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A Complete Rundown on How to Use FiLMiC Pro for Smartphone Filmmaking

If you ever wondered how Sean Baker was able to make his film Tangerine look that good on an iPhone 5s, this is the app that did a lot of the leg work.

Making a film with a smartphone used to be considered kind of an amateurish joke, but in this post-Tangerine era, indie filmmakers have become even more cunning and found ways to turn their phones into tiny cinematic powerhouses. One of the tools that really led the way was FiLMiC Pro, an app that allows you to control focus, exposure, and other settings that are important for creating high-quality images. If this has piqued your interest—good—because filmmaker Richard Lackey has shared a tutorial that completely breaks down and explains the app and all of its functions.

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