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5+ Awesome iPhone Movies Guaranteed to Entertain You

Mihir Patkar 17-11-2015

The Apple iPhone boasts one of the best smartphone cameras around, and if you browse around the Internet, you can see examples of the iPhone’s camera in action. Amateur filmmakers across the world are shooting short films and movies on this pocket-sized gizmo. And boy, there’s some good stuff out there.

Several years ago, we took a look at six short movies shot on the iPhone 6 Short Movies Shot With an iPhone [Stuff to Watch] In addition to being a communication, entertainment and organisational god-send, the iPhone 4 and 4S are fairly capable video recorders. The iPhone Film Festival (IFF), a bi-annual celebration of handheld motion picture goodness, has taken... Read More , but a lot has changed since then. After all, the iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Review and Giveaway Spoiler alert: if you like iPhones, you’re probably going to love the iPhone 6s. But are you really surprised? Read More has the best camera of any iPhone released so far.


Things have changed on the app side as well. The ease of tools makes it tempting for anyone to start making movies. While you may start with the iPhone camera app A Quick Start Guide to the iPhone Camera The iPhone is still the most popular point-and-shoot camera on the planet, but many users still aren't away of all that the camera can do. Here's what you need to know. Read More itself and edit it on iMovie How To Edit Video On Your iPhone Using iMovie The HD quality of the iPhone 4 and 4S video camera app is just as good as many consumer video cameras. While it may be a stretch to shoot hour-long video productions with an iPhone,... Read More , you will soon want to shoot, process, and edit video with pro apps Better iPhone Video: Shoot, Process & Edit Video Like A Pro With These Apps [iPhone] Shooting a film on an iPhone might not seem like the smartest idea, but for many it’s a viable option for capturing decent HD quality video on the move. Monday’s Stuff to Watch featured a... Read More . Be sure to read our guides on how to shoot striking videos on iPhones Smartphone Spielberg: How To Shoot Striking Videos on Your Mobile The best camera you can possibly lay your hands on is the one that you currently have on you, or so the saying goes. Ever since hardware manufacturers started putting bigger and better cameras on... Read More , and the best video editors and tools iPad/iPhone Video Editors And Tools: These Are Your Best Options Ten years ago it took a fairly powerful computer in order to edit video, but now you can do everything on your iPhone or iPad. Read More you can get.

To inspire yourself in your quest to make movies on your phone, let’s look at five more short films (plus some bonus videos) to see what filmmakers have been doing with their iDevices.


The humble iPhone 4s was good enough for Mael Sevestre to use it to tell a mystical story. A photographer with an old twin lens reflex camera — those with a viewfinder on top — is strolling through the countryside, framing his shot. And suddenly, that viewfinder starts showing a beautiful woman in the scene, even though there’s no one there in real life.

Framed is a great example of how the tools required to make a short film are no longer daunting. It’s more about your imagination, your techniques, and your storytelling ability. Framed has some lovely cinematography, and the final scene will catch you by surprise.

Dark Side of the Earth

I’m a sucker for some science fiction, and I’m sure you are too. Dark Side of the Earth has won plenty of awards for its unique storytelling style and filmmaker Acim Vasic should be proud of managing this quality on a low budget. It’s another one of those must-see geek movies 42 of the Best Geek Movies of All Time: How Many Have You Seen? Geeks are people too. I am one, you're probably one, and we're a growing army that can no longer be ignored. Not even by Hollywood. Geek movies FTW! Read More for its concept alone.

The film is shot in a first person style, much like the Blair Witch movies. The protagonist is a scientist, who wants to warn the public at large about an impending crisis regarding our solar system, which certain powers want to keep secret. The movie is his confession, as he flees from his captors in a frenetic chase.

The Painter of Jalouzi

One of the reasons documentary filmmakers and photojournalists love the iPhone because its small size and familiarity makes it less intimidating, so it’s easier to get subjects to be more candid around the camera. The Painter of Jalouzi is a free, thought-provoking documentary 8 Free Thought-Provoking Documentaries To Watch On YouTube [Stuff to Watch] You've no doubt watched a movie or two on YouTube by now. Whether it was uploaded by the original studio or a miscreant sharing someone else's hard work; the streaming video behemoth is full of... Read More about a man who wants to add color to Haiti’s biggest slum.

