Standing ovation in Cannes for iPhone shot movie

“He [Lelouch] told me it was the camera he’d been dreaming of his entire life”
– Maxime Heraud (cinematographer)

This insightful article on veteran Oscar-winning director Claude Lelouch demonstrates why more and more film makers are turning to the iPhone (and the FilmicPro camera app) to make intimate and authentic films.

Lelouch and the iPhone rig used in the shooting of his latest film – with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook

In fact, the mobile filmmaking revolution in is compared here (by Lelouch’s cinematographer) to the nouvelle vague of cinema in the 60s…

Lelouch said: “I love shooting with an iPhone as I can film anywhere, anytime!
In 10 years’ time it will be the only way to film. It lets us come closer and capture better than anything ever before.”

Lelouch recently screened his new film Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie (The Best Years of a Life) at Canne – it was partly shot on an iPhone.

You can read more at The Independent here.

So I’m curious – would you be encouraged or put off paying to watch a film (in a cinema) shot on a mobile device?

Please comment below.

6 Months of 100% Freelance

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So, 1 July marked 6 months of 100% freelance and I have a few numbers that I’m quite pleased with.

Over 30 workshops.
23 of them #MadeOnAMobile (a handful of those are in the pic above).
That’s just over 300 people trained, most of them in mobile filmmaking, in 6 months.

This compares with 120 last year when I was freelance one day a week. That means, pro-rata, the business has scaled with the days 100% (5 x 120 = 600).

Now, that’s not to say I’ll get 300 in the second half of the year but it’s a goal! So, thank you to everyone who has booked me over the last 6 months – especially those who have booked me again. And again (and there are a few).

Thank you also to everyone who has taken part. The workshops are designed to be fun and there hasn’t been a single session where I got the feeling that people were not enjoying themselves – and I’ve enjoyed them all.

The feedback has also been great.
Apart from feedback on the workshop days themselves I’ve also had two people approach me (independently) at a conference last month and thank me for a workshop they were on last year and three years ago respectively. I asked if they’d be happy to share their experience with others and both agreed – so I had a quick chat with them on video and I’ll be sharing those very soon.

So, no time to be basking in the glory, your as good as your next job. Best get to it!


Comic Scene Podcast – interview

In February 2019 I sat down with Phillip Vaughan (@phillipbvaughan), host of the Comic Scene Podcast, to have a chat about how I started out as an illustrator of children’s comics and the artists, stories and publications that continue to inspire my work now as a designer and filmmaker.

Conversation included how I started at the Shoe People in Stourbridge (West Midlands), working on DC Thomson’s Dandy Comic Library Specials; old Marvel UK Hulk comics, Batman monthly, Batman Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, Tiger, the Beano and more…

The entire podcast is just over an hour so I’ve edited it down into two taster chunks to whet appetites.

You can find the full episode six here:…

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Open a scene like Hitchcock

So you make short films for your organisation?

Maybe you’re part of a comms team or your role includes documenting what you do to share with customers or staff. Where do you go for inspiration? What films can you watch to get ideas for work projects? Is it okay to open your film like Hitchcock?


This article (link below) breaks down how the Master of Suspense sets the scene for Rear Window. It’s the perfect example of how the genre of the film being made doesn’t matter – storytelling is the same no matter what you do.

Putting thought into where you point your camera – the composition, the angle, themovement – are all really important considerations. And the principles are the same no matter what you are capturing – a Hollywood blockbuster, a staff conference or a promo for your business.

And with most videos on social media (the intros at the very least) being watched with the sound off, there’s never been a better reason to mastering visual and silent storytelling. It not only guides your audience but may also encourage them to switch sound on and watch the rest of your film.

Read: Open a Scene like Hitchcock here

Capturing Creativity

Ever found yourself at 2am working on a passion project wondering why you do this to yourself?

But this is not about me. While I was making Open Close Movie last year I asked myself that question. It’s rhetorical really. I know my answer and I know I will do it to myself time and time again. However, I was intrigued to speak to others of whom I suspected the same was true.

Here are the first three in an occasional series of interviews with creatives I know who put themselves out there in various ways but with creativity in common.


Another thing that they have in common is that they are all male. I have tried to redress the issue before now however timings haven’t worked out. However, there won’t be another episode until they do.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy these…

Alien Cormorant

Part one is Alan Cormack, member of (John Peel favourites) Spare Snare, who recorded an album in 2018 with Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies). Alan takes on commissions (as he did for Open Close Movie) under the moniker of The Alien Cormorant and has supplied the music for all three of these episodes.

As with all of these episodes, this interview was shot, edited and shared from an iPad. If you’re interested in making films using mobile devices be sure and connect with me or join the #MadeOnAMobile LinkedIn Group.

In No2 of my #SuperFlyOnTheWall mini-docs, Dundee based comic book creator Monty Nero talks about his latest projects and what it takes to drive a successful Kickstarter campaign.

“Seeking Perfection – the Unofficial Guide to TREMORS” (cult classic monster movie from 1990 starring Kevin Bacon) was self published by Edinburgh based author and digital content producer, Jonathan Melville in 2015.

He’s currently working on his second book on the 1986 film Highlander.

This interview took place in January 2019.

If you enjoyed these are have feedback please comment or message me – especially if you have suggestions for future interviews! And remember, if you’re interested in making films using mobile devices be sure and connect with me or join the #MadeOnAMobile LinkedIn Group.

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Jon Gill is a freelance film maker and designer, working with people to explore challenges and opportunities for ‘building better’ – He designs and delivers practical, hands-on workshops in brand development, social media and film making. #MadeOnAMobile