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Apple Releases New Behind-the-Scenes Video for '1.24.14' Mac 30th Anniversary Ad

Following this morning's debut of the "1.24.14" Mac 30th anniversary video filmed exclusively on iPhones and edited on Macs, Apple has also released a new behind-the-scenes video that details how the original ad was made.

"Capturing the essence of the moment and it being truthful as seen through the prism of this device is really rather lovely."
The video depicts the camera equipment used to film the ad, which included several different iPhones attached to special mounts able to rotate in any direction. A narrator explains that individual filming crews were sent to locations around the world to obtain simultaneous footage, with each crew using an iPhone to capture video that was then sent to a receiver in a backpack.

Receivers used by the crew members allowed footage to be sent instantly back to director Jake Scott, son of Ridley Scott, in the U.S., and FaceTime on iPads allowed for seamless communication while filming.

Apple's 1.24.14 video was filmed for the 30th anniversary of the Mac. It was distilled from more than 70 hours of footage captured by camera crews on five continents in 15 different locations, including Seattle, Aspen, Maryland, Brookhaven, Puerto Rico, Botswana, London, Lyon, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Pompeii, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Melbourne.
Along with the original video and the behind-the-scenes look at how it was filmed, Apple has also posted a detailed web page that gives an even more in-depth look at the work that went into the spot.

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10 months ago
I'm really more interested in a behind the scenes video of the behind the scenes video.
Rating: 16 Votes
10 months ago
This ridiculous attention to detail is what sets Apple apart from it's competitors. You wouldn't get Samsung filming their commercial with a dozen S4's now would you?
Rating: 14 Votes
9 months ago

I don't really see the point of this.... blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah runway fashion shoot.

I don't mean to be a downer, the iPhone is fantastic as a camera and getting better each generation, it has opened new possibilities, but I feel this video (the original one) is somewhat deceptive.


The "point" is simple - who would have thought, 30 years ago, that this was even remotely possible?

And, if Apple hadn't done it - who would have?

Unlike the generation of under-20's that can't communicate with the outside world other than through anonymous tweets, I wasn't born with an entitlement to these wondrous creations. Making a phone call meant a stinky, diseased phone booth reeking of urine. Today you can make a call from your wrist phone, just like Dick Tracy did when I was a kid. I don't take that for granted, because half a lifetime ago it was only a dream. I see newborns getting iPods today.

No.... my generation had to dream these up, and then make them come true. Only one company had the foresight, engineering, and derring-do to put these to life rather than simply show them as props on a movie set. And that company is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first device that truly set that creativity free.

These devices have changed the world - perhaps at a magnitude greater than the airplane and automobile did two and three generations ago. These devices bring the world closer together, without needing the massive infrastructure of a highway or an airport. These devices can be anywhere, anytime, capturing or delivering information and sights that would never have been celebrated outside of their own back yard. And now they are in your shirt pocket.

That is amazing. Sorry you can't see it for what it is - a celebration of the wonder.

Who else did this? Nobody. Just Apple. Because if someone else had done it, they would have done it.

Thank you, Apple, and happy anniversary.
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago
I don't really see the point of this. Yes, we already all know the iPhone camera quality is pretty good -- it has been since the 3GS (in relative terms). But you can't do most of this stuff without very expensive gear -- dollies, Steadicams, cranes, clamps, professional lighting, a crew of assistants, and of course professional editing. This video really exposes the fact that this is not just real people shooting real scenes with iPhones. And it was a similar situation with the Burberry runway fashion shoot.

I don't mean to be a downer, the iPhone is fantastic as a camera and getting better each generation, it has opened new possibilities, but I feel this video (the original one) is somewhat deceptive.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

Nice iPhone commercial, so where's the Mac?


I'll pick this comment. So many of these commenters so absolutely did NOT get what the videos are about, and they tried so hard to be negative and cynical to cover up their lack of understanding, and they so succeeded in making fools of themselves over another Apple breakthrough.

Here's the point: Fifteen crews on five continents shot 70 hours of footage on 100 iPhones, many of them taking pictures of people using iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs in various ingenious ways, the whole worldwide shoot directed in real time from one location in L.A. by Jake Scott—using FaceTime, Apple's own system-wide network—then presumably digitally sent it all in for editing using MacBooks, iPads and iMacs, and then delivered to us fully edited IN TEN MEASLY DAYS.

And the thing is interesting, exciting, beautiful and good, and there was enough behind-the-scenes crew photography to deliver a "making-of" movie at the same time.

This is historic, and it will be picked up and used as a lesson in film schools. It could not have been done two years ago. It will be done over and over again in the future.

It wasn't about the iPhone. It was about the media-aware ecosystem that appeared with the first Mac 30 years ago, which Apple has been working on ever since. The equipment you design and add to the system is the economy that springs up around any genuine technological revolution.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago
Gosh, they're on a roll. Loving it.
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago
It's 1:24 long. Nice.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago
Thank You Apple for make amazing things
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago
They got Ridley Scott for this and didn't even mention him? That's what I call understatement! :)
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago



You have fallen for Apple's advertising. Guess you don't remember when the Chicago Sun-Times fired all their professional photographers (with real camera's) and allowed the reporters to use their iPhones instead. The results were horrible. Don't take my word for it. Click the link.

http://petapixel.com/2013/06/27/chicago-tribune-and-sun-times-covers-after-the-stanley-cup-finals/

If you have a daughter or son getting married do you want someone taking pictures with a smartphone? I don't care if it's Apple, Nokia, Samsung or Sony. They better have a $4000 full frame DSR.


The biggest part of what happened at the Chicago Sun-Times was they fired the people who actually knew something about photography... and replaced them with people who know nothing about photography.

You could give a $4000 DSLR to a reporter and the pictures would still suck. It's not about the equipment.

Don't blame the iPhone for what happened at the Chicago Sun-Times... blame the loss of talented photojournalists.

Competent photographers can actually get good results from something as simple as an iPhone.

Or in this case... competent filmmakers (with a nice budget) :)

You're right though... I wouldn't hire a guy with a smartphone to shoot a wedding. But there are professional photographers who now shoot with cheaper non-professional Micro4/3 cameras instead of big honkin' DSLRs.

But again... they know what they're doing. Skill trumps equipment.
Rating: 4 Votes

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