David Ma's iPhone 14 Pro Film, PINCH - COOL HUNTING®

David Ma’s iPhone 14 Pro Film, PINCH – COOL HUNTING®

Food Artist, Filmmaker & Culinary Director David Ma Produce an exciting cinematic short with Apple iPhone 14 Pro. in just one minute, a pinch It tells the story of two crustacean species – the king crab and the horseshoe crab – fighting for dominance. The animals’ sizes and movements, close-ups of their handles, and the smoky surface of the water combine to create a dramatic film that pays homage to the Kaiju films. Kaiju (meaning “alien monster”) films, a genre of Japanese science fiction film that centers on giant fantasy monsters, often depict destruction and battles that serve as metaphors. “The way the filmmakers shot the miniatures with specific angles and lenses sold the realism of these ‘giant monsters’ that destroyed our cities,” Ma tells us. “I also shoot a lot of targets from below, have them hover over them and control the frame. Guillermo del Toro did this a lot pacific rim And Michael Bay uses this technology to make Transformers/Buildings/Explosions look larger than life.”

Ma and his team worked with fishmonger Steven Wong of Aqua Best NYC to source the crabs, and built the collection inside a 70-gallon aquarium. “I love building worlds on camera and taking something familiar and transforming the audience’s perception,” says Ma. “This project was particularly interesting to me because it combined miniature set design, puppetry, practical effects, and dynamic camera work. Trying to achieve a lot in camera without CGI, it was an ambitious project that relied less on expensive camera rigs And more on ingenuity and creative problem solving.”

Shooting the entire movie on an iPhone is quite an achievement, but for Ma it was also an adventure in exploring the capabilities of the device. “What I enjoyed most about this project was the creative freedom and ability to pull off an idea with a few friends and an iPhone14 that packs pro-level features into a revamped camera,” he says. “A new feature on the iPhone 14 that I used was Action mode. I was excited to take advantage of stabilization without using a stabilizer. As we followed creatures through and through the water, Motion mode provided smooth movements and an element of grace for some needed shots.”

He continues, “I also explore the macro mode when photographing creatures. Crustaceans have interesting color and texture to their outer shells, and the macro mode was able to capture those details beautifully. Narratively, the series of creature macros teased the dark theme and built anticipation before their full reveal to the public. When contemplating the world around these creatures, I incorporated many different textures—black sand, driftwood, rocks—and pops of color into the plant life which allowed the Phone 14’s processors to register the image with clarity and vividness.We also had the ability to go underwater with the device to obtain two sights, which helped in diving in and out of the surface.”

Although Ma is a professional with years of experience shooting movies, he confirms that making your own high-quality movie on the iPhone 14 is not as daunting as one might assume – and offers a bunch of useful tips for those who are keen and curious. “As always, spend time crafting the story first and foremost,” he says. Once you have the story and the different arc points down, you can then use the framing and lighting for each shot to convey whatever emotion you’re trying to elicit from the audience. Don’t feel restricted by shooting in a studio or in your own home. Get out into the world and shoot in unique and interesting locations. Use Action Mode “Give your footage movement and energy. Because the phone is so light, it allows you to move dynamically with the action on the screen without sacrificing stability. At 240 frames per second, use iPhone slow motion to ramp up the drama or drive home the visual significance of a specific scene.”

Behind the scenes photos from David Ma a pinchCourtesy of the artist

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