He's paying homage to the great filmmakers in his video about modern techniques. It makes sense to me.
Perhaps he looks up to great filmmakers like kubrick, wes anderson, roy anderson, peter jackson, george miller, the coen brothers that like to frame their subjects in the center of the frame for different emotional effects.
Sorry yes, the image stabilization is forced off in filmic pro and there isn't a setting to turn it back on. What Ben says is really true in this case. When you've got 8bit log the image has lost so much information that was barely there that's it is too hard to recover the information. I strongly believe procam beats filmic pro for nearly half the price. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCMgxQ5uIRI&ab_channel=TonyMauroRuiz Check out this comparison that was done almost a year ago. Yesterday, I shot footage with the exact same settings on both apps to test how the two grade. Unlike the log footage that you can convert digital bolex or black magic raw to, filmic pro's log footage is unrecoverable. And the stop of dynamic range is in the shadows which I don't think is useable anyway because it's so noisy.
After reading this article I bougth filmic pro and the cinematography kit and tested it out on my iphone 7+. The design of the controls is great in filmic pro, but the results aren't. I feel like I've wasted $25. I shoot with the procam app all of the time and post videos that you can see on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/josef.lorenzo/ The filmic pro app is disappointing for two reasons.
1. It bypasses the optical stabilization in the iphone7+ which doesn't matter if you have a gimble.
2. The results compared to procam are not as sharp and much noisier. I can get a much nicer starting point for grading with procam by applying a log-c lut to the footage that is less destructible and less noisy.
You could also shoot a reverse and mirror it and put it in the frame in after effects.
It's great that it supports .RAW files, but I would need at least 1tb.