Innovation in the phone-camera has exploded over the last few years, and at the forefront of this technological leap has been the OPPO Reno series. The boom has led to a creative explosion of video content, from 15-second funny skits to 15-minute dramatic short films. We see them on social media and forward videos on our chat groups all the time; videos shot by ordinary people just like us, using a phone at home. Some make us laugh, some make us go aww and others make us tag our friends and comment “same”. The power of the camera in our pockets has democratised videography, and we no longer need fancy light setups, different kinds of lenses, and a bank loan to be able to create stunning video content.
As a budding filmmaker and tech enthusiast, I’ve always wondered if phone cameras can take the next giant step: Can they challenge professional cameras used for professional shoots, can they help us make movies? One of my favourite filmmakers from the Bollywood industry, Imtiaz Ali certainly seems to think so. In fact, he used the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G to shoot and edited a heart-warming short film, ‘Eyes For You’. And the results are for everyone to see. In the behind-the-scenes footage of the film, there’s a nonchalant moment where they are shooting a scene at the beach and it’s so easy and effortless to just point a phone and then leave once it is done. A shoot close to the water with expensive equipment and a crew would be a nightmare. Imagine having all the tools you need in your pocket instead of a truck where the equipment has to be loaded and unloaded as if you’re shifting your house. I can bet any amount with any person, if no one told you in advance, you’d never be able to point out that the film was shot and edited on Reno5 Pro 5G. It’s that good.
However, the standout feature and also Imtiaz Ali’s favourite, is the AI Highlight Video, a feature that uses an AI algorithm to recognise light levels, and then applies a corresponding solution to make every video clear and vibrant. “What is most impressive about the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is the AI Highlight Video feature, and I realised that it is the key to the phone being so interesting for shooting. I’m using the AI feature a lot. My experience has always been shooting with professional cameras but working on this campaign with OPPO had its own excitement. For the first time ever, I shot a short film with a smartphone, and I am thrilled at the results” he said. A glowing endorsement from one of the best in the business, what more do you need? The ace director also advised budding filmmakers to use the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G for their dream projects. I’m on board and ready to go!
Be it the focus shots, sequences captured in low light, or use of the slow-motion feature, the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is #winning on every count. The Dubai skyline is terrifically showcased in the film using AI Highlight Video -Ultra Night mode. Usually, the night mode feels like entering a dark room with a torch, but the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is seriously good in low light. The AI Highlight Video with Live HDR mode on the phone prevents bright areas from being overexposed during daytime outdoor shoots. True to his genius and craft, Imtiaz Ali has also made great use of the time-lapse and slow-motion feature in the film, which is a breath of fresh air and brings visual variety to the bouquet of shots taken. If this short film was a dish, it would be the classic thali, covering a lot of variety and still retaining its distinct taste.
The OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is truly every video creator’s dream. It enables us to shoot high quality videos from the comfort of our home. One no longer needs an entourage of 25 people (like Kim Kardashian’s) on set, but even our tech-challenged parents can help us get the perfect shot. One doesn’t have to spend big bucks and break their bank FD’s to activate a project, videography has become extremely cost efficient. The various features and modes allow filmmakers and content creators like me to explore creative visions, test their craft, and make fabulous films. If Imtiaz Ali has the same phone that I have, and if he can make that kind of a short film using the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G, it is an inspiration for budding filmmakers like me to push the boundaries!
Take your OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G and head out to make engaging video content that can leave your audiences in awe. I know I will. As the protagonist in Imtiaz Ali’s short film states, it is not about the sight but a vision. Let the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G be your eyes, as you showcase your vision to the world.
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