Great story on Re/code today about how the brilliant ABC comedy show Modern Family is soon to air an episode that was filmed entirely on Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2.
The episode, entitled “Connection Lost,” also takes place entirely on a computer screen, as opposed to the usual sets and locations familiar to viewers of the show.
The storyline sees Claire Dunphy, played by Julie Bowen, stranded in an airport and trying to reach her daughter Haley (played by Sarah Hyland) in a bid to make up with her after a typical Dunphy family argument.
The action therefore all takes place on Claire’s Macbook, as she tries every means she can think of to contact Haley, including email, FaceTime and Facebook.
Modern Family co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan said that the story was inspired by his own life, and in particular how he communicates with his daughters when they are away at college.
“We all had that reference in our heads—this is how families are communicating today,” said Levitan. “How do we tell this story?”
Levitan was also inspired by the 17-minute short, Noah, which also takes place entirely on a computer screen.
Loyal Modern Family fans will also be treated to various Easter Eggs and in-jokes, such as an advert on the fictitious Yahoo News page for “Croctopus 4,” which is a nod to the cheesy horror movie series that is Claire and Phil Dunphy’s guilty pleasure.Or one of them, at least!
Levitan said that although Apple provided the iPhones and iPads used to film the episode, it did not pay for any product placement.
Connection Lost will air on ABC on February 25.