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Shoot films entirely on Xperia, with Cinematography Pro

Create industry-quality film and video using only your Xperia smartphone with Cinematography Pro – the choice of professional directors.

Working with Cinematography Pro

Drawing on expertise from our Digital Cinema Camera engineers, Cinematography Pro on your Xperia gives you all the tools you need for studio-quality film making. From Look color management pre-sets to 21:9 movie recording, 4K HDR in 24, 25, 30, 60 and 120fps, and Intelligent wind filter, it’s your chance to get creative and record films that the pros would be proud of.

Stardust Children

Watch Stardust Children, a short film by acclaimed director Eiji Uchida.

Meet the director, Eiji Uchida

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Eiji Uchida began his career as a reporter before turning his talents to writing and directing films in 2005. Since then, he has enjoyed widespread success. In 2016, his film “Lowlife Love” was a smash hit at Teatro in Shinjuku and screened at over 30 film festivals worldwide. In 2019, he wrote and directed the Tokyo TV drama “I Turn”, along with two episodes of the hit Netflix show “The Naked Director”. And in 2021, he won the Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Film Awards at the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize for his film “Midnight Swan”.

Xperia delivers an authentic cinematography experience

Director Eiji Uchida offers his thoughts on filming with Xperia:

If you know what you’re shooting, for me it’s the same with a VENICE (Sony’s VENICE CineAlta digital cinema camera) or an Xperia. Xperia has the potential to make your work better.

24fps shooting – the motion picture standard

The last thing I wanted to do was make a film with a home video feel, just because it was a smartphone. The 24fps video frame rate makes a huge difference. In the past I worked so hard to get the “film look”. Cameras that can shoot in a film look are so expensive. Especially because I started in indie films, if I could shoot in a film look on my smartphone that would be so great.

21:9 ratio – made for movies

TV has a 16:9 aspect ratio. And even when it was 4:3, I always loved and wanted to make movies, and shoot in movie aspect, but couldn’t. We tried putting black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, trying hard to make something that felt "like a movie". Honestly, I give kudos to Sony for installing a wide screen that you only see in theatres.

Color grading for that cinematic look

I like the idea of making a particular color stand out. For this film it was red and blue. We’d been talking about doing some sort of final touches with color grading. Basically, when filming I shoot in a way that can roll either way. In this film I created an atmosphere by making certain colors stand out.

120fps for dramatic slow-motion shooting

The high-speed mode is great. The fall at the last scene is shot in high speed and slowed down. We used to have a lot of trouble with high-speed filming. So I was like, “You can shoot slow motion on a smartphone?!”. And it’s proper high speed. I wondered how they did that.



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A new style of movie making

I think there are many directors who would like to film with a smartphone and see how it’s just as fun, myself included.

I’ve seen the footage on set and the finished film. My honest feeling was, “Oh, you can shoot a film on Xperia.”

Capture POV shots

There’s a POV shot at the beginning and the end – that was filmed with an Xperia attached to the actor’s head. You can’t do that with a big apparatus, so that was fresh, it was fun to watch.

The perfect tool for aspiring filmmakers

If I was young and making indie films today it would be so cool. Because we really struggled with slow motion and aspect ratio to get that “film look”.
I envy the fact that you can do that on a smartphone – I mean you could actually shoot a feature film on this.

A smartphone with professional filmmaking capabilities

Of course, Sony makes cinema cameras – I’ve used them myself. I’m sure this idea came to them because they make professional cameras. No other company could do this. When you’re young, you don’t have money and filming gear accounts for a large part of the budget – lights and cameras. It’s fortunate to be able to overcome that. The scary thing is a high school student could use Xperia at school to create a masterpiece.

Watch the interview with Eiji Uchida

The short film was edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2020 and Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve using footage shot on Xperia's Cinematography Pro feature.
Some editing software may not allow editing of footage shot on Cinematography Pro.
Xperia software was partially modified for use on this production.

Showcasing the next generation of creators

Sony not only provides the technology for aspiring cinematographers to create professional quality film and video but
also offers them opportunities to showcase their work.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021

As a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology, Sony is proud to support Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021. Accredited by the Academy Awards®, Short Shorts is one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia. It enables the next generation of creators both to gain exposure and to help define the film culture of the future.

