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Apple and the director of Oldboy present a short movie shot entirely on the iPhone 13 Pro

An opening shot from Park Chan-wook's new short. (Source: Apple via YouTube)
An opening shot from Park Chan-wook's new short. (Source: Apple via YouTube)
Park Chan-wook, director of the modern classic Oldboy, has partnered with Apple to post a 21-minute big-production-value video, albeit apparently shot using nothing more than several units of the iPhone 13 Pro. The project is ostensibly intended to showcase the 2021 flagship's upgraded cameras, previously touted as capable of shooting entire features as in this instance.

Apple's official YouTube channel has just added what it calls a "Park Chan-wook film shot on iPhone 13 ProApple iPhone 13 Pro Review - Bombastic smartphone with minor weaknesses". Despite this description, the video is about 21 minutes long, yet may pack the techniques and content the OEM clearly wanted to show in order to back up certain claims made at the launch of the phone in question.

They revolved around the 13 Pro's triple rear cameras, which, as Apple asserts, have the specs necessary to use as a main shooter, even in a project such as this. It has allowed the director, possibly best known for the film Oldboy (the original), to tell a story that involves fantasy, martial arts and supernatural occurrences.

Apple has also provided a behind-the-scenes video for the short film, Life is But a Dream, that seems to establish it was indeed made using nothing but units of the 13 Pro. On the other hand, Park and crew are shown using gimbals in some scenes, rather than relying on the iPhone's native stabilization.

In addition, there is a disclaimer toward the end of the feature stating that some scenes were at least partially computer-generated; furthermore, the use of "additional" software and hardware was mentioned. Finally, Apple concedes that the video was edited "on a Mac" rather than on the iPhone itself.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-02-19 (Update: 2022-02-23)