“Director Sean Baker’s feature film Tangerine, which got picked up by Magnolia Pictures, is one of the most talked-about films at the Festival this year even though it doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a buzzworthy entry,” V Renée reports for No Film School. “Firstly, it features unknown actors; no Kristen Wiigs, no Ethan Hawkes. Secondly, it’s a story about two transgender women on a Christmas Eve odyssey through the many subcultures of L.A. to ‘get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor.’ So, mass appeal? No.”

“Lastly, it wasn’t shot using an expensive, top of the line cinema camera. In fact, it was shot using the device I use every day to take notes, check emails, and dodge calls from bill collectors,” Renée reports. “That device, of course, is the iPhone 5s. Tangerine was shot completely on the Apple device, but this smartphone camera setup also included the 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter from Moondog Labs, the FiLMiC Pro app, and external recording devices.”

“The overall cost of this setup — a setup that shot a feature film that is just killing it at Sundance?” Renée reports. “Well, Moondog’s adapter costs $160, FiLMiC Pro is $8 in the App Store, and iPhones range from — what? $200 to $600 depending on service and features? So, you’re looking at $168 to $768 to get high quality images for a feature film. ”

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