera sensor’s doing.

If the final picture is as good as this early snippet, I wouldn’t mind see a bunch of new indie features shot on a phone camera. A smartphone camera could be a great alternative to expensive movie cameras and DSLRs.

[Olive: The Movie, Kickstarter]

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