Apple Hires Park Chan Wook, Director of ‘Oldboy’, For A ‘Shot on iPhone’ Short Film



The Cupertino giant is once again highlighting the premium features of the iPhone 13 camera with its Shot on iPhone campaign.
This time, the company shared on YouTube the short film called Life is But a Dream, filmed by South Korean director Park Chan-wook. Of course, it was all shot on the iPhone 13 Pro. 

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The 21-minute film tells the story of a gravedigger that needs some wood to build a coffin for the savior of his village. He ends up digging up an abandoned grave but, in the process, awakens the ghost of an ancient swordsman. 

The cast includes Yoo Hai-jin, Kim Ok-vin and Park Jeong-min and the film’s soundtrack, composed by Jang Young-gyu, can be streamed on Apple Music. 

Director Park Chan-wook is best known for his work on Joint Security Area (2000), The Handmaiden (2016) and, most notably, critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite, Oldboy (2003). He has created independent films shot on iPhones in the past, so he’s no stranger to the process. 

In addition to the short film, Apple also shared a 3-minute making-of video of the South Korean short film. One of the key features of the iPhone 13 range is the Cinematic mode and it was used extensively for filming this short. This feature blurs the background behind the subject artificially, thus making it look more dramatic and definitely more professional. 

The crew praises the device’s ability to shoot well even in low-light conditions and, in the clip, we can also see the creative ways in which they took advantage of its compact size to create action-filled shots as well as film up-close and personal shots of dancers without disrupting the choreography. 

You can see them talk about the experience in the video below. 

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Apple Hires Park Chan Wook, Director of ‘Oldboy’, For A ‘Shot on iPhone’ Short Film
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