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Get a Behind the Scenes Peek at Tonights ‘Modern Family’ Episode Shot Entirely on Apple Devices

Get a Behind the Scenes Peek at Tonights ‘Modern Family’ Episode Shot Entirely on Apple Devices

Tonight’s episode of ABC’s comedy series Modern Family, entitled “Connection Lost” was filmed entirely on iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Here’s a behind the scene’s peek at how it was done.

Get a Behind the Scenes Peek at Tonights 'Modern Family' Episode Shot Entirely on Apple Devices


The Feb. 25 Modern Family consists entirely of a series of FaceTime chats between Claire (Julie Bowen), who is sitting in an airport in Chicago, and the rest of her family members, who are in their respective houses in Los Angeles.

Claire uses her MacBook to communicate with her family, all while she keeps tabs on Facebook, searches the Internet, shops online, and reads her email. The entire episode consists of family members popping on and off of her MacBook screen.

In an exclusive video on the Buzzfeed site, Modern Family’s co-creator and executive producer, Steve Levitan, explained how they used iPhones to film “Connection Lost.”

Levitan explains that while they originally expected the actors to hold the devices and film themselves, they hit on the idea of putting the iPhones into holsters to be held by a cameraman, while the actors held the cameraman’s arm, giving the illusion that they were holding and moving the device.

While this is the first episode of Modern Family to be shot entirely using Apple products, Levitan says that certain scenes over the six seasons of the series were shot on iPhones for a variety of reasons, which viewers likely never noticed.

“There was a scene where Manny (Rico Rodriguez) was dressed as a mascot at a basketball game, so rather than recreating a whole basketball game, I quickly shot my son’s basketball game on my iPhone,” Levitan told BuzzFeed News in an email. “Then we filmed Rico against a green screen, and inserted the shot into the episode.”

  1. Biff Bifferson says:

    Watched it; boring. I see that Apple and Levitan thought it appropriate to buy into the stereotype of older people being tech ignorant. Jay has trouble with his iPhone to show how old people are stupid. This was just a 22 minute Apple ad, which Apple paid for by supplying all the iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks. Apple has also been a sponsor of the show. This is one of the most egregious cases of product placement that I’ve ever seen on tv. Levitan showed that he is just a cheap shill.

  2. GodsAreGarbage says:

    Shameless shilling for Apple. The entire show was a commercial. Pure outright garbage.

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