Marvel’s upcoming movie, The Avengers, will be coming to theaters in 2012. If you go watch the film on the big screen, remember that some of the scenes were shot with an Apple iPhone 4 camera at 720p. Seamus McGarvey, the cinematographer for The Avengers, claims that some of the scenes in the film were shot using an iPhone 4. “The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand,” he told IFTN in a recent interview. “I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film.”
The fact that big movie companies, such as Marvel, are producing films with smartphone cameras is astounding. Just four years ago, iPhones did not even record video. It wasn’t until the release of the iPhone 3GS that the devices started recording video (in low-res, that is). Pretty soon, more companies will join Marvel and Universal Studios in filming movies with smartphones. With the newest release of the iPhone 4S, the camera got even better. In four more years, almost every movie can be filmed in a back yard for hardly any cost at all on a professional-quality iPhone camera.