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July 10, 2012

Top 5 film firsts on a Nokia mobile

Did you enjoy the Nokia Connects #FilmWeek? In the last 10 days we have been celebrating everything film on the page, from ‘5 of the best film festivals you’ve never heard of’ to ‘The 7 greatest sci-fi quotes in movie history’, finishing off with the #NokiaFilmChallenge announcement yesterday (our winner was Roley Martin a.k.a The Joker). I thought it was only right to officially close our film theme by looking back at the top 5 films firsts on a Nokia mobile….so here we go.

1. Dot 

This film went down in the Guinness World Records as the ‘world’s smallest stop motion character animation’. It was shot on a Nokia N8 using CellScope technology and directed by Sumo Science from the world famous Aardman Animation, the best of the best in the animation industry. They could only shoot up to four seconds of footage a day on the Dot production set, so the process was pretty long and aarduous for the team (excuse the pun).


Check out the behind the scenes footage of the film being made. It’s the definition of patience.

2. Gulp

From the smallest to the largest stop animation now. ‘Gulp’ is a short film again created by Sumo Science at Aardman, depicting a fisherman going about his daily catch. Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics.


Here are the guys behind the sand sculptures you see in the film.

3. Olive

In a list of firsts for smartphone filming, I am about to highlight yet another. Below is ‘Olive’, the first feature film to be shot entirely on a smartphone. It’s a film about a little girl who transforms the lives of three people without speaking a word. The phone was double-taped to a set of traditional film-camera lenses to create an authentic cinematic experience.

Here are the first five minutes of the film:


Does the cinematic quality surprise you at all?

4. Splitscreen: A Love Story

An ingenious idea from James Griffiths here, the winner of our Nokia Shorts competition from back in 2011. I could watch this over and over again. In the short film James illustrates the journey of two young lovers on a trip across the Atlantic to meet each other by using a splitscreen filming technique. The two very different journeys are made to look similar when the splitscreen visuals are lined up to match each other. It’s a real joy to watch and the first film to be made using this technique on a mobile phone.

via James W Griffiths

5. A Day with Tim, Kie & Pip – a 3D Freerunning Film 

Let’s literally jump to the present day now. Some of you may have seen me highlighting some freerunning interviews and video in the last 10 days on Nokia Connects? Well this great work by film maker Claudiu Voicu mustn’t go unnoticed on this list. Claudiu used arguably three of the best freerunners in the world and two Nokia 808 PureView phones side by side to make this 3D debut for PureView Technology (also available in 2D).


Do you think you will ever have the time and patience to make any of the films above? If so why don’t you enter your efforts into the NokiaConnectsGo challenge for a chance to win a Lumia 900? You could be one of the first people to make a feature film using a phone from the Lumia family! If you do have any films you would like to share with us then please do tweet us at the usual place or leave your comments below.