One Punch: smartphones, improvisation, tiny crews and night crowds

Darcy Yuille has worked on crews and taught camera techniques for twenty years. Here he builds an aesthetic and development process based on smartphones.

The smartphone, now working in 4k and slo-mo, is far more than a substitute for a ‘real‘ camera so emerging creators can develop their skills. In a neat illustration of artistic discipline, it is a separate form of cinematography with specific advantages. 

They change the relationship between the filming process, the performers and the space around. With the right lenses they create a valuable look of their own. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.