Smartphone is used to be that a mobile phone was just a mobile phone

Smartphone is used to be that a mobile phone was just a mobile phone. It made calls and that was it. It has many more uses than that today, but one of the most interesting is its use to the filmmaking world. It may be hard to believe, but many films and videos are shot on regular everyday mobile phones, not expensive film or digital cameras. There are many advantages to shooting on a mobile phone camera, there are of course disadvantages as well but they are definitely a viable option for independent filmmakers today (Ellis 2012).
Smartphone technologies are increasingly playing a major part in film production, distribution and reception (Atkinson 2016). Smartphones with a great camera and the ability to record high definition video are no longer difficult to find – in fact they’re everywhere (Harrel 2013). From creating a short movie to reporting an important event, today’s smartphones can actually come close to the video capturing capabilities of a camcorder (Singal 2012).
Filming on a phone also allows more risks to be taken as there’s less money at stake. And because of their size and portability, smartphones can film almost anywhere, which potentially allows for shots that a traditional camera couldn’t get (Rogerson 2015). The iPhone also is reshaping video journalism, especially across Europe, where news organizations are using the iPhone video camera for an increasing number of stories — and live stand-ups, selfie stick in hand — because the mobile journalist can shoot, edit and share on one device (Pierini 2015).
Smartphone cameras are highly capable, always-available tools that are beginning to earn the respect of filmmakers for good reason. Sure, stunning images come easier to dedicated cameras, with their better innards and high quality optics. But more than that goes into a great production. If you’re shooting on a phone, focus on getting all the other stuff right. Good lighting. Good composition. And, of course, good storytelling. If you have that last one, even the smallest camera can make a video worthy of the biggest screen. And, of course, don’t forget to turn off your ringer (Montana 2011). The best moments in life often come unannounced and you want to store them somewhere more than just in your memory (Singal 2012).
Filmmaking with smartphones is a tricky business but with a little knowledge and good practice you can achieve impressive results. After all, the camera on a Smartphone, mostly, is no different from any other camera. It is important to learn the fundamentals of basic photography and filmmaking to achieve a quality video. With a little practice these principles will become second nature and you will do them as a matter of course (Sheppard 2017).
“I think smartphone filmmaking is going to bring more people to moving making,” says Mess, who has made five films, all on iPhone, and has won several awards at mobile film festivals. “The change has already happened. Everyone is shooting video on the streets, on vacation and at events. I go to masterclasses and conferences to show people what can be done with a smartphone if you are obsessive enough.” (Pierini 2015).
Even if you believe the more expensive equipment wins the quality argument, good writing, acting — or in the case of documentary film, a good story — quality audio and lighting are the elements that carry and engage the viewer (Pierini 2015). Since so many people have access to the technology, this seems like the next logical step, and phone cameras have already come a long way in terms of quality. Soon enough we may see a generation of filmmakers turning to this type of technology in order to get their story across, because it’s important not to forget that it isn’t the technology you’re telling the story with that’s important, but the story itself (Ellis 2012).