Inspired by filmmaker Anthony Q. Artis after hearing his chat with Pop Tech Jam’s roving correspondent Jocelyn Gonzales on Episode 49? Grab your iPhone and head to the App Store.
As shown below, Nexvio’s $2 8mm Vintage Camera app offers plenty of retro film effects (see a demo here) and an easy-to-use interface. Artis even used the app for parts of a Thomson-DiPalma shampoo commercial.
FiLMiC Pro, a $5 app from Cinegenix LLC, is another great tool for shooting high-definition movies with your iPhone. The app offers a 4x zoom, 15 presets and easy uploading to popular video-sharing sites. You can see what FiLMiC Pro can do here.
Tilt-shift photography — which is often used to make scenes appear miniaturized — has been around for decades and is another technique that has found a place in video as well. The free Miniatures: Tilt Shift Time Lapse Videos app from Hit Rolls is a great way to experiment with the style and you can get an eyeful of what it can do here. (A more full-featured Pro version of the app is also available for $5.)
If you’re interested in shooting video and not quite sure how to jump in, check out The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide. It may take some time before your inner Kathryn Bigelow or Spike Lee comes busting out, but hey, it’s never been easier to get rolling.