Lights, iPhone, action! "Unsane" ditches traditional equipment

April 3, 2018



Hollywood thriller film called “Unsane” was directed by well-known director, Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh decided to film the entire movie using only an iPhone 7 plus. According to IDBM, the movie is rated 6.8 out of 10. “Unsane” released on March 23, 2018.


Palm Beach Atlantic University Professor, Andrew Ray from the Cinema Arts department, explained why Soderbergh filmed his movie with an iPhone. Ray hasn’t seen the movie but he recently watched the trailer.


“I kinda expected it that a director would use an iPhone. At this point the cameras on an iPhone, starting with the seven plus, are at one of its greatest selling points. Apple is highly invested in camera technology.” Ray said.


Ray wasn’t surprised that a well-known director would film the movie “Unsane” with an iPhone.


“An iPhone could take away much of its barriers a normal camera would. There are pros and cons when filming with an iPhone,” Ray said.


Ray described in depth, the pros and cons of filming with an iPhone:


“The pros of using the iPhone is that it’s super cheap compared to a normal film camera. It’s incredibly mobile and the weight is extremely light," Ray said. “The cons and drawbacks of filming on iPhone is you lose all of the lens choices and depth of fields choices to a certain extend. The image quality looks good on an iPhone, but I would be interested on how Soderbergh delivered it to the theoretical audience.”


Junior Cody Withrow, film major, has the same reaction as Ray about Soderbergh filming a Hollywood movie on an iPhone.


I love the resourcefulness and his willingness to make the project happen with a modest budget,” Withrow said.


According to, “Unsane” is ranked 11th in two thousands theaters which it was only released in two thousands theaters. "To me the story is more important than the camera technology necessarily. Soderbergh movie film leads to an iPhone because “Unsane” is about a woman who is involuntarily committed in a mental institution.” Ray said.


Ray believes in 5 to 10 years the iPhone camera technology could catch up to a DSLR or a camera  the film department has right now.


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