This film, called Olive, went up on Kickstarter today and was shot entirely using a Nokia N8 phone and a special designed 35mm lens.
Director Hooman Khalili states the difference between Olive and other films that have tried the whole “movie shot on a smartphone” gimmick — like The Wrong Ferrari — is that he intends to show the film in theatres. Khalili even itends to submit it for Oscar consideration — which would be a first for a smartphone-shot film.
Olive’s narrative centers around a mysterious little girl that doesn’t speak, and three strangers whose lives she positively affects. Indie actress Gena Rowlands and Randi Zuckerberg also star.
The film itself is actually finished, having been financed by Kelly and Pat Gillis. The $300K it raises on Kickstarter will go towards distribution, and Khalili 100% guarantees that the film will make at least some big screens after its premiere in December.