He is brave Jack, she is charming Kitty, and they hunt zombies in a Hollywood blockbuster. But someone else is spoiling their romantic love… The short movie WE’VE GOT COMPANY was entirely shot on an iPhone 6S Plus.
Vladimír Kopacek: Peter Drotar
Zdenek Jarusek: Jack Town
Jan Petrak: cowboys / zombie
Vaclav Jindrich: agent
Katka Etrychovy: intellectual
Story by: Stepan Etrych
Written by: Stepan Etrych & team Aquarius Pictures
Producer: Stepan Etrych
Assistant director: Vaclav Jindrich
Cinematography by: Stepan Etrych
Edited by: Stepan Etrych
Sound recording: Vaclav Jindrich
Sound mix: Stepan Etrych
Make-up & costumes: Katka Etrychova
Lighting: Stepan Etrych, Jan Petrak
Aspect ratio: 1,78:1
Camera: iPhone 6S Plus
Lenses: iPhone 6S Plus, olloClip
* 48 Hour Film Project / Bratislava, Slovakia – BEST SOUND
* VideoCulture Fest / Prague, Czech Republic – BEST FILM: 2nd RUNNER-UP
* Festival Klapka / Kladno, Czech Republic – BEST FILM: RUNNER-UP
* Velcom Smarfilm / Minsk, Belarus
* Toronto Smartphone Film Festival / Toronto, Canada
* Novella Showcase / Jackson, USA
* Realtime Film Festival / Lagos, Nigeria
* 8th Jagran Film Festival / New Delhi, India
* Geofilms Expocinema Film Festival / Padova, Italy
* African Smartphone International Film Festival / Lagos, Nigeria
* Cinema Open / Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
* AFC Global Fest / Kolkata, India
* Serendipity Art Festival / Goa, India
* Festival Cerna vez / Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
* Cefalú Film Festival / Palermo, Italy
* Mostra Cinema Taranto / Bari, Italy
* Art All Night Film Festival / Trenton, USA
FROM THE IDEA TO THE SCREEN
An unpleasant experience can sometimes turn into a great idea. That is the case of the short film WE’VE GOT COMPANY, our third movie shot entirely on an iPhone that was awarded Best Sound at its premiere at Bratislava 48 Hour Film Project.
The story of creation of this film is this one: Stepan Etrych, the director, went one of these rainy autumn days to the cinema to watch a movie. A couple was sitting near to him, and they were commenting very loudly on the film all the time. Of course, they would have done it better. When you want to watch a film, this sort of company is of course not what you really desire.
When we were discussing the idea for the iPhone film, Stepan came with the idea to write a story about such a smartass guy that – sitting at home – is all the time commenting on a film he is watching. “That couple in the movie theater were very annoying, so I have to tell them to shut up. Anyway, now I am happy for them because they gave me a story,” Stepan says.
We shot the WE’VE GOT COMPANY in just two days. The conditions of the 48 festival were the character of Peter Drotar, music composer, a line “Whoever is late pays a fine” and a prop – a wallet. We draw a romance genre along with a fable. We put both in the film actually, with some other too.
The movie was entirely shot on a an iPhone 6S Plus in a 4K resolution. We shot our earlier films Bubbles Don’t Lie and Redemption on an iPhone too. The director and cinematographer Stepan Etrych was wondering about the aspect ratio of this new film deeply. To shoot it in a 2.39:1 anamorphic widescreen, or just 16:9 television format? “I love the anamorphic look, but I decided for the 16:9. It is better for the story, because very important part of it is a TV screen the main character is watching. With 2.39, we would loose a significant part of the image shown in the TV,” Stepan explains.
Concerning the sound, awarded at the festival, the director adds: “The Jack & Kitty part of the movie is a parody for the known Hollywood clichés. But it is not just the line the characters says like ‘I just do my job’, ale also the sound. So typical pathetic music, gunshots, zombie growling etc.”
The movie was shot on an iPhone using the FilmicPro app. “This app is great, I shot with it my previous iPhone films. It simply gives you manual control over the phone, so you have the feeling you shoot with a real camera. You can control manually everything, from the white balance, exposure to the focus,” cinematographer Stepan Etrych explains.
From the shooting. Actress Zuzana Krajickova in front of the iPhone, the director and cinematographer Stepan Etrych behind it…
Actress and a make-up artist Katka Etrychová, director Stepan Etrych and actress Zuzana Krajickova (L-R) with the Best Sound Award from the 48 Hour Film Project, Bratislava.