DV EXPO: Helios & Artemis

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Nic Sadler and Toby Evetts of Chemical Wedding are already quite well know because of their amazing iPhone sun position calculator, Helios. I’m planning on covering the app very soon… but it may have to wait a bit. Why? Because these guys are about to release what may be one the niftiest filmmaking apps yet. It’s called Artemis (the Director’s Viewfinder). I’ll let them explain. It’s currently under review at Apple, and should be hitting the app store in a week or two.

If you don’t know what a director’s viewfinder is, keep watching until the end of the video. I’ll do my best to explain what they’re all about.

Once again, sorry about the sub-par audio. It was mighty loud in there.

Artemis Director's Viewfinder

by Chemical Wedding

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2009-10-16

  • Genre

    Photo & Video

  •   $29.99 QR code
  • Platform

    iPhone

  • Version

    9.2.4 ⋅ 24 MB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Artemis Director's Viewfinder

Artemis Director's Viewfinder reproduces any camera, aspect ratio and lens combination. Included is a comprehensive list of commonly used motion picture and stills cameras and a Custom Camera function that allows for any new or exotic camera to be added.

Used by established directors, cinematographers & VFX supervisors worldwide, Artemis works in much the same way as a traditional directors viewfinder but more accurately and with many additional features. It's perfect for blocking, location scouting or making storyboards, as some of our users attest....

Roger Deakins ASC, BSC (Cinematographer: Unbroken, Prisoners, Skyfall, The Company of Men, The Shawshank Redemption)
"It’s great having Artemis on my iPhone. Since I always have my phone with me, I always have a viewfinder at hand. Not only convenient but extremely accurate."

Richard Loncraine (Director: The Special Relationship, Firewall, Richard III, Wimbledon)
"Artemis is an accurate, compact professional viewfinder that in my opinion cant be beaten. I used it on "Ruth and Alex" with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, where it dramatically shortened the time it took to get our set ups. I have used everything viewfinder available over the last 40 years but non of them compare to Artemis.”

Phedon Papamichael ASC (Cinematographer: Monuments Men, Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways)
“Artemis is always in my pocket - no more need for a PA carrying a large case of lenses up a mountain on a scout. It's changed the way we do things!”

Terry McDonough (Director: Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, An Adventure In Space And Time)
"When in prep, it’s hard to be in the same country with your heads of department let alone the same state let alone the same room, Artemis makes it feel like you are."

Bruno Delbonnel ASC, AFC (Cinematographer: Big Eyes, Inside Llewyn Davis, Amelie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
"Artemis is a great viewfinder. I use it a lot when scouting. And since it's very accurate you can show a frame to whoever needs to see what the shot will be or could be....and discuss it."

Yves Bélanger CSC (Cinematographer: Dallas Buyers Club, Laurence Always, Ma Fille, Mon Ange)
"Artemis is the best invention for film people since the expresso machine!"

Barry Ackroyd BSC (Cinematographer: Captain Phillips, Hurt Locker, United 93)
"Artemis makes me feel smarter than I was without it. It’s the sharpest tool on my iPhone."

Linus Sandgren FSF (Cinematographer: American Hustle, Promised Land, 6 Souls)
"Artemis is an amazing Swiss army knife style lens kit that has helped me frame up countless shots in any format in an instant.”

Sean Bobbit BSC (Cinematographer: 12 Years a Slave, Oldboy, Hunger)
"I never leave home without Artemis. It is the one app I can guarantee will be used everyday on the job."

Roberto Schaefer ASC, AIC (Cinematographer: Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Stranger than Fiction)
“I agree with what every other DP on the planet says about Artemis. They are all correct. Nothing comes close to Artemis for a convenient pocket size viewfinder, even on my iPad mini which fits in my cargo pants pockets."

Larry McConkey SOC (Steadicam: 12 Years a Slave, World War Z, Hugo, The Bourne Ultimatum)
"Artemis has made my life much easier. Instead of carrying a traditional viewfinder with lenses and a monitor, I can use Artemis with iPro on my iPhone for accurate scouts and rehearsals anytime, anywhere. I use Artemis HD on my iPad when I need a larger image that groups of people can see easily. With Artemis, I can set marks during rehearsals and be confident that when I have my Steadicam on ready to shoot, the frame will be exactly as I planned."

