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How to get CINEMATIC FOOTAGE on an IPHONE


– Hey guys, what is going on? In this video, we’re talking about how you can get cinematic footage with your iPhone or any other smart phone. (upbeat music) All right guys, there is a ton of footage out there being
shot on smart phones, on iPhones, that just looks awful. And the reason is people are shooting with their phone as if it’s a phone. Now, as filmmakers, we want to make sure that we get the best results out of this because this is in our
pockets all the time. I mean, the phone is
with us everywhere we go and it has an awesome camera,
especially the new iPhones. Wouldn’t you rather get really
awesome footage every time that you shoot with your iPhone rather than get really bad, just, not very cinematic footage? So I’ve put together a
list of some awesome tips that you guys can do to make your footage just look a lot better
when you’re shooting. And some of it comes
down to just pre-planning and thinking about your shots, rather than just holding the camera up to your face. When people use smart phones, they will use smart phones like this where it’s always just right
in front of their face, pointing, so you gotta
get out of the mentality of always having the phone at eye level and just hand holding. I know these things have great stabilizers but it doesn’t mean that every shot needs to be handheld at eye level. And that’s the key. As soon as you break that, you’re gonna start getting
different results with your phone that are gonna start
looking more cinematic. I really want to show you
what I’m talking about so I went out with my buddy Mike. He helps me out on the past on a lot of these kinds of videos. We went out and shot a little scene. I came up with a very basic scene. It’s basically him on a
skateboard, riding home. He gets home, he looks at the sunset. That is the basic premise
of what we’re doing. And so, I want to shoot it two ways. The first way is with the iPhone in a very uncinematic way, so just shooting the iPhone
at eye level just like this, and here are the results. (upbeat music) That looks pretty awful, doesn’t it? But that’s what a lot of the footage is looking like that you see. And especially in places,
like, Instagram Stories, you’re just seeing a lot of this, it’s vertical of course, but you’re just seeing this. It’s just of the person’s view. Putting some thought
behind what the story is and actually coming up with
some unique ways to shoot it, that makes it look more cinematic. All right, so let me show
you what I’m talking about before we go over the tips on how to make your footage cinematic. So here is the same scene, but I put more thought, I put more planning into it and I used a lot more cinematic techniques to film the scene. (upbeat music) So, what do you guys think? Do you think that looks more cinematic than the first time I shot the scene? Honestly, it makes such a difference when you start planning and using different cinematic techniques. So let’s just dive right into this. Okay, so the first thing
is shooting b-roll. I started with a shot
that just shows the trees just to start and give you
a sense of where we’re at. So even just starting with a shot and doing something with
a different perspective, you start to feel like you’re
watching more of a story rather than just, you know, a
phone in front of your face. So b-roll is important and I have a video all about
the importance of b-roll. If you haven’t had a chance
to check that out yet, I put a link in the description. Go check that video out. Another big point is
if you notice the color and exposure is very different
between the two times I shot. So, you want to use an app on your phone that’s gonna allow you to
control all your settings. You want to shoot manual and that’s a big thing that filmmakers do, is they shoot manual. So you want to have complete
control over your camera. When you’re shooting in just
the camera on an iPhone, it basically automates everything and it, you know, it works pretty well for just picking up the camera and shoot. But if you want to make
something feel more cinematic, you’re gonna wanna use an app that allows you to control the settings. So the app I use is FiLMiC Pro and it works really well. It literally gives you
complete manual control over everything that
you want in the camera. And with FiLMiC Pro,
there is settings in there that allow you to change the color so you’re not just
shooting overly saturated and overly contrasted. So I chose, in this video, a log profile that allows you to basically
color grade it later. So that gets into the next point and that is color grading your footage in post will give you
more of a cinematic look because you have more
control over the image. So what I did is I shot
everything pretty flat and then I brought it into my software and I used luts to basically put on a look to make it more cinematic. And you can do these yourself. If you want to dive into color grading or if you just want to get quick results and make it look really good, you can find different
luts that you really like that are very cinematic. And with your manual controls, you know have control
over, say, your focus. And that’s a big thing with phones. The sensor size is tiny. To be able to get some depth of field, which depth of field is when
things are in the background are out of focus and
things in the foreground are in focus and vice versa. So, when you start having objects that are in focus and things out of focus, that’s when you get a very cinematic look. You don’t have as much control when you’re in the auto settings but when you’re in the manual settings, you’re able to draw your focus, get the camera close, bring the focus to an object that’s right there and now you have this depth of field. So focus is very important
to create the cinematic look. All right, let’s get into camera movement. And this is one of those things that’s super important. Move your camera like you would
a cinematic, bigger camera. Put it on a slider, put it on a gimbal. Put it up in a drone. Find different ways to move
the camera through space that allows you to have more
control over the movement rather than walking with it. And when you put the
camera on these objects and move the camera just slightly, just a little bit, it creates such a more cinematic looks than if you were to be
doing really fast whips and things like that. Jerky movements aren’t cinematic so avoid all jerky movements. You want slow, methodical,
very thought out movements. Okay, let’s talk about angles. And this is a huge one and you saw it all over
in this little sample that I showed you, is that when you get a
different perspective. So you get just the wheel or you get a very low shot in the ground with the grass in the foreground. You’re gonna change the way that the whole feeling of the piece looks. When you’re shooting, you wanna think, “What can I do to get a
different shot of this subject?” So it might be getting high, looking down. It might be getting down and looking up. It may be getting a perspective from inside the railing, looking out. You have to find your environment and see where you can put your phone that gets a different perspective because that’s how you
get that cinematic look. It’s not just lens tricks. It’s thinking about how the
story’s gonna come together and how the shots are gonna
play against each other. Okay, and one last
thing that I wanna cover is I was using a few lenses on the front element of this. I picked up some of these little… What that does is allows you to change the way that the lens works. I was using the wide lens, especially when I latched
it onto the skateboard. So it gives you a different perspective. There’s different
elements that you can put in front of your lens that will change the quality of the overall feel and
look of the footage. At the end of the day, it comes down to the filmmaker’s mindset. You need to put that
filmmaker’s thinking cap on. When you start thinking like a filmmaker, you start thinking of how things are all gonna work together. That’s when your piece will
start feeling more cinematic, no matter what camera you work with. All right guys. Make sure you hit that subscribe button. If you haven’t already,
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camera tutorials coming at ya. Also, come check us out
on Instagram @wanderworx. We’ve got lots of awesome
photography over there. If there’s anything you’re interested in, in filmmaking, photography,
any sort of tutorial, please reach out. Leave me a comment below and guys, I will see you on the next one. (upbeat music)

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