Four Smartphone Films That Are Actually Good

By David Ferry here:


While you were using your iPhone to record your cat riding a Roomba, Hollywood types (and would-be Hollywood types) have used smartphones to create everything from heart-wrenching shorts to feature-length thrillers. There are a zillion smartphone films on the web; here are the ones you should watch right now.


In 2010, Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James made Goldilocks, the first viral smartphone series, by strapping an iPhone 4 to a motorcycle. They also took advantage of the phone’s size by stashing it in a medicine cabinet and even dropping one into a wineglass in nine 3-minute shorts.

The Nails

In seven minutes, this “found footage” of a few friends hanging out devolves into something nightmarish (spoiler: lots of blood) and helped spark the career of French director Clément Deneux, who has gone on to shoot a popular “fake” trailer (about zombies), commercials, and a music video.

Paranmanjang (Night Fishing)

South Korean director Park Chan-wook of Oldboy fame shot this 30-minute horror movie using only an iPhone 4. The film features a K-pop star as a shaman priest, and it snagged the award for Best Short at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. The most beautiful from the 4, you can watch it online here:

Two Scoops

In 2013, BlackBerry paid Sin City director Robert Rodriguez to film a short on the BlackBerry 10. The resulting 11-minute shoot-‘em-up—about
sisters who run an ice cream truck by day and battle aliens by night—may not have saved the CrackBerry, but it sure does look good.