David Franco (Cinematographer: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Bridge, The Whole Nine Yards)
"Since I discovered Artemis, there is never a day at work that I don’t use it. Whether in prep, making story boards or lining up shots with the director, Artemis is a workhorse tool.”

Helios Sun and Moon Position Calculator

by Chemical Wedding

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2009-04-19

  • Genre

    Photo & Video

  •   $29.99 QR code
  • Platform

    iPhone

  • Version

    7.4 ⋅ 41 MB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Helios Sun and Moon Position Calculator

Helios is a Sun Position Calculator that graphically represents the position of the sun or moon, on any given day, in any given place.

Designed as an aid to Cinematographers and Stills Photographers working in natural light, Helios is essential to anyone who needs to plan a day around the constantly changing character of sunlight. Helios works without a network connection, though some functions are enhanced when connected to the internet.

Gaffers, Grips, Location Managers, Production Designers and First Assistant Directors will already be aware of the value of this information. Other professionals, from Architects and Surveyors to Electricians and Landscape Gardeners can now predict sun exposure in the field, without the need for complex tables or graphs. This information can be emailed and then printed from within the application.

Helios operates in 7 modes for the sun:

HelioMeter - representing the direction of the sun on a compass dial, also indicating elevation and shadow length.
Virtual Sun View - showing the sun’s path overlaid onto the live camera image
Sun Path view which shows the path of the sun the old fashioned way
Map View - showing the direction of the sun overlaid onto a map of the location
Sky View - a representation of the sun's path across the sky
Inclinometer- determines at which times the sun will be at a certain elevation.
Compass - showing the azimuth of the sun in both degrees and time of day

While the accelerometer (inclinometer) and magnetometer (digital compass) of your iPhone are reasonably accurate, we think it wise to keep a high quality analogue device like the Suunto Tandem on hand for critical readings of elevation and azimuth.

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  • Slucko

    I can’t wait for Artemis. As a graduate, I need an application like this to help with a production i hope to start soon.

  • Taz Goldstein

    Hi Slucko,

    Artemis has already been submitted to Apple and is awaiting approval. Hopefully, it will be available within a week or two. We’ve VERY excited about this one. On a side note… Chemical Wedding, the makers of Helios and Artemis, just released Cyclopedia. It’s an augmented reality app. Not necessarily for filmmakers, but still pretty nifty.

    -Taz

  • wsmith

    The viewfiner app (and some of the others reviewed on this site) is interesting enough to almost me crave an iPhone. In trying to watch the video, however, I was frustrated by the stalling and decided that I didn’t want/need to see it all.

    I understand YouTube has "reach" and can be great for getting seen, and hey it’s free! Have any marketers creating important marketing video like this ever considered just posting a downloadable video that can then be really watched? You didn’t need YouTube to get this product in front of me and nor did I. I first learned about this product via a link I first found on PVC.com.

    You know, it’s not that expensive to host a few minutes of video. In this case Youtube has been detrimental to my overall perception of the product and marketer.

  • Taz Goldstein

    Hi WSmith,

    Sorry to hear you’re having troubles. All the videos on the site are hosting on Vimeo, specifically to avoid any advertisements, and to maintain the best picture quality possible. The YouTube links are provided as a way for iPhone owners to watch the videos on the go. So, unless you’re watching on your iPhone, I’d strongly advise only watching on Vimeo.

    Best,
    -Taz

  • wsmith

    Hi Taz, I actually was watching the vimeo version but since I saw the Youtube icon at bottom left of the scree, I auto-assumed it was an embedded Youtube video.

  • Taz Goldstein

    Hi wsmith,

    I appreciate all the feedback, and I’d like to address your comments, but the conversation is a bit off topic. I’ve moved your last couple comments, along with my response, into the discussion area. Here’s the link:

    http://www.handheldhollywood.com/discussion/post/913190

    Best Wishes,
    -Taz

  • Hi!

    After seeing the new OWLE Bubo grip and it’s new angualr lense, i wonder if ARTEMIS, will benefit from it so can extend it coverage to 18 mm & 14 mm lenses.

    Terrific aplication.

    Best regards

    Dario

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