Apple debuts 2021 holiday ad ‘Saving Simon,’ shot on iPhone 13 Pro

Apple has debuted the company’s 2021 holiday ad “Saving Simon,” directed by Oscar Nominees Jason Reitman and his father Ivan Reitman.

Apple debuts 2021 holiday ad ‘Saving Simon,’ shot on iPhone 13 Pro

The 3-minute short film was shot entirely on iPhone 13 Pro.

With iPhone 13 Pro, video takes a huge leap forward with Cinematic mode for beautiful depth-of-field transitions, macro video, Time-lapse and Slo-mo, and even better low-light performance. Both models also offer end-to-end pro workflows in Dolby Vision, and for the first time, ProRes, only available on iPhone.

Following extensive study of cinematography and the powerful use of rack focus, Cinematic mode on iPhone records videos of people, pets, and objects with a beautiful depth effect with automatic focus changes, so anyone can capture cinema-style moments, even if they aren’t a professional filmmaker. For creative control, the focus can be changed during and after capture, and users can also adjust the level of bokeh in the Photos app and iMovie for iOS, and in iMovie for macOS and Final Cut Pro, making the lineup the only devices able to edit the depth-of-field effect in video even after recording. Enabled by A15 Bionic and advanced machine learning algorithms, Cinematic mode records in Dolby Vision HDR.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max also introduce ProRes, an advanced video codec used widely as the final delivery format for commercials, feature films, and broadcasts, to offer higher color fidelity and less compression. This powerful new pro workflow is enabled by the new camera hardware, advanced video encoders and decoders in A15 Bionic, and flash storage pipeline. iPhone is the only smartphone in the world to provide an end-to-end workflow — capture, edit, and share in Dolby Vision or ProRes.

The song featured in the film is “You and I” by Valerie June.

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  1. Feckless parents just sit there while the girl selfishly throws food on the floor because her damn snowman is more important. There’s nothing sweet or heartwarming about that.

      1. I hate to admit it, it brought a tear to my eye. But, it had a happy ending after all. I thank my parents for not throwing out my GI Joe because he had sleep in the freezer to regain his superpowers.

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