Park Chan-wook's new short film, shot on iPhone 13 Pro, is a wild ride

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A shot from Park Chan-wook's short film "Life is But a Dream," shot on iPhone 13 Pro, showing a performer with a fan.
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Writer, director, and producer Park Chan-wook is known for some high-production films and TV series, from plot twist favourites Oldboy and The Handmaiden to The Little Drummer Girl and Snowpiercer.

But his latest venture is somewhat smaller scale.

On Friday, Apple released a short film by the director, Life is But a Dream, shot on iPhone 13 Pro using the camera's "Cinematic mode", which essentially allows you to film with a focus-shifting shallow depth of field.

Considering it was shot on a smartphone, Chan-wook really didn't hold back, weaving a martial arts fantasy story about two ghosts fighting over a stolen coffin that features more than a few fight scenes and special effects.

Would the average iPhone 13 Pro owner be able to casually create something similar? Almost certainly not. But it's a fun showcase of the camera's abilities when put in the hands of a true master.

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