iPhone Film Gear: Shoot iPhone Home Movies Like a Pro

iPhone Film Gear: Shoot iPhone Home Movies Like a Pro

Jeff Heaton
Dec 1, 2011

Cell phone cameras aren't just for viral videos anymore. They've been used to make professional films. And why not when these cheap cameras are constantly increasing in quality? The iPhone 4S certainly has a nice one and we've rounded up some of the coolest iPhone accessories that make high quality film making available to anyone. We can't promise you'll be Vincent Laforet or that your iPhone will replace your RED One, but these certainly get you closer.

1. Mobislyder ($135)
A small, extremely portable camera dolly for your iPhone, GoPro or point and shoot, the Mobislyder makes steady moving shots possible on the iPhone. It certainly isn't a long track, but that's part of what makes it keep with the mobility of the iPhone. The key to video is motion and this makes a normally expensive filmmaking tool available.

2. Fisheye, Macro and Telephoto Lenses ($49)
To really get every kind of shot you'll want, and keep your film interesting by varying the shot, you'll need some lenses. Of course macro is great for close up shots, a telephoto lens is good for portrait-style shots and the fisheye for big buildings or arty shots. If you've already got a dSLR and lenses you may want to consider the iPhone SLR Mount ($249) and use those instead for really pro level lens choices.

3. 1/8 Microphone adapter ($23.06)
If you've got a nice Mic this cable will let you use it with your iPhone. This one works with all standard 3.5mm mono or stereo Mics except electronic condensor mics (ECMs) and protects against interference. We like it because it opens up a whole world of mics from shotgun to wireless lavlier (the kind you clip on your shirt).

4. Mini iPhone Microphone ($9.99)
If you don't already have a nice mic, or would prefer not to have to carry it around, the Mini Microphone is the size of a quarter and requires no batteries. While the mic on the bottom is pretty good (it is a phone after all), it's meant for being used right next to your face or at best on speakerphone. This doesn't make it the optimum way to capture audio for your next YouTube feature film. This one swivels and turns toward the action and isn't going to be blocked by your hands as you shoot.

5. OWLE Bubo mount ($169)
The design of iPhone is excellent as a phone, but by itself many of these attachments have to be almost jury-rigged. The OWLE mount turns the iPhone into a station for all kinds of third party attachments from tripods to lenses and lights like the Rotolight. The Bubo doesn't cover any ports, luckily, so it leaves you open to adding through those as well. If you're serious about making movies with the iPhone the OWLE Bubo is a great starting point for high quality films.

And if you're in need of some inspiration, here's a movie shot entirely on the iPhone 4.

Make movies with your iPhone? What's your favorite gear? Tell us in the comments.

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