Smartphone Film Competition

Supported by Sony as part of Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, the Smartphone Film Competition invites entrants to push the boundaries of creativity and expression using only their mobile devices. As smartphone technology continues to evolve, the competition offers an ideal platform to explore and promote this exciting new style of movie making.

Eyes by Anonymouz

Watch Eyes by Anonymouz, a music video shot entirely on Xperia by pro director Kanji Suto.
An enigmatic singer-songwriter, Anonymouz initially established herself on the Japanese YouTube scene before gaining attention worldwide.
This music video not only showcases her natural vocal talents but also demonstrates the amazing results that can be achieved with the latest Xperia smartphones.

Meet the director, Kanji Suto

Originally a computer graphic and graphic designer, Kanji Suto learnt his craft working on music videos and commercials under the expert eye of film director Shuichi Tan. Now an independent director, his expertise covers a wide variety of techniques including live action, computer graphics, and virtual reality. His work has been recognised with a number of awards including the 2015 Space Shower TV Music Video Awards and The One Show 2017 / Moving Image Craft / Visual Innovation.

“This camera could expand the range of work for video shooting”

Suto:
From the moment of shooting, I could tell how stunning it is. The smartphone has the benefit of size – its smallness. I wanted to take advantage of this. We could shoot from below or position it where impossible before. It was exciting to try out new ideas for this. I really felt that this camera could expand the range of work for video shooting.

“We could see all the details clearly… this display is really beautiful”

It’s truly innovative that the mobile device itself uses CinemaScope (21:9 display ratio). The preview was convenient to use and I was amazed at how stunning it was. I can check what I just shot within the same UI. Being able to check the video quality immediately is a huge deal. This shoot was outside on a sunny day. If we used the brightest setting when checking under the sun, we could see all the details clearly. That was helpful. This display is really beautiful.

“High speed shot at 120fps turned out very smooth and clear”

We had scenes with the goldfish singing and conversing. This was shot for an extended time with high-speed slow motion, adding variables or trimming while editing. We wanted to use slow motion to make the goldfish look like it is talking and singing. High speed shot at 120fps turned out very smooth and clear.

“It’s the same UI as a regular camera and really simple to use”

Professional camera equipment can be set in great detail – so the UI can be complex. But Xperia is made for the general population so it can be operated intuitively, which is nice. At the same time, it’s easy for a professional. It’s the same UI as a regular camera and really simple to use.

“The Venice CS gives it a film-like quality instantly”

When touching up the tones after shooting, the color range is kept and the VENICE CS gives it a film-like quality instantly, looking nothing like a tasteless video. I was amazed.

Venice Color Settings (CS) are the default color management pre-sets in Cinematography Pro, known as “LOOK” settings. They give you smooth color gradation, a soft low contrast tone curve and 10-bit settings, suitable for cinema and drama productions. These are based on the s709 Look settings, found on our CineAlta VENICE camera.

“Mobility is the strongest point for shooting with Xperia”

When we want to move a camera, it requires a crane or placing it on a rail called a dolly. With Xperia, we can simply shoot like this. I used a small gimbal for some slight movement. Being able to shoot with such high quality saved a lot of time. That was fantastic. And we attached a macro lens bought at a 100-yen shop for a close-up of the goldfish and the sparkling marbles. That created an interesting effect.

The base is definitely a smartphone, so with this small body that everyone carries we can do a shoot the same way everyone can. If someone is interested in making video, they can easily shoot with professional quality. I found it to be a very attractive camera.

Watch the interview with Kanji Suto

Discover more Xperia cinematography

Eiji Uchida and Kanji Suto aren’t alone – a growing number of acclaimed professional video and film makers are
waking up to the possibilities of shooting with Xperia, as you’ll see in the short films below.

After Dark

Shot on Xperia 5 II by Liam Wong
Using Xperia with Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta”, filmmaker Liam Wong captures the city of London during lockdown.

TASTE

A short film shot on Xperia
Immerse your senses in TASTE, a short film by Shep Films, made in collaboration with Sony Innovation Studios.

Twin Palms

A short film shot on Xperia
Pro cinematographer Jeff Berlin put the Xperia 5 II through its paces to create this mesmerising dance-themed short.

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