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Oscar-winning director’s iPhone short is all about the joy of shooting vertically


Damien Chazelle
You don't need widescreen vistas to tell an amazing story.
Photo: Apple

People who shoot iPhone videos vertically are often mocked for having committed some nigh-unforgivable sin. Well, you count Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) among the guilty. And he’s far from embarrassed about it.

Apple Wednesday debuted a short film shot by Chazelle using his iPhone 11 Pro. In the “Vertical Cinema” short, the Oscar-winning filmmaker shows how vertical shooting can be used to breathe new life into existing movie tropes. Lots and lots of movie tropes. Check it out below.

Every Apple TV+ series and movie currently in the works [Updated]


Apple spent more than $20 million advertising Apple TV+ last month
Here’s what’s on Apple TV+ right now
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The star-studded Apple TV+ lineup is starting to look like it could become a legitimate contender to Netflix and HBO. After going on a Hollywood spending spree in the last eight months, Apple appears poised to make a huge push into original content.

Thanks to its new worldwide video executive team, many of the Apple TV series in development actually look really promising and diverse. From Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories to mysterious new sci-fi series See, Apple’s working on some shows everyone could enjoy.

Check out the full list of Apple TV+ series and movies currently in the pipeline.

Update: We’ve added all the shows we know about heading into Apple’s big March 25 event, where the company expected to finally unveil its TV streaming service.

La La Land director inks huge TV deal with Apple


La La Land
The director of La La Land is making a TV show.
Photo: Summit Entertainment

Apple’s growing roster of high profile Hollywood projects has added yet another A-list director to its swelling ranks.

Acclaimed filmmaker Damien Chazelle has reportedly signed a deal with Apple to create a mysterious new original TV show for the iPhone-maker.