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October 21 2011

The Avengers? Yeah some of it was filmed with an iPhone. This, according to Seamus McGarvey, the director of photography for Marvel Studios' Joss Whedon-directed superhero flick. ETA: Turns out he was misquoted, Seamus tells the Hollywood Reporter "[it] was edited to read that I shot some of the film with the iPhone. This is not true."

So the question is, which shots in the trailer?
But 1080p recording was only released with iPhone 4S :P
That's pretty cool. To think of how many filmmaking tools are now in the hands of the average fan/amateur filmmaker in this day and age is staggering.

[ edited by MrArg on 2011-10-21 15:43 ]
....and now I'm regretting going with a cheap android phone...
As if I needed another reason to go back and watch the trailer (yet again). I hope someone finds out the trailer shots in question. (I'm going to guess it is the flashes of the Hulk. Ruffalo wasn't kidding when he said it would be him, and not cgi.)
Skytteflickan88, Apple has generally been behind the market leaders in specs. My Android, HTC Desire, was miles ahead of the then 3GS when I bought it and the 4 more or less caught up when it came out. The latest iPhone 4S has gone to 1080P but many Android phones have had that for a while.
And don't get me started about Siri. My 'Droid has had that for six months.
You can get many Android phones a lot cheaper and lower spec than the iPhone, but you can get some which are the same price and better...

But even without phones today'd filmmakers have never had it so good. Even old Windows XP had video editing software, Movie Maker, as standard (with 7 it is a free download from MS) and consumer camcorders capable of recording in HD have been out for ages, even some with interchangable lenses!
All you need is a good script, actors, lighting, sound and director. Keven Smith made Clerks for IIRC $27000 but I assume a huge chunk of that was film and processing. Today it could be done for far less.
The 'splody cars scene? Shot on a tabletop, entirely with an iPhone.
Well, at least we know that that hollywood tentpole budget is being put to good use... ;)

And yeah - I will admit to getting a certain kick out of each time Apple decides to release a "new", "innovative" feature for one of its products. Also, the burgeoning sense of awe and wonder that follows among my many Apple-reliant friends is usually almost enough to make me forget that the enthusiasm is almost always 3-5 (if not more) years behind the curve.
Yeah but if I go to the cinema and see that narrow footage screen like I do on YouTube, I'm walking out.
Back on topic - portions of 1:12-1:20. I'd bet my life on it* (close quarters, lack of steadycam, little to no visual effects to worry about.)


* if my name was Humperdinck.

[ edited by brinderwalt on 2011-10-22 03:56 ]
It turns out that Seamus McGarvey was misquoted. From The Hollywood Reporter:

"I was talking about how up and coming film makers have access to a whole range of new technologies which expand our options as filmmakers. I mentioned that the iPhone and the Canon 5d Mk2 were devices currently used on many Hollywood productions. I used the Canon on some shots on Marvel's The Avengers movie," he stated to THR. "Unfortunately, this was edited to read that I shot some of the film with the iPhone. This is not true."
Thanks Wilhelm, I edited the entry with the clarification.
That makes much more sense - having worked quite extensively with the 5D MkII since it first came out, it truly is amazing what the thing is capable of doing (especially with something as simple as a 50mm f/1.2 lens on it.)

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