Smartphones – The democracy of cinema production
On Saturday, the Park brothers, Chan-wook and Chan-kyong, picked up the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for a 30-minute movie shot with an iPhone 4.
On Monday, a local film festival handed out prizes to 14-year-olds for their smartphone creations. On Tuesday, the Jeonju International Film Festival announced that it will release a new selection for cell phone-produced works.
Not too long ago the cinema industry saw new possibilities through digital works, but now, filmmaking is only a push of a button away in the palm of your hand – through smartphones with high-definition video cameras and even editing applications all-in-one.
“This is truly cinema democracy,” director Lee Joon-ik, who chaired the jury of the inaugural Olleh Lotte Smartphone Film Festival, told The Korea Times, Monday, in Seoul.