Beat The City was essentially shot in two locations: the streets of Down Manhattan and a room in John Street Residence from Pace University, also in NY financial district.
As I was my own actor in the short film I had to film myself in the interior scenes, but my assigned crew was not available that day. So I used the carton box of my french press (I like coffee) as a tripod head with fluid capabilities by making a cut on one side, enough for my cellphone stand still.
Whenever I needed a different shooting angle I leaned the iPhone a little bit or simply switched to another height by using a chair, the bed or whatever I had at hand. Always using that french press carton box. It was my personal challenge.
Beat The City is essentially a story surrounding common memories of new yorkers.
It is about the struggle of a man that starts an spiritual journey to overcome the pain and ultimately the agoraphobia that he suffers after a personal tragedy faced in the City of New York.
This short film was originally made for graduation from a filmmaking course at New York Film Academy in September 2016.
I believe that there is no need for explanation about the exterior shots. An smartphone like the iPhone 6S Plus performs in a superb way under natural light. A totally different thing was to shoot inside the room walls. In that case, I used the sun light coming from the street through the window, taking advantage of the natural special effect provided by the blinds.
I also used the existing artificial lights in the room, decreasing or increasing the exposure directly in the smartphone while shooting. In key moments like the slow-mo shots when exposure had drastic changes against my will, there was no more solution than making some adjustments in post.
Nevertheless, I have to point out that there was no "accidental ideas" when producing this short. I made a techno-artistic decision on behalf of the story I wanted to tell and I feel that it was a good choice. I hope someone else will think like me.