The Avengers Was Partially Shot Using An iPhone! [Video]

On May 4th 2012, Marvel is scheduled to culminate its last four years of superhero movies with The Avengers, the Joss Whedon helmed ensemble super hero movie starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Helmsworth as Thor and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.

But did you know that parts of The Avengers were shot on an iPhone? Yup. Apple Fans Assemble!

According to Avengers cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, not only were parts of the movie filmed with an iPhone, they are even in the trailer:

The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand. On The Avengers, I did a couple of shots on the iPhone and they are in the movie. In fact, they are in the trailer! I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film

I’m not really surprised again: we’ve seen time and time again that the iPhone 4 is a capable video camera, given perfect lighting conditions. I’m still guessing all we’re talking about are a couple of small reaction shots, like at the beginning of the film, but it’s still impressive. Anyone want to guess which shots in the trailer are from an iPhone?

  • Andy Murdock

    This movie is gonna suck millionaire style

  • Andy Murdock

    This movie is gonna suck millionaire style

  • Arcus

    What’s this based on?

  • Steven Kent

    I’m thinking the shot of the cops shooting up at something and maybe the one of the car blowing up are shaky enough to be done with an iPhone.  Also the low angle shot of Thor with the sun behind him looks like it might be an impromptu shot with an iPhone.   

  • botman_and_rubinstein

    the trailer obviously. 

  • David N.

    How about the iPhone 4S? I’m still amazed by the quality.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • SMelro

    The conversation between Iron Man and Captain America…   

  • baby_Twitty

    lol the fuck?

     “…sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice…”

    so a multi million dollar budget movie … sigh i don’t even…

  • Aaron

    Millionaires don’t suck. They pay someone to suck for them.  :)

  • Eric

    The sad thing is, those guys weren’t all the original Avengers.  They are missing Yellow Jacket/Giant Man, Wasp, Vision, Wanda the Witch, and Black Panther.

  • Scott Kurtz

    More than likely the shot was the upshot of Thor looking into the air with the sun bleeding through behind him. It looks like something untouched by special effects and that it was a handheld shot and capable of being shot of an iphone

  • Rafael Conde

    I would bet on the shot of the mountains, where the letters and stars fly around it.

  • Leroy

    It’s a crap video camera, nothing will ever change that.

  • Leroy

    Their line is that after they lose the earth they will Avenge it? Christ. Trying too hard. Makes no sense even in comic world.

  • Rich Heidtman

    Girls in window reflection 0:12
    Thor shot + sun + hammer + brush on right 0:47

  • ahmad

    i have no idea i really tried

  • SevanGrim

    id guess Scarletts explosion and Steve and Tony’s pissing fight.

  • Dwayne

    They come later on. Those characters missing were never around in the first Avengers. I hope they do make more Avengers movies with those characters though.

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