Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ is the latest movie to be filmed entirely on an Apple iPhone

“In Steven Soderbergh’s latest feat of fast-paced film production, High Flying Bird, which will launch on Netflix this Friday, a renegade agent tries to end an NBA lockout by destabilizing the sport’s financial structure,” Ben Lindbergh reports for The Ringer.

High Flying Bird is a product of what Soderbergh believes to be a similar upheaval in the Hollywood system,” Lindbergh reports. “Shot entirely on an iPhone 8, High Flying Bird is Soderbergh’s second smartphone film, following last year’s psychological thriller Unsane, which he shot in two weeks on an iPhone Seven Plus.”

“‘If I had a traditional camera package … the film I think would not have been any better,’ Soderbergh said on The Bill Simmons Podcast last month. ‘It might have been worse. It certainly would have taken longer,'” Lindbergh reports. “High Flying Bird could hardly have taken less time; Soderbergh finished the first cut of the film less than three hours after wrapping principal photography. He’s always worked quickly and economically, but embracing the iPhone seems to have accelerated his already rapid pace.”

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  1. Sorry, loving my iPhone but having worked in the business as a professional VFX and camera dude for many years (plus worked at Technicolor) I have no idea what these guys are trying to prove. This stuff can fall apart in post not having the range a proper video codec has.

    If you are on a severe budget or a student filmmaker hey go ahead but I don’t know why real professionals deprive themselves of full-on gear designed to make movies, cable and TV shows with. I understand how a lightweight camera system like this might help you in more intimate settings but those reasons and projects are few and far between. An iPhone will NOT be shooting the next MCU movie!

    1. So let me get this straight, on the one hand, you profess your bona fides online and we are suppose to believe your take on the viability of the circumstances…

      While on the other hand, a proven and well respected filmmaker literally produced a work of art via the media of cinema, basically refuting your very claim of it not being feasible…

      There is a slight bit of irony at play here, you do realize?

      “An iPhone will NOT be shooting the next MCU movie!” That can’t be your main qualifier.

      Oh, and please reveal who you are, so I may know what movies to avoid due to lack of originality and creativity due to a sheer lack of imagination and risk…


    2. That’s interesting, because just like SIRI, the iPhone had a 6-year lead over the competition and incredibly the iPhone has THE worst camera in the smartphone industry.

      That’s because Cook uses the cheapest components possible but still insists on charging us as though he’s using premium parts.

      He spends countless hours searching for the least expensive way to assemble Apple products, only to turn around and set his margins anywhere from 80% all the way up to the 10,000% he rakes in on storage.

      He couldn’t care less if you already had to replace your cheap keyboard 3-times on a 7-thousand-dollar laptop that cost him less than 100 US dollar to source and assemble. Then has the nerve to make consumers pay for a repair on a product he knew would be defective while he was developing it.

      Absolutely no words to describe this guy’s greed. Money is all this incompetent bean counter cares about.

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