The world’s first music video to be filmed and edited entirely on iPhone 6 was recently uploaded to YouTube.
We caught up with creator, Jon Wilks, to find out more about the video for Friday Night by British folk band, The Grizzly Folk.
So, why did you choose to make a music video with your iPhone 6?
“Wanting to test-drive iPhone 6’s hyperlapse and timelapse functions, as well as its stunning colour capture, we set out to film scenes around London. But, as this is Britain, unfortunately the week we filmed was grey and rainy.
“After a frustrating first day of filming, I was playing around with the camera on my way home and I realised that the piece could be a kind of celebration of London’s unsung heroes: commuters.
“I remembered a song that I’d worked on in the past that suited the mood of the video, so downloaded it and began editing things together there and then on the train. It came together pretty quickly after that.”
How long did it take to edit the video on your iPhone 6 then?
“I spent another day or so filming around London, and pieced the video together on the phone using the iMovie app as I was going along.
“Editing on my iPhone 6 using that app was very easy – it’s an incredibly intuitive process – so it didn’t take long at all. I did a few cuts, but I guess it was finished in around four days.”
Let’s talk about how to use timelapse. How long did you need to film for to get, say, one minute of timelapse footage?
“The trick to decent timelapse footage is a strong tripod – or something you can rest the phone on without it getting knocked. I think it took me around one minute of continuous filming to get about six seconds of footage.”
What impressed you most about the iPhone 6 camera?
“Ease of use. Moving from hyperlapse or timelapse into standard filming is done automatically (although you can adjust the speeds and the timings in the iMovie app), and it’s often done so beautifully that the phone almost directs the video for you."
“All you need to do is point the camera in the right direction, and then edit your clips. I downloaded the song from iTunes over Three’s 4G network, after which it was immediately available to use in iMovie."
“Editing the footage to the beat was actually easier to do on iPhone 6 than using a desktop video editor. All in all, a very simple and enjoyable process.”
Any tips on how to get the most out of your iPhone 6’s 8 megapixels?
“The phone performs beautifully in colourful situations, but like any camera work, the trick’s making sure the lighting’s suitable. The graininess of the rainy night shots and the lights bouncing off the puddles inspired the final Friday Night video.”
And, finally, how about tips for filming with an iPhone 6 in general?
“Be inventive. The phone produces great quality video, and you don’t need much in the way of extra hardware or equipment to get a really cool-looking video. A tripod and a bit of experimentation will do.
“Using the bus and train window as a kind of trolley really kick-started the imaginative side of this video, and those are definitely the shots that I get asked about the most.
“Those, and the hyperlapse shots that appear to descend over the Thames and the Houses of Parliament. Everyone wants to know how I did that. I’ll leave you to guess how that happened, though. Let’s just call it a trade secret.”