10 top tips for Oscar-worthy filmmaking on your camera phone

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We're rapidly approaching Academy Awards season, which is an inspiring time for filmmakers everywhere as the film industry is abuzz with recognition and celebration of fantastic filmmaking. You won't need to reach for the best cinema cameras to shoot something suitably cinematic, though – as the best camera phones are more than capable of award-worthy shots. 

There are numerous movies that were shot with a smartphone that have been contenders for awards, including 2011's Oscar-nominated Olive which was created on a Nokia N8, and the BAFTA-recognized short film Missed Call which was shot entirely on an iPhone X. More recently, Oscar-winning filmmaker, Charlie Kaufman, shot the short film Jackals and Fireflies using the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.