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Filmmaker Nathan Silver on shooting in 4K Ultra HD on an LG G3

Nov 21, 2014

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I spend a lot of time on YouTube -- more than my bosses would probably like.

When I learned that the latest line of Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors are capable of 4K Ultra HD video capture (view a running list of 4K capable Snapdragon powered devices here), I started wondering what kind of fun videos consumers would create (and that will entertain me at work). I also wondered what a seasoned film director could create. Qualcomm recruited an indie film director in New York to answer that question.

Brooklyn filmmaker Nathan Silver has directed five feature length films, one of which screened at movie festivals throughout the world (in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Vinnale, and more). For Qualcomm, Silver set out to create his short film, “Family Affair,” shot entirely in New York, using only a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor powered LG G3 smartphone:

Nathan's 4K film debuted during a Qualcomm-hosted event dubbed “Night at the Ultra HD Museum.” Along with Nathan's film, the event featured industry leaders who offered insight to the 4K Ultra HD landscape. The lineup included "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn, Major League Baseball Advanced Media CTO/SVP Joe Inzerillo and more.

After his film debuted I spoke with Nathan briefly about his experience capturing 4K video on the LG G3.  He talked about some of the things to think about when gearing up for a shoot with your smartphone:

Some highlights of our conversation:

"My first feature was on 35mm, then I shot on MiniDV, then I shot on a DSLR...so this is actually the first time I've shot in 4K resolution. It looks great."

"I love run and gun style shooting, so it's nice to have something you can just pull out. It was really fun to fool around with it all over the city and just shoot really high-resolution stuff.

Basically, if you can shoot a 4K movie on a phone, you're not weighed down by a lot of equipment and you can shoot anywhere you want to, you can do anything you want to. I have this project in the spring that I want to shoot on cell phones, so this actually fits in beautifully.

With 4K you can zoom in on things, you have much more information to work with--which I like. You can reframe shots. Especially because everything I do is improvised; or a lot of it is. So it helps, because you don't always have the frame you want."

Don’t miss out on your chance to share your own 4K Ultra HD vision in our 4K Video contest. You could win the top prize of $25K (full terms and conditions).

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