Mobile Film Making

Back in the day filming on location meant transporting a lot of equipment, cameras, lights and associated kit. It meant huge amounts of time setting up, lots of waiting around for front of camera talent and then a lot of time packing up and lugging it all back to base. Oh and did I mention the expense?


Things got a a little better with the advent of video enabled DSLR’s and much lighter and smaller LED lights. It still took some time to set up but the smaller kit meant we could go just about anywhere.


Things have taken another step forward. The latest phones and particularly the iPhone has seen TV news, advertising and film regularly feature content filmed and edited on iPhones and iPads.


Every morning I enjoy News from the Dutch Towpath, where Anne Holligan reports for the BBC on news from Holland. Filmed and edited on iPhone. You can follow Anne on Twitter to see her reports @annaholligan


There will be still be productions that will require bigger and higher specification cameras and I am still happy to put such productions together but for me the mobility, agility and the ability to quickly edit footage and get it out in hours and not days is what mobile filming is about.


Doesn’t quality suffer?  I don’t think so, and outside of a professional I doubt many people could tell the difference between the latest iPhone footage and larger cameras. The iPhone 13 uses an industry standard format and when accompanied with good quality audio and lighting kit your productions will be easier to make and quicker to deploy. As always it's not so mch about the equipment but the way it is used by whoever is operating it.


In the future I will be running mobile film making courses so you can make the most of your own phone’s filming capabilities.