Strangers: A Smartphone Romance

Strangers is a short film that I shot on a iPhone 6, with the help of some friends and a cast of four talented actors from the University of Toronto’s 881 Drama Club. You can watch it below, followed by the behind-the-scenes footage and bloopers!

This was my second year submitting a short film to the Toronto Smartphone Film Festival, and I had just as much fun as last year! Everything was a lot easier to manage this time around, since I was only directing instead of both directing and acting. I also had an experienced production assistant to help with booming, lighting, and behind-the-scenes filming, which was fantastic and simplified everything (thank you Phil!).

Filming with a smartphone isn’t as easy for me as filming with my DSLR because I have less control over how the shot looks. But it does force me to be better filmmaker and cinematographer and really think about each shot, because I can’t rely on the awesomeness of my camera to make everything look pretty, properly exposed, and perfectly sharp.

I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do for next year’s Smartphone Film Festival. There were some amazing entries this year, and they really inspired me to take my filmmaking to the next level. Congratulations to all the prize winners, especially Gerald Lising (“Medic“), who took home the prize for best Canadian film!

The festival is 100% free (no film submission fee, no festival attendance fee, and you get Korean food after the screenings!), so I highly recommend you check it out next year or even submit your own smartphone film :’D


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