This is the first full-length movie filmed with a smartphone

Olive hopes be the first smartphone filmed movie to be shown in theaters

It's crazy how much more advanced phone cameras have gotten over last few years. Five years ago, they were mere curiosities; today they can record HD video. Now a movie crew led by local disc jockey Hooman Khallili thinks that phone cameras are ready to shoot a full-length feature movie.

The film titled Olive was shot completely using a Nokia N8 mounted to a specially designed 35-mm lens, a RC helicopter, and even attached to a motorcycle side car. While it won't be the first-ever film shot using this particular or any smartphone, Khallili hopes it will be the first to ever make it to the big screen. But to do that, Khallili has put up a $300,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter to help it get to 2,000+ movie theaters around the country.

Olive's story centers around a little girl who does not speak and changes the lives of three strangers. It stars Gena Rowlands, John Scurti, Chris Maher, Ruby Alexander, and Randi Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg's sister and former marketing director of Facebook).

The Nokia N8 was the last hurrah for Nokia's Symbian-powered phones. The phone also featured a more notable 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss glass that could record 720p video. In the Kickstarter video embedded above, you can see 7 minutes of the movie (starting at 3:45), and the quality is just stunning. The sharp depth-of-field might just be the lenses doing their work; but all that great light, color, and detail are all the smartphone camera sensor's doing.

If the final picture is as good as this early snippet, I wouldn't mind see a bunch of new indie features shot on a phone camera. A smartphone camera could be a great alternative to expensive movie cameras and DSLRs.

[ Olive: The Movie, Kickstarter ]

Like this? You might also enjoy...

Get your GeekTech on: Twitter - Facebook - RSS | Tip us off

Tags symbianconsumer electronicsPhonesNokiasmartphonesFacebookentertainment

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Kevin Lee

PC World (US online)

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?