Before James Cameron made Avatar, he literally had to invent new ways of filming in order to fulfill his creative vision. But could he (or any other director for that matter) create the same movie magic if all he had were a cell phone video camera? It’s unlikely, but most auteurs wouldn’t necessarily let a lack of technology hinder the creative process.
For example, take the movie Olive– a classic example of doing more with less. Olive is the first full-length move film shot entirely on a cell phone camera. Starring Academy Award-nominated actress Gena Rowlands, the film is about a girl who changes the lives of three people without uttering a word.
In a recent Commonwealth Club event, Pat Gilles and Hooman Khalili, the writers and directors of Olive, explained the difficulties that come with filming on a device like a cell phone.