Sorry, guys. I know you all had dreams of creating the next smash hit superhero flick on your new 4S because, “If it worked for The Avengers, than why not me?” But, I’m going to shit all over that nerdy dream right here and now. Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey was misquoted when it was reported he had filmed portions of The Avengers with an iPhone.
I was talking about how up and coming film makers have access to a whole range of new technologies which expand our options as filmmakers. I mentioned that the iPhone and the Canon 5d Mk2 were devices currently used on many Hollywood productions. I used the Canon on some shots on Marvel’s The Avengers movie. Unfortunately, this was edited to read that I shot some of the film with the iPhone. This is not true.
This whole nasty rumor began when McGarvey was interview by the Irish Film & Television Network, which then reported it as,
The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand.
On The Avengers, I did a couple of shots on the iPhone and they are in the movie.In fact, they are in the trailer! I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film.
Oops. Hey, we all make mistakes. It’s just a part of journalism to sometimes post completely untrue statements.
And, y’know what? Your little film making fantasy isn’t dead, just understand being armed with a fancy camera phone won’t guarantee your film will kick ass like Captain America. Unless your thinking of the “classic” from 1990, then, yeah, go for it.