Thursday 21 September 2017

RTE becomes first in Europe to shoot documentary entirely on iPhone

Cavanman Martin Bolger has a collection of (at last count) more than 20,000 Dinky cars and is one of the subjects of a new RTE documentary Picture: Adrian Donohoe
Cavanman Martin Bolger has a collection of (at last count) more than 20,000 Dinky cars and is one of the subjects of a new RTE documentary Picture: Adrian Donohoe
Sarah McCabe

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RTE is to air an in-house TV documentary made entirely on an iPhone as the state broadcaster ramps up investment into mobile technology.

Its head of technology, Glen Mulcahy, said the broadcaster was also exploring the use of drones, 360-degree video and virtual reality for content production.

The 57-minute documentary, The Collectors, was shot on an iPhone 6S Plus, a first for Europe. It is the brainchild of news co-ordinator Eleanor Mannion and focuses on six prolific Irish collectors of things from Barbies to Lego.

"We have been making a concerted effort to use mobile technologies in news for at least five years, since the previous general election. But now we are reaching a tipping point where it is filtering down to other parts of the group" said Mulcahy.

"The iPhone doc was actually shot in 4K, higher quality than what we normally broadcast. It won't work for everything - we're not going to cover matches with smartphones - but mobile technology is going to be increasingly the first choice for content producers. It is easy to use and allows the creator to get intimate and sincere responses as the equipment is less intimidating."

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