Hand-held soap operas: Aaron Rose for Incase
By Jake Flanagin, November 4th, 2010
Fake Love is the second film in a series of three to be released by director Aaron Rose, all shot entirely on the iPhone 4. Using the included high definition camera, Rose has created what he calls a “teen soap opera,” with an accompanying photo essay also shot using the iPhone 4.
The film was shot in the Echo Park and Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, and focuses on a group of girlfriends, one of whom abides by a manifesto of “fake love.” This is essentially the idea that a superficial, dramatized version of love is more exciting and stimulating than what others refer to as “true love.” The cast is comprised of real friends of Rose (musicians, poets, writers, photographers, and artists living in L.A.) whose mission it is to bring an air of realism and believability to the character interactions in the film. According to Rose, his hand picked cast “didn’t really have to act because they are such amazing personalities.” The film is a true homage to the teen soap opera, a particularly intriguing genre for Rose who claims, “American television is the new avant-garde cinema.”
Equipment utilized by Rose to shoot the film included the Incase Slider Case for the iPhone, a t-bracket tripod, the Zacuto Z-grip, and the Spider Dolly.
The three-part series, which also includes Kreuzberg – a documentary of the Kreuzberg neighborhood in Berlin, also shot with the iPhone 4 – will finish with a final film and photo essay to be released on November 30, 2010.