Director Ran Out of Money, Finished Shooting his Oscar-Nominated Movie on an iPhone

Tuesday February 19, 2013 5:06 PM PST by Husain Sumra
541444_largerWhile filming Oscar-nominated documentary "Searching for Sugar Man", director Malik Bendjelloul said, in an interview with CNN Money, that he ran out of money and had to finish filming his movie on his iPhone with the 8mm Vintage Camera app.
I started shooting this on a Super 8 camera, like with film, which is pretty expensive stuff, and completely ran out of money. I really had a very few stuff, it was a very few shots left but I needed those shots. And one day I realized that there was this $1 app here on my iPhone and I tried it and it was basically the same as the real stuff.

In the past there have been other directors, like Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, who've used iPhones to shoot films. There's even an iPhone Film Festival dedicated to movies shot on the devices, but Bendjelloul's film has since been nominated for an Academy Award.

Nexvio Inc.'s 8mm Vintage Camera app has seen an increase in downloads in the past five or so days, according to a chart from sister-site AppShopper. The app has gone through a couple different price drops over the past year and a half, which is why Bendjelloul refers to the app as a "$1 app," but is currently available for $1.99. [Direct Link]

The 85th annual Academy Awards will air on February 24th, 2013.

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Posted: 22 months ago

This cannot be serious...with an iPhone app? Lol he couldn't buy a point and shoot that's a million times better than any cellphone camera?

Come on now...this is just...wow bad...


Or he could've used the money that he would have spent on a camera to buy more 8mm film. Oh, wait...

Seriously - what's happening to people's comprehension skills? These sort of comments are far too frequent.
Rating: 20 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
That is quite possibly the coolest iPhone related story I've ever read.
Rating: 14 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago

This cannot be serious...with an iPhone app? Lol he couldn't buy a point and shoot that's a million times better than any cellphone camera?

Come on now...this is just...wow bad...


Did you read the article?
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
He couldn't have finished the movie on his iPhone 5 if the device hadn't even been announced yet when the movie came out in July 2012... just pointing out that someone should correct the article :p
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
This cannot be serious...with an iPhone app? Lol he couldn't buy a point and shoot that's a million times better than any cellphone camera?

Come on now...this is just...wow bad...
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
"I realized that there was this $1 app here on my iPhone and I tried it and it was basically the same as the real stuff."

really..... a tiny, 8mp sensor is basically the same as 8mm film...

More amazing than this guy using the iphone to finish the movie, is that he also seems to be blind..
:cool:
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago

Surely you can't be serious ?


I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.

Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago

That is quite possibly the coolest iPhone related story I've ever read.


i have owned the app for well over a year now,it really does have a pretty nice feel.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago

This cannot be serious...with an iPhone app? Lol he couldn't buy a point and shoot that's a million times better than any cellphone camera?

Come on now...this is just...wow bad...


My iPad 3's camera totally blows away my Panasonic lumix in terms of picture quality, and I assume an iPhone 5 is similar or better.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 months ago
If the movie wins, i can only imagine what that would do for the iPhone and the app.
Rating: 4 Votes

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