Shot entirely on a Nokia N8 by independent filmmaker Hooman Khalili, Olive opens next week in over 2000 US cinemas on Dec 16th (without the backing of any of any major studio). Full reviews and info on the making of the movie + trailer can be viewed at http://olivethemovie.com. No doubt Nokia will reap some kudos from this, but the film’s director said of Nokia “that they just sent me the phone” and that “after March of 2011 I never heard from Nokia again, they disappeared”.
In an interview with Wall St Journal Khalili said the process was not that simple
“There was a lot of things making this nearly impossible for us,” said Khalili.
The Nokia N8 shoots in high resolution, but before Khalili and his crew could start filming, they had to hack the phone to turn off the auto focus and the auto zoom.
“The camera thinks it knows what you want to focus on, but it doesn’t know,” @Wall St Journal
This was also shot before the advent of 35mm lens adapters for phones so the team had to create rigs that allowed lens attachments for the phones used in the making of the movie.
The movie was independently financed by former Facebook CPO (Chief Privacy Officer) Chris Kelly and stars Academy Award (twice nominated) actress Gina Rowlands who agreed to do the movie purely on the audacity of the concept.
The following 480p trailer is hosted on YouTube, where sadly, the kiddie experts who haven’t the vaguest idea of the implications that this project carries, post the traditional, nay required, poorly informed comments.
Hats off to Khalili for this adventurous undertaking.