“Some people say, ‘What difference can color make?’ Color gives us dignity. Color gives us identity. Color gives us hope,” says Duval Pierre, a painter who enlists kids around the slum in his quest to paint every wall in Jalouzi. Watching the mini documentary, by David Darg and Bryn Mooser, may just be the best use of five minutes of your time today.

The Matt Morris iPhone 5s Adventure

The Matt Morris iPhone 5s Adventure made me laugh more times than I’d like to admit. Silly, irreverent humor gets me every time, and that’s exactly what this is. But in a way, it’s also an exploration of the iPhone’s features. The whole video was shot and edited on an iPhone, which is impressive enough on its own.

However, throughout the video, Matt Morris and his friend showcase the different cool abilities of the iPhone 5s and future models, like slow-motion video recording How to Shoot Slow-Motion Video: 3 Tips to Get You Started Everyone wants to walk away from an explosion in slow motion. Fortunately, with today's phones, it's easier than ever. Read More . The video follows Moris and his friend emulating a skateboarder and a free-runner, respectively… well, trying to emulate a skateboarder and a free-runner, and failing hilariously.


Dragonborne isn’t the best short film you’ll watch today, but it is a great example of the kind of movies you can create using just your iPhone and nothing else. Filmmaker Matthew Pearce used no other equipment to make this, which only showcases the iPhone’s wonderful video stabilization and tools to add visual effects Check Out VFX Studio, The Most Fun Photo Editor I've Ever Used [iOS] There are plenty of photo editing and sharing applications on iOS. There are apps to make you fat, apps to make you look like a zombie and apps that will give your picture that hipster... Read More .

It’s the tale of a warrior woman in a battle, who picks up a sword to face down the dragon looming large in the background. Yes, the dragon’s effect when he’s up close looks cartoonish, but remember, this is an amateur production, and for that, it’s pretty impressive.

Bonus: Goldilocks (Series)

The iPhone isn’t just about movies, you know. In fact, features like 4K video negate low-storage iPhones Live Photos & 4K: Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 16GB iPhone 6s If you want to take advantage of the new iPhone 6s camera, you'll probably want to avoid picking the 16GB storage option. Read More . As the world shifts from movies, and TV series gain credibility as art, why not check out the first shot-with-an-iPhone Web series?

The video above is just the first part of the Goldilocks series by Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James, which was also the first series of its kind. This Goldilocks isn’t the fairy tale of the same name; it’s a fast-paced action series full of chases and adrenaline-filled stunts. There are nine episodes in total, which you can watch here:

Episode 1 “Meet Locks”
Episode 2 “Hide & Seek”
Episode 3 “A Little Trip”
Episode 4 “A Secret Message”
Episode 5 “The Supermom Diaries”
Episode 6 “Back to Work”
Episode 7 “Strike a Deal”
Episode 8 “An Old Friend”
Episode 9 “Lock & Key”

Bonus: Ronen’s Adventure

While the five short films and one Web series above are all shot on the iPhone, I’m not sure if Ronen’s Adventure Trapped in an iPhone was. Still, it’s a video that you shouldn’t miss. It’s so exquisitely choreographed that it serves as the perfect inspiration to think outside the box and do more with your iPhone.

What’s Your Favorite iPhone Movie?

Have you made a cool iPhone movie? Or found one that inspires you? Please share your made-on-an-iPhone favorite in the comments below, after you have uploaded your video on Vimeo Vimeo vs. YouTube: 5 Reasons to Host Videos on Vimeo Why choose Vimeo over YouTube? Here are a handful of strong reasons for why you might host videos on Vimeo over YouTube. Read More .

Or check out the iPhone Cinema channel for other such movies, and let us know which ones you would have included in this list!

Related topics: Filmmaking, Short Films, Smartphone Photography, Vimeo, YouTube.

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