Believe It Or Not, This French Director's New Short Film Was Shot Entirely On An iPhone

Michel Gondry has made magic.

Anyone who has seen the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind knows that Michel Gondry likes to do things differently. The French director is known for his inventive visual effects and camera techniques, making him the perfect choice to shoot a film entirely on an iPhone 7.

The 10-minute piece, titled Détour, is in French with English subtitles. It was shared by Apple U.K. last week as part of the brand's "shot on iPhone" campaign. The film tells two connected stories — a family road trip, and the journey of a lost tricycle. Gondry's signature whimsical style — which he has shown off in such titles as The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind, as well as several music videos — is on full display, complete with a bittersweet ending that's sure to tug at the heartstrings. 

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It just goes to show that you don't necessarily need an expensive camera to capture great footage — although Design Taxi points out that the "shot on iPhone" projects usually involve some extra equipment or software (with more affordable options available).

Still, Apple also shared a series of behind-the-scenes videos from the shoot, which show that Gondry used various techniques — such as stop motion, forced perspective, and time lapse — that are achievable by amateurs, albeit challenging. We may not all be able to create films like Gondry's, but perhaps the next great filmmaker will be inspired to give it a shot.

See the full short film, as well as a peek behind the scenes, in the videos below:

(H/T: Mashable)

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