Let's first get over the fact that much of this could very well be a ploy to raise money in order to be the first independently financed film to reach the big screen. Now we can focus on how cool it is that this film -- "Olive" -- was shot entirely on a smartphone.
Yes, they made adjustments to improve film quality and achieve smoother production, but they also overcame some interesting barriers, like, for example, that the filmographers saw an upside down image on the smartphone screen while filming.
Check out some of the behind-the-scenes technical aspects of filming:
As PC World points out, traditional movie cameras and DSLRs are expensive so a smartphone may be a good option for indie filmmakers. PC World reports that the film was shot with a Nokia N8 with some other additions:
The Nokia N8 was the last hurrah for Nokia’s Symbian-powered phones. The phone also featured a more notable 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss glass that could record 720p video. [...] The sharp depth-of-field might just be the lenses doing their work; but all that great light, color, and detail are all the smartphone camera sensor’s doing.
The smartphone sure achieves that indie film feel without looking like it was shot on a device that moms use to capture every little thing their children do so they can then post it on Facebook.
Here is the first five minutes of "Olive":
Corrections have been made to this story since its original posting.