Sunday 31 October 2010

Nokia N8 introduce 'The Commuter'

Last Monday I stopped by the premiere of Nokia’s highly anticipated new short film, The Commuter, which stars Dev Patel, Pamela Anderson, Charles Dance and Ed Westwick. Whilst films and their resulting premieres aren’t really my area of expertise, I was both intrigued and highly impressed that The Commuter was shot entirely in mobile HD, exclusively on the new Nokia N8 smartphone, which I think is just a small glimpse at the future of multi-media – making filmmaking so much more accessible, thus expanding the industry for the better, perhaps even helping to eliminate colossal budgets.
Jermaine Jackson along with two of The Commuter's stars: Pamela Anderson and Charles Dance - Images courtesy of Nokia
Shot in just four days with the Nokia N8, the streets of London and St. Albans provide the backdrop to Nokia’s story about one commuter’s (Dev Patel), eventful journey to work. Attracted to the project due to the technology used, Patel said: “I’m always interested in embracing new technology in film-making and the main reason I really wanted to get involved with The Commuter was because it was being shot just on mobile phones. I wanted to encourage the next generation of filmmakers by showing that you don’t need expensive equipment and big budgets to make your own movies. The quality of a camera phone, like the Nokia N8 allows filmmakers to produce amazing HD movies and I hope The Commuter shows aspirational filmmakers that you can create a great movie even using a mobile phone.”

Directed by one of the UK’s hottest upcoming directorial pairings, the McHenry brothers, The Commuter showcases the stunning HD 720p 12 MP camera on the N8, pushing the new device to its limits, from shooting free runners leaping across the roof tops of London’s East End to filming the streets of Soho from the front of a sports car!

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