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On the set of Olive. Photograph: Golnaz Shahmirzadi

● Nokia-shot feature film about little girl who won’t talk will get a theatrical release in time for Oscars race

● It had to happen sooner or late, the only surprise is that it is not an iPhone film, but let’s not take anything away from the Nokia N8, we have consistently praised the quality of its camera — so good luck Olive!

Behind the scenes of Olive, first feature-length film to be shot on a smartphone

● Get a first look of Olive here:


Powered by article titled “Olive, first film to be shot entirely on Smartphone, heads to cinemas” was written by Henry Barnes, for on Friday 2nd December 2011 14.57 UTC

The first feature film shot entirely on a smartphone will have its theatrical premiere in Los Angeles on 16 December.

Olive, billed as a film about “a little girl who transforms the lives of three people without speaking one word”, was filmed on a Nokia N8, which was double-taped to a set of traditional film-camera lenses.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, director Hooman Khalili described how he had to hack the phone to turn off its auto-zoom and auto-focus features in order to get the technology to behave as he wanted. “The camera thinks it knows what you want to focus on,” he said. “But it doesn’t know.”

The rest of the film’s production was more conventional. Khalili hired a casting director, location scouts, make-up artists and a Hollywood star (two-time Oscar nominee Gena Rowlands), bringing the total budget up to 0,000. The money was supplied by Chris Kelly, former chief privacy officer at Facebook, when Nokia turned down Khalili’s request for funding.

While he is the first to go full-length, Khalili is not alone in experimenting with mobile movie-making. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook announced that he was filming a 30-minute short on the iPhone earlier this year. His film, called Paranmanjang (Korean for “a life full of ups and downs”), is a fantasy horror about a troubled father-daughter relationship.

Olive will be screened at the Laemmle Fallbrook 7 cinema in West Hills, LA, making it eligible for consideration in the Oscars race. The first five minutes of the film are available to watch above and on the official Olive website. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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