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January 13, 2011

South Korean Director Uses iPhone 4 to Shoot Movie

By Ed Silverstein
TMCnet Contributor

The iPhone (News - Alert) is used for all sorts of tasks but an award-winning movie director has found a new way to use the popular device: To shoot an entire horror movie.

South Korean film director Park Chan-wook used an iPhone 4 to shoot "Paranmanjang.”

The movie is about a man, who while fishing, catches a woman. "Paranmanjang," translates into English as a "life full of ups and downs."

Using the iPhone gave it a unique quality.

For example, the iPhone allowed the film’s directors to use a wider variety of angles and make more film edits because they could use a larger number of cameras, according to The AP.

"There are some good points of making a movie with the iPhone as there are many people around the world who like to play and have fun with them. It is light and small, and … anyone can use it,” said Chan-wook.

Much of the shooting was similar to when using traditional cameras but in this case the movie’s directors put lenses on their iPhones.

"The new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to," Chan-wook said.

The 30-minute movie was very low cost, at least based on Hollywood standards. It cost $133,000. It is scheduled to start playing in South Korean movie theaters on Jan. 27.

Chan-wook's earlier movie, "Old Boy," won second place at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. A third movie, "Thirst," tied for third-place at Cannes in 2009.

In other iPhone news, TMCnet reported that Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless announced support for Apple’s iPhone 4 on its wireless CDMA network beginning Thursday, Feb. 10.

Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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