FIlmMaker Magazine in Brazil published an interview about Romance in NYC. Check it out if you speak the language here!
Rough English Translation
A romantic short film entirely filmed with an iPhone6 has dadoo to speak at international
festivals. Romance in NYC, the American Director Tristan Pope, takes advantage of smartphone mobility
to reproduce the intimacy of a couple on the streets of New York in a production round in three days
and with a budget of just $ 7, 5mil (cercadeR $ 22mil), obtained by crowdfunding. The short film is shot
from the viewpoint of the boyfriend. Pope, 31 years, operates the camera as a narrator-character:
during a hug in bed or a walk in the Park, seeking to give the impression that the public sees the same as
To capture such personal moments, the Director wanted to shoot was close, no grand
equipment and large team. “I chose the iPhone because it was the best way to tell the story. I felt like I
had finally found the media that I wanted to achieve that feeling of intimacy and candor, “he says. But
Pope also knew that, to go beyond the homemade video, needed to master the technique. “Even when
you shoot with the cell phone, is still needed to understand, some light. It’s not because you have a
camera you can make a movie, “he says.
Pope’s first experience with mobile filmmaking was Dancers of NYC, shot less than two minutes.
During filming, he was impressed with the quality of an image of the Sun captured by the camera of the
iPhone and decided to pursue a more ambitious project. In Romance in NYC, he accumulated the
functions of Director, editor, executive producer and director of photography. Featured seven more
people on the team, starting with the creative Assistant Natalie Deryn Johnson, who did a bit of
everything: helped with the script, held doors for Pope could pass while filming and, on occasion,
operated the camera so that the Director used both hands on stage.
Virag Gulyas commanded the casting, which was attended by more than 1,000 actresses. The
chosen was Rachel McOwen, who made a tip in a film in the Spider-man franchise and played Miley
Cyrus in a viral on the internet. The role of the girlfriend, her look was in charge of the costume designer
David Crowley and make up artists Paige Campbell and Missy Scarbrough, who had the Mission of
keeping the face of actress with natural appearance. “The iPhone shows the skin extremely clear, more
than the normal cameras,” explains the Director. Finally, Milan Maric helped in lighting and recorded
behind the scenes footage with a CanonEOS 7 d. Pope didn’t want the making of it filmed with a cell
phone that didn’t have the same aesthetic of short. “In addition, needed he used a telephoto lens to be
away from the action, filming without appearing in the frame,” explains.
The backstage images were used in making the release on the internet and in videos made for sponsors:
companies Glidecam Blackwing and MoviePro application, who donated products and/or contribute to
the crowd-funding campaign. In general, the equipment used by Pope sought to give stability to the
filming. In scenes in which the characters walked or ran, the Director chose a Glidecam HD-1000
stabilizer. In more static, takes the Blackwing which allowed stall iPhone safely.
A malleable tripod Joby Gorilla Pod DSLR was operated curiously: Pope held only one of the
“legs” of the accessory and used the other two in own face, to position the iPhone a little above the
eyes. This allowed him to move his head while filming, which created “the boyfriend”. According to the
requirements of each scene, were used different brackets, stabilizers, tripods and monopods, plus a
portable battery charger Anker. To improve contrast, reduce glare and create other lighting effects, the
team resorted to a polarizing filter, a portable reflector Newer and a reflector of Amazon Led Basics.
“The iPhone can blow the light easily, and we needed to be prepared,” he justifies.
The application allowed MoviePro extend the functionality of the camera phone in questions
such as exposure, temperature décor and soul-capturing rate. Pope was attracted by the promise that, if
the product fails, the chances of losing the material would be less than 1%. Before shooting, he
contacted the developer and gave suggestions. “We work together to create and implement ideas that
are now available to the public,” he says. “The application has saved my skin on several occasions and
the result was amazing: helped me understand how the iPhone could shoot better and allowed me to
take it to the limit,” says
SOUND AND POST PRODUCTION
As Romance in NYC has no dialogue, the script just listed locations and the feelings and ideas which
should be transmitted in each scene. The improvisation was frequent and welcome. The absence of
dialogue also ruled out the need for equipment for audio capture. Post-production, which took between
two and three weeks, urban sound effects have been added (such as the sound of the subway) and a
soundtrack created especially for the movie by independent artists. All correction and audio editing was
done on computer with Adobe Suites (Adobe Premiere eAfterEffects), while the color correction was
made with Magic Bullets, Custom LUTS and Davinci Resolves. And the nearly 30 hours of material
resulted in a short 17 minutes and 44 seconds which will be distributed on the internet (probably in
iTunes) after ending his career at festivals. Romance in NYC has been displayed in New York, Madrid,
Zurich and Toronto, and yielded the Pope calls for talks in the Apple stores.
THE STORY DICTATES THE CAMERA
Excited as low cost and portability of filming with the cell phone, the Director has already made another
short with the iPhone, Snowday, you have three minutes long and captures the movements of a dancer
during a Blizzard. “It’s a format extremely liberating. I have a really awesome equipment, which allows
me to stabilize and create paintings that would cost me thousands of dollars in any other way, “he says.
This does not mean that Pope will never shoot with other cameras – in fact, he says to keep an eye on
the SonyAlpha 7S. “If my next movie be better on the lenses of a RED or BlackMagic, I’m going to use
them,” he says.
For him, the technology allows the filmmaker choose your camera according to the story you
want to tell, without bothering to follow the industry standard. “When I was younger, rented equipment
and accessories not because were using them, but so that people take me more seriously. With the
success of mobile filmmaking, is no longer the case. A story is a story, no matter if you see it in 1080 p or
4 k “says.
It was during college theatre that Pope discovered his interest in direction. Without formal training in
filmmaking, it considers the work as the actor, dancer, photographer and theatrical director helps
behind the scenes. “I feel like everything is blended in “do it now”: drive. If one side I’m self-taught, on
the other I think my life, my experiences and what I’ve learned with tentative and mistake, or just
watching the many movies and plays, they helped me have the skills I have, “says.
It was also crucial to passage by the software and games company Blizzard Entertainment. For a
little more than four years, Pope directed, edited, and produced material for Warcraft and Diablo,
besides working in the episode Make Love, Not Warcraft SouthPark television show, which combined
animation and video games and was awarded the Emmy, the Oscar of American television. Pope says he
has left Blizzard to “work with people”. He claims that, as a Director, wants to focus more on the human
aspects and history than in technical aspects. “But you can’t do one without the other, so I’m grateful for
the technical prowess I learned,” he says.