FAO Mr Martin Byrne @Marty_Byrne

Mr Byrne has previous experience of this and his recent tweet struck a chord with me.

Producing music and video on a smartphone has been bothering me for a fair while now. There are some quality pieces of work produced either partly or mainly on phone handsets, but the video below reinforces for me that the medium is most definitely the message in work like this. The extra attachments, processing time, additional apps, compromises, etc., all seem say that making the art on a smartphone is as important as the art itself.

What this says about the artist I don’t know. What I do know is that less technical effort and expense is required while using slightly more dedicated equipment. 

Are there boundaries, limitations imposed by the phone that inspires truly satisfying envelope-pushing? Can the fixed-focus lens lead to breakthroughs in storytelling, scripting or directing?

Or is it part of the techie trend, reinventing a wheel simply to be seen to have a wheel?

From filming through to special effects, smartphone technology offers all the elements required to make a movie. But will the finished product really be good enough for your local cinema?

Here, we show you how the film was made, give you tips on how to make your own masterpiece and tell you what apps and accessories you might need.


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I play bass, I cook, I look out the window. Sometimes I prefer wondering what's out there to going out and looking. But not all the time. I only recently learned that leaving two spaces after a full stop is obsolete.

2 thoughts on “FAO Mr Martin Byrne @Marty_Byrne”

  1. Hey. I iz here. 🙂 I made a 1 min little sketch thing last night with my GOPRO HD camera, which I bought myself around xmas. It does some great footage, considering its ??150 price tag, but yes, it has many limitations too. I edited the footage in Ableton Live, because I can’t be arsed teaching myself Final Cut Pro yet and iMovie is a ballbag. I feel I’ve learnt a lot from mucking about with short vids and stuff recently and I find it all very interesting, but I also see how expensive things would get if I ever wanted to make anything remotely cool or original. In your link: I think the ridiculous expense of adding lenses, tripod fittings and an iRig to an iPhone makes it all a bit silly. And though they did talk about the audio they recorded on set, they never said a single word about the music and sound design in their film. I’ve considered getting an iPhone before too, mainly because I absolutely love the quality of the images on it, but it’s just too expensive. If I was going to spend ??500 on some piece of kit, I’d save a bit more and buy a MacBook Pro!

  2. That’s about it – you need a computer whichever way you choose to do it, so why not use the much more powerful machine and get better results, regardless of whether it’s a PC or a Mac?The iPhone really can take good photos, but it’s just because of the lens, and to an extent the retina screen gives the impression of better photos. I wish more handset makers would move beyond the basic pieces of crap normally used.Remember the near-nightmares you had when you got that Nokia to make films with?

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