We’ll admit that we love a psychological thriller as much as the next guy, but the fact that Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Unsane, looks (from the trailer above) to be enormous fun is not the big news. It’s the fact that he shot the whole thing on iPhone, or on the iPhone, if you prefer—though we haven’t been told which model exactly.
It turns out that the Ocean’s Eleven director is completely sold on the video capabilities of Apple’s device, telling IndieWire: “People forget, this is a 4K capture. I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet. This is a gamechanger to me.” (OK, so we know that, at the very least, he used an iPhone 6s and or iPhone 6s Plus, which is when 4K was first introduced.)
There’s little doubt that Soderbergh’s team used all manner of fancy pro lighting, audio and stabilization gear, but all the same, it’s an impressive achievement. “I think this is the future,” the director says. “Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit.” Incidentally, Soderbergh doesn’t claim to be the first to shoot a whole movie on iPhone, but he’s surely the most high-profile director to do it.
So just in case you thought putting an iPhone in a housing and shooting underwater video was an unsane idea, it might not be long before a feature-length underwater flick shot entirely on Apple’s ubiquitous gadget comes to a cinema near you.
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