Awesome job Thomas. We’ll be sending you some iPhone 4 cases for the effort!
When filming Kreuzberg, you told us that you used a tripod. How did you alter the tripod to meet your needs?
I actually didn’t have to alter the tripod at all. The big problem was how to attach an iPhone to an existing tripod.
What materials did you use?
I rigged a contraption using a basic steel “T” bracket from the hardware store and attached it to the tripod using a simple wing nut. It was a pretty DIY setup, but worked well for my needs (lock shots, simple pans, etc.).
How did you attach the iPhone 4 Slider Case to your tripod?
I attached the “T” bracket to the iPhone case by punching holes in it and using nylon plugs to keep it in place.
What was your experience like filming and shooting photos with your iPhone 4?
It was actually quite fun. My biggest problem was holding the camera steady when shooting hand-held. Other than that, it worked great. A zoom mechanism would have been handy, but I quickly got around it.
Do you feel that iPhone 4 will spark an increase in DIY filmmaking? If so, how?
I would hope so. Again, I don’t really think a camera makes a good film. The person looking through it has to have good ideas. That said though, being able to just pull an iPhone camera out of your pocket with a few seconds notice was a really nice plus. A lot of my favorite shots in Kreuzberg were taken that way. I would see something and within seconds be shooting. That’s hard to do with even the simplest SLR or video camera.
What kinds of projects would you like to see other people create using iPhone 4?
The phone/camera hybrid offers an amazing intimacy when shooting. Subjects aren’t intimidated by a camera on a phone. It somehow seems less serious. This is really helpful in getting subjects to relax. I would hope that people would continue to explore this intimacy and make very personal films on the iPhone 4 that couldn’t be obtained any other way.
And now, a few questions for you…
- Do you find that you take more photos and videos with your iPhone 4 than with your camera?
- How has the iPhone 4 changed the way you make and edit video?
- Has there ever been an unexpected situation when your iPhone 4 came in handy?
Leave us a comment with your answers. If you leave one of our favorite comments, we’ll send you an iPhone 4 case.
We are pleased to announce the release of Kreuzberg, the first of three original short films and photo essays by director and curator Aaron Rose for Incase. Known as one of the cornerstones of the street art movement, Rose is an artist, film director, exhibition curator and writer who merged his artistry, love for travel and reliance on his iPhone to create the visuals of Kreuzberg and two upcoming film and photo essay releases. Each piece highlights the creative possibilities that can be captured using the built-in HD camera of iPhone 4.
While traveling in Germany, Rose shot Kreuzberg on location in the Berlin neighborhood of the same name. Rose used the high-definition camera on his iPhone 4 while relying on our Snap Case to provide his iPhone with the protection that international travel and on-location shooting requires.
According to Rose, the film is a tribute to Brian Eno and David Bowie, both of whom recorded in Kreuzberg in the 1970s. Since the 1980s, the historically Turkish neighborhood of Kreuzberg has also been home to a population of artists, musicians and anarchists. Kreuzberg’s main characters are Fiona Geuss, an art historian who reads excerpts from Boris Groys’ essay on “light luggage,” and Nathan Harrington, a musician who also created the film’s original score. In the film, Harrington recites a poem written by Rose expressing nostalgia for the town and its storied history that echoes in its streets.
The three-part series by Rose will showcase how his creative mind harnessed the capabilities of iPhone 4 to create an inspired visual experience that engages viewers. Be sure to bookmark the Aaron Rose page; following Kreuzberg, we’ll be releasing two additional films and photo essays by Rose on November 2 and November 30.