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At first, it seems like a strange idea – why create professional film emulation for the iPhone? Who would turn to the the iPhone to create a beautiful film?
The answer, we believe, is: Soon, all of us will.
The iPhone has become a real filmmaking tool – we just haven’t realized it yet, because it has happened so quickly. The iPhone camera and color processing are technically amazing and aesthetically elegant.
In fact, the iPhone is the perfect platform for Koji. With so much imaging horsepower under the hood, the iPhone can now produce images with plenty of raw material for Koji to sink its teeth into.
So we developed Koji Go, a simple iOS app that lets you apply Koji film emulation to your iPhone photos and videos.
Koji Go comes with 3 versatile motion picture film stocks, and you can explore 16 more looks in the Koji Go store.
The looks in Koji Go were developed by Dale Grahn, our longtime partner in developing Koji and the color timer for Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola (among many others). Dale developed these looks specifically to work with iPhone images. The looks are based on his work on various films, including Minority Report, Gladiator, Amistad, and others.
To create the film stocks in Koji Go, we worked with film labs (both photochemical and digital) to make thousands of careful measurements of real physical 35mm motion picture film stock. We then adapted this, with Dale’s help, to work with the iPhone camera. The result is a film lab that you can hold in your hand.
We’re very excited to bring true motion picture film color to the iPhone for the first time. We hope you enjoy using it to create beautiful films on the iPhone.