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First ‘Hollywood’ feature shot on an iPhone to be shown at SXSW

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A still from iPhone thriller Uneasy Lies The Mind

LA production company produces psychological thriller on iPhones with $10,000 budget and gets nominated for an award at SXSW

Further proof that smartphone filmmaking is entering the mainstream can be seen this week when a film billed as ‘the first Hollywood narrative feature film shot entirely on an iPhone’ will be shown at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Uneasy Lies The Mind was made by Detention Films, ‘a Los Angeles based production company that thrives in visual storytelling’ and makes anything from 30-second commercials to feature films.

“We weren’t shooting with the iPhone to be cool.  We shot on the iPhone because the look it created fit perfectly with the story we were trying to tell,” says director Ricky Fosheim.

We could argue that there have been other narrative features already shot on an iPhone, such as Rideshare, and making this claim is simply a publicity gimmick. Can anyone define Hollywood these days? Detention Films are based there, but are they a ‘Hollywood’ studio per se?

Uneasy Lies The Mind is described as a tense psychological thriller set in the freezing Mammoth Lakes in California. Shot exclusively on iPhones using alens adaptor and the fantastic FiLMiC Pro 2 app, it tells the tale of how a man’s sanity slowly unravels during a couple’s retreat to his isolated winter mansion when he is hit over the head during a violent robbery and left to die.

What is not in question is the excellent production values displayed in the trailer. The film was reportedly shot on a budget of  just $10,000 (£6,000).

“The images we created with Uneasy Lies the Mind are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The unique aesthetic worked because it helped facilitate the story,” he told Computerworld’s Jonny Evans.

While filming the 88-minute film, Fosheim and his crew quickly realised the fact that these particular mobile devices don’t work very well in cold temperatures – so had to stuff them under their armpits between takes.

“The iPhone does not operate very well in extremely cold temperatures, the iPhone battery would only last for 2-3 minutes before dying,” says Fosheim.

The iPhone movie is competing for the main title design prize at this year’s SXSW, and up against some pretty daunting competition including ‘blockbusters’ such as True Detective, Pacific Rim and The Lego Movie.

We wish it well and look forward to seeing Uneasy Lies The Mind in cinemas in 2014.

• Source doc: Hollywood’s first all-iPhone movie hits SXSW



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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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