A Couple of Scenes in ‘The Avengers’ Were Shot with the iPhone 4

We’ve shared before that the Canon 5D Mark II was used for scenes in Captain America and Iron Man 2, but if you think that’s crazy, get this: the upcoming movie ‘The Avengers‘, which features an entire team of Marvel superheros, contains scenes shot with the iPhone 4. The movie’s cinematographer Seamus McGarvey tells IFTN,

The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand. On The Avengers, I did a couple of shots on the iPhone and they are in the movie. In fact, they are in the trailer! I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film.

Assuming he was using an iPhone 4 rather than the recently announced iPhone 4S, the scenes were captured at just 720p and 30fps.

Here’s the official trailer for the film:

Mega-kudos if you can pick out the iPhone 4 scenes — we have no idea.

(via IFTN via ComicBookMovie)

  • Fartman

    is this just a ploy to get us to watch the trailer?

  • Marc

    WTF? I don’t understand why they would use an iPhone for a multi-million dollar movie.  I hate it when people do something like this just for the sake of gimmicks.

  • Michael Zhang

    Possibly. No idea if this is some new form of “product placement” being done by companies like Canon and Apple

  • SneakyZebra

    It will be like on Iron man where they needed a small, lightweight and fairly disposiable camera  (THey used on the F1 sequence)

    Quick guess is at 1.24 where there’s a camera in the rubble at the explosions.

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  • Ry

    I’d say the scene were Thor is outside, around 0:47, the split second scene just before the punch bag scene, and captain america and iron man scene, around 1:11

  • Lucas Mroz

    My guess would be at 1:19, 1:20, 1:29. Would be super easy to just take out the iPhone while on the boat or helicopter and get some extra water/bridge/city shots. Don’t need DOF and throwing CG over top makes it fit.


    Scarlett Johansson is in it? Automatic must-see.

  • splash

    all this is bullshit… iphone four, captain america… it’s just that doesn’t sound right.

  • Ernhod

    No way ! It’s just too sharp.

  • Ryan Mauro

    I agree. You would have to dig a trench to put your camera in or elevate the ground the actor was standing on to shoot at that angle with a big rig. It would make sense to use DSLR or iPhone instead in that situation.

  • ep

    Product placement again. Horrible. Hate it because it assumes we are all too dumb to see through the lies.

  • Anthony Burokas

    Is the Avengers _that_ hard up for marketing reach and sizzle that they have to go and promote a stupid iPhone shot or two? How about letting the movie stand on its own and leave the gear talk for American Cinematographer after the movie is released.

  • Mitchell Camps

    I think the shot at 1:32 is.. Seems to look the most like an iPhone. Especially the lens flare. 


    sounds about right

  • Loomax

    According to Philip Bloom, Seamus McGarvey (DP) was misquoted. he used a 5dmkII. That looks more realistic.

  • Alain

    my guess is 1h32m19, a split second just before they come back to CA face. The quality was quite poor and striked me, and I tought of this blog entry …

    overall it is stupid to use iphone for this kind of movie, I wonder how much money they got for it …

  • Lowdown

    According to Seamus (on his facebook), this did not happen.

  • Mike Heller

    If anyone is interested, you can see an HDR image shot with an iPhone 4S versus a Nikon D90.  Same time, same place.

  • StompingJoe

     No, it sends a message to young filmmakers out there that you don’t need a RED or ALEXA to shoot a blockbuster.