Culture iOS iPhones Music, , , , , , , , — March 30, 2012 15:07 — 1 Comment

Camp 4 Collective’s music video shot on iPhone 4S scales new heights

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Singer-songwriterGillianChaseshinesin her music video produced by Camp 4 Collective

Once in a while we discover a music video shot on iPhone that blows our socks off and this one, made by adventure film-makersCamp 4 Collective, for singer-songwriter Gillian Chase is what we are talking about this week.

A late entry into this year’s iPhone Film Festival, Chase’s video for her song Don’t Know why is breathtakingly awesome.

And here’s why. Camp 4Collectivearenoordinaryfilm-makers. Widely respected as one of the best action-adventure crews in the business, the team comprises some of the world’s best climber-photographers – Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, and Tim Kemple – all high altitude dudes who have filmed in some of the world’s most extreme locations.

Check out their recent doc Alone on the Wall with free solo rock climber Alex Honnold on Moonlight Buttress, one of the largest mountain walls in North America, for an example of their day job.

Speaking about the qualities of shooting on the iPhone 4S, Kemple, who directed the music video, told National Geographic website: “The first digital video cameras we took with us into the mountains four years ago — to Pakistan — were shooting lower resolution and weighed significantly more. But even bigger than that to me is the idea that you can always have this camera with you — no set up, no setting down your backpack.”

As we know, the smartphone is pretty ideal for documenting your adventures — or shooting a music video.

The location for Chase’s video was the jaw-dropping desolation that is Great Salt Lake in Utah and Kemple said the video footage was shot exclusively on the iPhone 4S’s video camera. The end result is amazing, the light for one, and depth and richness of the video really puts it above anything we have seen so far.

iPhone 4S, Camp 4 Collective

It's amazing what you can do with an iPhone 4S. Photo courtesy of National Geographic

“We intentionally shot in the evening hours when we knew the light would look beautiful – and as amazing as the new camera on the 4S is, the new software update (iOS5) available on any iPhone really let us play with the camera in ways we couldn’t before. The new iOS lets you lock focus/exposure/and White Balance. That really let us control the look of the footage we were getting, “ Kemple told National Geographic.

For Camp 4 Collective the music video was an opportunity to try something different, a world a way from being stuck in Patagonia in the middle of a snowstorm, gripping onto a thin ledge for dear life.

“It was a fun project we did in a couple afternoons after work,” said Kemple. “Everyone we knew was talking about these new fancy cameras from RED and Canon, and we were excited for them, too. But that got me thinking … I wonder what this thing in my pocket can do? It was also a way for us to get out of the studio and come together to make something creative.”

Chase, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter,  said on her Gillian ChaseFacebook page she is “stoked” by the response to the video, which has had more than 40,000 views since it was posted on Apple’s hotnews blog and featured on the National Geographic website.

“The footage from the camera is 1080p,” Kemple told National Geographic in a ’making of interview’. “And in the right conditions you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between it and any other camera.

“It’s really not until you try and do heavy colour work or if you shoot it in dark situations (where the small sensor shows it weakness) that the footage starts to fall apart. We chose to edit this video in 720p because it gave us the freedom to crop in on some of the shots, do zooms, as well as fix any crooked horizons. We’ve watched it here on our big television at the studio, and it looks fantastic.”

We have watched it constantly on Vimeo and agree — it does look fantastic.

Check it out for yourself — and the National Geographic link at the bottom of page for more of Kemple’s great tips on how to shoot a professional video.

Source doc: Tech: Shoot a Better iPhone Adventure Video With Tips From Camp 4



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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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