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How ten years of the iPhone has revolutionised film creation


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The iPhone turned 10 yesterday, and it brought many changes to the mobile panorama in this decade. Among them, amateur movie making is surely one of the most remarkable.

According to a survey from statista, there are more than two billion smartphone users around the world, with predictions for 2020 estimating a surge up to nearly three billion.

If we consider that almost all of these gadgets are equipped with a camera of some sort, the impact on mobile filming becomes quite clear.

According to Steve Pinhay, Met Film School’s Head of Screen Enterprise, Film Schools today can be divided into two types: pre-and post-Steve Jobs.

Schools that retain the old passion for paper scripts and traditional ways of filming, and schools that have embraced the “multi-platform content academies”, encouraging their students to produce films that can be enjoyed across a multiplicity of platforms.

Mr Pinhay believes that despite the fact traditional ways of producing films are still in use, an increasingly higher number of film schools are encouraging students to experiment with the “world of screen with a small ‘s’”, and the consequences of this are already visible in the film-making scene.

As shown in this paper from Met Film School on the future of film education, directors and film-makers already have to deal with a multi-platform, multi-screen and multi-skilled world, “one of Carpool Karaoke, big ticket SVOD and the never-ending video stream”.

According to Mr Pinhay, Film School as we know it started in the 1960s. In the US, Coppola, Scorsese and Lucas headed to NYU and UCLA. In the UK, Kubrick attended the National Film School in 1971.

Today nearly everybody has a phone with a built-in camera and a YouTube account. We now live in an age of mass content and film school alumni can come with experience in several different channels. “Smart students”, Mr Pinhay said, “should be open to a career in a world of screen stories that range from the 24 part epic to the 24 second Facebook ad”.

In this light, it is obvious how smart an iPhone can be. It carries a lot of power; it’s the perfect medium to exchange information and enables users to communicate and receive research results within a fraction of a moment.

For film schools in particular, it means content streaming. It is an instant audio-visual library complete with perfect stop/start and a connection to Apple TV. A drastic change for old-school film-makers, but a revolutionary one at that.

Do you embrace this change or still believe in classical forms of film-making? Let us know in the comments.

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