Enterprising filmmakers shoot a feature-length film on a smart phone

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 10:59am

Director Hooman Khalili didn't make things easy on himself when he set out to make his first full-length feature film, called "Olive."

Star power?

Check, Oscar winner Gena Rowlands is the star.

Funding? Check, courtesy of an early Facebooker.

Media credentials? Check, Khalili is part of the Sarah & Vinnie Radio Alice morning show

Equipment?

This is where things get complicated, and cool.

Khalili and his crew shot the whole thing by rigging an old fashioned film camera up to a Nokia N8 smart phone.

Challenging, yes, but it looks really good.

You won't watch it and think, "this was done entirely on a smartphone."

Khalili says he shot the whole thing in five weeks, rushing things at the end to make the Sundance Film Festival deadline.

He already has an LA theatre set up to screen the movie later this month, so it'll qualify for Oscar contention.

Although this film wasn't completed in Louisiana, the industry is booming. Louisiana is now third in the nation for film production, and 2012 looks as though it's going to be the biggest year for production so far. To keep up with all things happening in the local film industry, take a look at our Cajun Hollywood section.

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