$1.99 iPhone app helps filmmaker win Oscar

searching for sugar manDirector Malik Bendjelloul picked up the Oscar for best documentary at the 85th Academy Awards in LA on Monday night for Searching for Sugar Man. To movie buffs, the award may not have come as too much of a surprise, as the film has already won a slew of prizes around the world. But what you might not know is that it’s become the first movie partly shot on an iPhone to win an Academy Award.

In a recent interview with CNN, Bendjelloul said he’d been shooting segments for the film using a Super 8 camera, but eventually the funds for his movie dried up, leaving the 35-year-old Swedish director in a bit of a pickle.

He only needed a few shots to complete the film so tried out the $1.99 8mm Vintage Camera app, which adds a filter to the footage to give a Super 8 effect. To his delight, the results were exactly what he was looking for.

Reviewing one of the sequences in the movie that he shot with the iPhone app, Bendjelloul commented, “It looks like real film, it really does. You can’t tell the difference.”

The vintage camera app will already be familiar to many of you; it’s been in and out of the charts for a couple of years now. But with a story like this attached to it, it’s sure to see sales go through the roof. Hongyu Chi, president of the China-based company behind the app, said prior to the Oscar win he was “thrilled” it had been used in Bendjelloul’s movie. Wonder how he’s feeling now….

Searching for Sugar Man is a movie about 70s musician Sixto Rodriquez, an American singer who, despite being a virtual unknown in his home country, became hugely successful in South Africa.

Of course, it’s not the first time a filmmaker has used  a smartphone to shoot all or part of a movie – in 2011, for example, South Korean director Park Chan-wook used a bunch of iPhone 4 devices for a 30-minute film called Night Fishing, while in the same year a Nokia N8 smartphone was used to shoot the world’s largest stop-motion animation.

[Image: CNN]

Mobile

How beneficial is ECG in the new Apple Watch? We asked an expert

The Apple Watch Series 4 is packed with features that make it the best smartwatch on the market, but just how valuable is the new ECG and heart-tracking functionality? We spoke to some experts to find out.
Mobile

The iPhone XS and XS Max survive being dunked in 138 cans of beer

Apple's special event is over, and we were introduced to the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Here's everything we know about the 2018 iPhone trio, from their cameras to release dates.
Mobile

The best iPhone XR screen protectors to keep that big screen safe

The iPhone XR is Apple's midsized iPhone, and it's worth protecting. You might have picked up a case, but what about the screen? Keep your display safe with the best iPhone XR screen protectors.
Product Review

Don't let the bigger iPhones woo you away: The XS is still a masterpiece

Apple’s next smartphone is here -- the iPhone XS. We think it’s the perfect size for an iPhone, and it manages to impress with astounding performance, and sizable camera improvements.
Mobile

Which new iPhone is the best? iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max vs. iPhone XR

Apple has three new iPhone models to choose from this year, making the choice a little harder than usual. What's the difference between the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, and which is best?
Product Review

Controversy has dogged the MacBook Pro lately. Is it still a good purchase?

The MacBook Pro is a controversial laptop these days -- and that's unfortunate. Due to some divisive changes Apple made to the functionality of the MacBook Pro, fans are more split. Does the 8th-gen refresh change that?
Apple

Apple hates sex, drugs, and violence — on Apple TV, anyway

Apple is working hard to produce original TV shows and movies. It's also working to ensure that violence, nudity, and other potentially offensive content can't tarnish the company's image.
Mobile

Apple iPhone XS vs. Sony Xperia XZ3: Which is the best phone for you?

What happens when one of Apple's best clashes with one of Sony's top performers? We're here to find out as we pit the iPhone XS against the Xperia XZ3 in various categories. Find out which of these smartphones will suit you best.
Mobile

Apple purchases Shazam and makes the app free of ads

Soon after Apple announced it was acquiring music-recognition service Shazam, it was revealed that the European Commission would be looking into the deal. The commission has now cleared the way for Apple's acquisition of Shazam.
Computing

Here's how to install the free MacOS Mojave update now

Apple's newest operating system has finally arrived, and we'll show you how to download MacOS Mojave for free. After you install Mojave, you'll be able to take advantage of new apps ported from iOS, a dark theme, and more.
Mobile

The best iPhone XS Max screen protectors to safeguard that huge screen

If you love big screens, then the iPhone XS Max's huge 6.5-inch display is for you. But it won't fare well against concrete. Protect your display with the best iPhone XS Max screen protectors.
Computing

MacOS Mojave has landed. Here are the five best features of the update

Apple's new version of MacOS is finally here and can be installed on your Mac today. Why should you upgrade? Well, there's a lot more to the update than just Dark Mode. Here are the five features you need to know about.
Mobile

Google Feed is now known as ‘Discover,’ will be available on mobile browsers

As part of its 20th anniversary, Google unveiled its plans to improve Search starting with its Google Feed. Now known as Discover, the update brings along a redesign to help you find content that aligns with your interests.
Computing

How to enable dark mode in MacOS Mojave

Learn how to enable dark mode in MacOS Mojave! As Mac's latest update gears up to hit all Mac systems later this year, the public beta for Mojave is nearly open for you to test out the latest features. One of the most in-demand changes is…