I'm jealous of kids these days, growing up I knew I always wanted to tell stories, but equipment was costly. Now, everyone practically has an HD camera in their pocket, so I wanted to challenge myself to see what I could produce with my iphone. Luckily, I teamed up with Ztylus and they sent me their Lenses adapter kit for the iPhone 6. It's a pretty cool device that revolves to provide for 4 different lenses options. A macro, wide, fisheye, and a circular Polarizer.
The script was something that I've had for a while. I wanted something that would be able to be shot in a few hours. My iphone isn't the best on batteries and was weary about finishing.
After unboxing the ZTYLUS, it attached easily to my iphone and I dug the sturdiness of the case.
Typically, the iPhone lenses have a wide view, but the wide angle on the Ztylus gave it this extra cinematic feel that I dug a lot. I used the Wide angle lenses attached for most of the shooting for this short.
I didnt' want the footage to be shaky so I took an attachment from a selfie stick, (No, I didn't own one prior) and used that to attach the iPhone to my tripod and slider. I think the result turned out nicely.
Cameras just keep getting smaller and smaller.
I was concerned about the quality of the HD image from the iphone, so I wanted to shoot a location that maybe could make up for it. I brought out the actors to Federal Hill in Baltimore for the iconic overlook. I think it was a perfect spot for a little romance. Unfortunately, it was crazy windy and I didn't have a proper sound guy, but I think the shot is still pretty epic.
As far as the performance of the iphone and the Ztylus lenses adapter, I think it supports my case for the fact that you can make anything these days with your phone. Yes, there were plenty of limitations, I learned in the future to shoot more things "center" framed as the iphone tends to have some warping on the edges that distort faces. The "wide angle" helped the situation. The Macro also was very useful for extremely close up shoots. I didnt' find the Fisheye in video mode that useful, but it was pretty awesome in picture mode. Overall, I was happy with it.