Director Joe Wright shot this 20-minute fantasy film entirely on a Samsung phone

The acclaimed helmer of 'Atonement' created 'Princess and Pepper Nose,' captured entirely on the Galaxy S21

Published On
Nov 08, 2021

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Samsung is showing off the filmmaking capabilities of its Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G phone in a collaboration with acclaimed British director Joe Wright. The brand asked Wright, whose films include "Pride & Prejudice," "Atonement," and "Darkest Hour," and production company RSA Films to make a film entirely shot on the phone, and he came up with a folk tale fantasy called "Princess and Pepper Nose." 

The 20-minute film uses puppetry (Wright's parents ran the U.K.'s first dedicated puppet theater), dance and shadow play to tell a fairy-tale-like story. In a new spin on the "Gingerbread Man," it stars a feisty princess who rejects her father's choice of suitors and bakes herself a biscuit version of a husband. 

Wright, who was given complete creative control of the project, worked with the Kneehigh Theatre Company to make the film during lockdown in Cornwall at Restormel Castle, with many scenes shot in low light to further showcase the Samsung technology. (See more about it in the Behind the Scenes film below.) 

“My only piece of advice for all fledgling filmmakers is that it’s the imagination that is important,” said Wright in a statement. "Everything else should be at the service of the imagination. Imagination is key.” 

Cinematography was by Wright’s regular collaborator and Academy Award-nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey ("Avengers Assemble," "Anna Karenina," "Atonement"). “We’ve had great experimental fun making it, working with shadow play, puppetry and the simplest of moving lights,” said McGarvey in a statement. “It’s very much back to the filmmaking that I started off doing with a Super 8.” 

Samsung's project sees it competing with rival Apple, which has also worked with top directors on films designed to show off its technology; for example, in its Chinese New Year film "Nian" shot by Lulu Wang used the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle used the iPhone to capture a genre-spanning vertical film blockbuster.



Nov 08, 2021
Director :
Joe Wright
Director of Photography :
Seamus McGarvey
Associate Director :
Mike Shepherd
Script Writer :
Carl Grose
Production :
RSA Films
Production :
Ridley Scott Creative Group
Producer :
Caspar Delaney
Production Manager :
Stuart Butterworth
Production Coordinator :
Becky Bishop
Composer & Instrumentalist :
Ian Ross
Musical Director :
Mark Aspinall
Music Editor :
John Warhurst
Location Manager :
Algy Sloane
Script Supervisor :
Liz West
1st Assistant Director :
Danny McGrath
2nd Assistant Director :
Prep Henry Forsyth
2nd Assistant Director :
Shoot Pheobe Markham
Gaffer :
Reuben Garrett
Sound Recordist :
Colin Gregory
Boom Operator :
Matt Pendle
Production Designer :
Sarah Greenwood
Set Decorator :
Katie Spencer
Art Director :
Build Only James Collins
Props Maker :
Catherine Morgan
Prop Master :
Lloyd Vincent
Prop Master :
Nick Turnbull
Props Assistant :
Leo Turnbull
Props Assistant :
Johnny Savage J
Danny Edwards
Costume Designer :
Jacqueline Durran
Make Up Artist :
Sian Miller
Hair & Make Up Assistant :
Monique Giamattei
Hair & Make Up Assistant :
Laura McDowall
Jacob Hopewell
Princess :
Anjana Vasan
Mirequag :
Beverly Rudd
King :
Paul Hunter
Jeremy :
Mike Shepherd
Puppeteer :
Sarah Wright
Puppeteer :
Liz Walker
Puppeteer :
Nix Wood
Chorus 1 :
Giles King
Chorus 2 :
Kyla Goodey
Chorus 3 :
Katy Owen
Chorus 4 :
Scott Folan
Chorus 5 :
Nandi Bhebhe
Chorus 6 :
Omari Douglas

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