July 21, 2017

Watch: Michel Gondry's New Short is the iPhone Version of 'The Red Balloon'

Michel Gondry and DP Laurent Brunet use the iPhone to its fullest potential in 'Détour.'

No sooner did we report that indie stalwart Steven Soderbergh has shot his next feature on an iPhone than we learned that France's King of Quirk, Michel Gondry, has put his own iPhone offering out into the world. 

Détour, about a willful and lovable tricycle trying to make its way back to its petite rider, was created for Apple in one of the best pieces of branded content we've seen. Thankfully, it celebrates quintessential Gondryisms just as much as it showcases the iPhone 7's capabilities: it's replete with perspective tricks, practical effects, stop motion animation, a tambourine-heavy soundtrack, and loads of whimsy.

Apple has also released a series of behind-the-scenes clips that reveal some of the ways the director took advantage of the iPhone on his shoots. In true Gondry style, even his descriptions of the work are fantastical. In describing his love for stop-motion, Gondry says, "There is something magical about it because it's like an invisible man writing on the paper."

In the clip below, Gondry talks about trying to "shoot the night in the most honest way," and demonstrates how his DP Laurent Brunet used an app on the phone to successfully balance mixed evening light.

Your Comment


That has to be one of the greatest things filmed on an iphone.

July 21, 2017 at 2:33PM, Edited July 21, 2:33PM


Awesome! Great to see the app FiLMiC Pro being used for yet another awesome film.

July 21, 2017 at 11:20PM, Edited July 21, 11:20PM


this was fun..... thumbs up!

July 22, 2017 at 1:44PM


You could make the Coins when you play the cool math game, getting to the success or you would certainly should acquire it from the Shop. http://coolmathgamesjunction.net

July 24, 2017 at 8:17AM


That was great. once again... just make the film. so good...

although he didnt really demonstrate how "to shoot night in an honest way". He said he used an app. Would have loved an actual, you know, demonstration.

August 11, 2017 at 8:41AM

Roberto Serrini
Director • Editor