The one man musical outfit known as Merce Death (aka Shingo Ohno) has an interesting proposition – to make an entire music video utilizing nothing else but his Apple iPhone 4S. Though many Apple faithful have taken to their mobile device as their only camera and camcorder, not that many have done it to this extent. The project stemmed from the 2011 TÅhoku Earthquake and Tsunami tragedy, after which Ohno’s family relocated from Tokyo to Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, some 500+ miles away. His work at the venerable Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo (W+K Tokyo) kept him from the move, Ohno then started a weekend ritual of 2-hour flight to visit his love ones.
Clips of the expansive sky took Ohno more than 50 flights, as well an accumulation of frequent flyer miles, to complete. During any down time on the ground, or in the air, he composed “Still in the Sky” with the GarageBand App on the phone. His iMovie for iPhone became his editing software. And finally, the completed version was graded on Movie Looks, also on his iPhone. An unique exploration of iPhone’s limitations, Ohno signed off on his project with thanks to staffs from JAL, ANA, StarFlyer, and SkyMark Airlines. See the finished video after the click.