Sony smartphones further blur the line between pro and mobile filmmaking.
In 2010, I was invited to basically what amounted to a think tank group. One of the big camera manufacturers invited several people who work, cover, and are part of the film and television industry to share thoughts about the future of filmmaking.
A topic myself and another person from EVS pushed was mobile filmmaking and how the technology found on larger cameras will eventually be incorporated into cell phones. The skepticism in the room was palpable, and odd, because feature-length films were already being shot on them. The writing on the wall was clear. It wasn’t a matter of if, but when.
From SMS Sugar Man in 2008 and Night Fishing in 2011 to Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Modern Family’s “Lost Connection,” mobile filmmaking is a viable option for storytelling. Sony has upped the game with the two new smartphones, the Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro.