‘Dune,’ ‘The Batman’ Cinematographer Greig Fraser Shoots for Apple Event
Acclaimed filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow worked with Fraser shooting with iPhone 13 Pro
The annual fall Apple Event occurred on Tuesday morning, featuring Academy-award winning cinematographer Greig Fraser (‘Lion,’ ‘Dune,’ ‘The Batman’) shooting a demo reel for and on Apple iPhone 13 Pro, with direction from two-time Academy-award winning director Kathryn Bigelow (‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘The Hurt Locker’).
The Cupertino giant added Cinematic mode to the Pro lineup of 2021 iPhones, which allows users to capture shallow depth of field focusing on cinematic transitions on one subject when multiple are in frame.
“Cinematic mode can also anticipate when a prominent new subject is about to enter the frame and bring them into focus when they do, for far more creative storytelling. You have the option to change focus or adjust the level of bokeh even after capture,” according to iPhone 13 Pro’s official page.
Fraser addressed working with the added feature and the overall state of the cinema with the smartphone camera tech revealed in the event.
“To me, that’s really bringing it up to the professional film cameras,” says Fraser. “It will change the language of cinema in a very positive way.”
Fraser exhibited his visual techniques, using the new cinematic features, with a sharp direction from Bigelow. Both worked together on Academy-recognized film ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ where Fraser won Best Cinematography and Bigelow nominated for Best Picture.
“It’s a completely integrated process now,” says Bigelow. “The iPhone doesn’t require any ancillary piece of equipment.”
Bigelow commentated on the overall filmmaking process with the smartphone.
“I think all pretention tends to disappear. It makes the set and the filming process much less apprehensive,” says Bigelow.
Fraser discussed the value shooting with iPhone.
“There was no limitations to what I could do with this particular camera, whereas normally, everybody gets so precious about a camera lens. It’s so expensive, or it’s so fragile,” says Fraser.
See Fraser and Bigelow’s work with iPhone 13 Pro below.
Catch Fraser’s work in ‘Dune’ coming to theatres internationally today and in cinemas plus HBO Max on October 22, 2021 in the United States.