When we watch films, we almost always equate it to huge bulky cameras that can record crisp and clear shots even at night. However, did you know that it’s possible to take videos worthy of the big screen even with your smartphone? Select Filipino filmmakers proved that it’s possible with their Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra at the first-ever Untold Stories at Night Film Festival heled at the BGC Arts Center in Taguig last Friday (June 17, 2022).
Samsung invited five of the country’s most celebrated directors and #TeamGalaxy Ambassadors to showcase their original short films, which ranged from romance to science fiction, all shot at night. Watch them here:
1.Pepe Diokno’s Siargao: Day and Night
A true-to-life story of Filipinos’ resiliency and triumph after Typhoon Odette in Siargao. It shows how the beautiful island was able to recover from the strong typhoon, bringing life and the sought-after nightlife back to the town.
2. Mikhael Red’s Lumina
Science fiction film shot on a smartphone? Yes, it’s possible. Lumina is about a young girl who books a ride to another galaxy but unfortunately gets pursued by darkness. An unbelievable chase scene shot on the Galaxy S22 Ultra left us in awe as it was so clear even with all the movements!
3. Mobile Filmmaking Philippines’ Sinag
Sinag tells the story of Rafael, who dreams of performing in his town’s only bar. He decides to defy all rules and performs against all odds. The film is directed by Noel Escondo and Tristan Cua of Mobile Filmmaking Philippines, a community of filmmakers.
4. Sam Lee’s it was a love story (after all)
Lastly, Samantha Lee’s It was a love story (after all) follows star-crossed lovers who get a second chance at love under mysterious circumstances. Was it all an imagination or a real-life scenario? We’ll never know.
After watching all four short films showcased at the film festival, one thing’s for sure: Samsung is breaking the rules of content creation with its Nightography feature — bringing in more light, motion, and detail, even in low-light situations. Besides Nightography, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is powered by a pro-grade camera that is capable of shooting short films. The 108MP Wide-Angle lens takes high-resolution videos with an expanded view of the scenery. Its Dual pixel sensor makes content brighter and clearer. This is complemented by the 12MP Ultra-Wide camera, a useful tool for outdoor scenes since it expands the scenery even further. The 10MP Telephoto lenses with 3x Optical Zoom and 10x Optical Zoom bring cityscapes and other faraway subjects closer. Directors who wish to experiment with their content may try the 40MP Front camera. Plus, filmmakers can truly geek out on pro-levels of detail in every frame with Super HDR, delivering video that drips with over 64x more color, even with tricky shadows or back-lit scenes. Pair all that with special effects, post-editing magic, and detachable smartphone lenses, and you’re good to shoot and tell your own stories through your smartphone’s cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is available in the following variants and prices: PHP 68,990 SRP (128 GB), PHP 72,990 SRP (256 GB), and PHP 80,990 SRP (512 GB). To order, visit samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores and Authorized Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com, MemoXpress Online, or their telco partners.