The Avengers movie partially filmed on an iPhone, “awesome levels” now impossibly high

Can we just talk about how awesome The Avengers is? It’s chock-full of bad ass super heroes like Iron Man,  The Hulk, and Thor, it’s being directed by mastermind Joss Whedon and features Scarlett Johansson looking like this. I mean, you can’t beat that. Or so I thought…

News has just come to light that there are a couple shots in the movie that were actually filmed on an iPhone!

According to Seamus McGarvey, the director of photography for the film:

“The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand. On The Avengers, I did a couple of shots on the iPhone and they are in the movie. In fact, they are in the trailer! I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film,” adds McGarvey.

It’s great to see filmmakers utilizing a variety of tools to make a movie unique. Of course, not many people would be happy if the entire movie was filmed on an iPhone, but in certain situations, the lower-quality, handheld clips could actually enhance the feeling of the scene (think The Office, Blair Witch Project, etc).

Take a look at the trailer below and see if you can pick the iClip McGarvey is talking about. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s either the cops-shooting-up clip at around 0:18, or the helicopter-landing clip at around 0:33.

I didn’t need another reason to see this movie (out May 4, 2012), but this is certainly cool info to have nonetheless. What are your thoughts on the movie and the fact that parts of it were filmed on devices many of us use every day? Let me know below in the comments section or on twitter!

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  • Anonymous

    Recorded with iPhone, then color corrected, stabilized, effects added, etc etc etc with $10,000 studio editing software!  Seriously, the software they use can make an HTC camera look good.

  • I’d be willing to bet it is the low shot of Thor with the sun behind him at :47.

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  • Lemonlime

    I would say that the iPhone shots are at 0:47 and 1:32 just because the lens flair doesn’t look like any that comes from a cinema lens. I would also say that there is another at 1:24 where there is an explosion. Big production films will buy lower priced cameras that they will use in situations were they may be damaged after the take (such as an explosion). Those are my guesses.

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