From the Conversations piece:
“It made us laugh when we read some of the reactions to the piece. People thought we had a full crew, actors and complex lighting rigs. In reality, we had none of that. The people just happened to be there, either for the Carnival or from a friendly local Samba school.”
When James’ team normally produces a video, they work with the latest DSLR cameras. So what was it like working with the Nokia 808 PureView?
“Well, I think the results speak for themselves – though to be honest, working with such a small device, that’s also a phone – the quality absolutely baffles us. Our key concern was battery life. We were working long days and shooting a lot of video – and that’s going to take it out of any camera phone. It didn’t let us down, though."
“Working with a camera phone, we were able to get pictures that we wouldn’t have been able to take with a DSLR. Because it’s a phone, you can get closer to people, deeper into scenarios, without people becoming self-aware. Also, bear in mind this was a top-secret new product at the time. So we were really paranoid about it being spotted. But people weren’t curious. The sight of someone shooting video with a phone at Carnival isn’t exactly uncommon…
“What I’d say to people considering the phone is, don’t concentrate on the 41-megapixels. Concentrate on the great results at 5-megapixels. The low light imagery we used in the film was taken at that resolution."