By
Cecilia Díaz Betz

Tangerine was one of the films included in the NEXT section of the latest edition of the Sundance Festival. As strange as it may sound, it’s a film made with smartphones, with an iPhone 5S to be exact, with a 2.000€ budget that has also won rave reviews. Written and directed by Sean Baker, Tangerine is a comedy drama about two trasgender prostitutes from Los Angeles. A betwitching, fresh and original story that Magnolia Films is releasing on 10 July. But before that, we can see the trailer below these lines.

Written and directed by Sean Baker, Tangerine is a comedy drama about two trasgender prostitutes from Los Angeles

Among the tricks used to make the film there’s the use of FiLMiC Pro software, an app that is priced 8€ on iTunes that allows full manual control over focus, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, tint and color temperature; a steadicam to stabilize the phone and an array of special anamorphic lenses for the film to look like a conventional one. The director said the most complicated of it all was to convince that actors that this wasn’t a joke!