GIVEAWAY: ‘Close-Up Film Language Glossary’ Educates Aspiring Filmmakers

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It’s time for an App Giveaway!  Hooray!

Thanks to app developer AMMAa AG, we’re giving away 6 copies their filmmaking reference guide, The Close-Up Film Language Glossary ($2.99). This iPhone & iPad friendly app is perfect for up-and-coming filmmakers looking to beef up their movie making vocabulary.  Giveaway details are below.

The app contains an array of terms, descriptions and definitions, all organized in an easy to navigate alphabetical list.  A search box is also provided, but I found its usefulness slightly limited since users can only search the terms, and not their definitions. There were a couple terms I didn’t find in the Glossary (i.e. Snap Zoom), but for the most part, it’s a very impressive collection. Since the information is self-contained within the app (and is not being pulled from the internet), you won’t need a network connection to review the data.  As with most reference apps, you can easily mark favorites for quick access.

Aside from the Glossary, the app also features what it calls Markers.  They are collections of small icons that visually convey complex information.  For instance, if you want to quickly get a sense of different camera angles, just review the camera angle markers.  I imagine these will be VERY useful to new filmmakers.

There’s nothing revolutionary here. In fact, most of the information in this app can be found in other places (for free in some cases).  That said, the Close-Up Film Language Glossary does a very nice job of bringing it all together, and making it easy to understand.  Think of it as film school, without all the goth girls dressed in black, listening to the Dead Kennedys.  I miss film school.


To win a free copy of The Close-Up Film Language Glossary, just leave a comment below.  All comments must be left by 11:59pm (Pacific time) tonight (March 6th), and posting multiple comments won’t help your odds. We’ll randomly pick 6 commenters and send ’em each a promo code.  Simple!   So, share your thoughts below!

Close-Up Film Language

by Neue Wege des Lernens e. V.

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Close-Up Film Language

The German non-profit organisation 'Neue Wege des Lernens e. V.' supports schools in digital learning initiatives. This includes the production of digital learning assets and apps for educational use, particularly for non-STEM classes and subjects. We have a particularly strong commitment to supporting cultural Film Education with digital tools. The App "Close-up" provides clear and concise definitions of essential film language terms used in basic and advanced film courses. Though geared for use in high school (particular sixth forms) and higher education the glossary is appropriate for anyone generally interested in cinema, film and film analysis. The Close-Up Film Language Glossary contains a unique collection of 'Visual markers', which are visualizations of filmic means and techniques. Groups of visual markers provide a quick and comprehensive overview of important categories of film language. Additionally a collection of useful checklists which help you analyzing the different aspects of film language in classroom study or when writing a film studies essay can be obtained separately from within the app.

The Close-Up Film Language Glossary places particular emphasis on the topics composition and color in movies.

Film language categories with visual markers:
Mise en Scène
Lighting style
Lens type
Camera distance
Camera angle
Camera movement
Point of view
Continuity editing
Pace and time

- More than 370 linked entries for Film studies
- 80 unique Visual markers visualize the core ideas of filmic means and techniques
- A collection of 17 checklists and counters support a formal analysis of film excerpts or motion stills available for In-App-Purchase
- Graphics help to improve the understandings of technical terms
- Favorite function allows each user to store their favorite or essential terms for fast access
- Fast and comprehensive search function provides easy access to the technical terms (even if only a part of a technical term is known)
- Text and pictures can be copied to the clipboard for citation purposes and use in other programs (e.g. for writing an essay)
- A special view of Visual markers allow for visual search of technical terms
- Clean, uncluttered interface
- No internet connection required

With kind support of Schöningh Verlag, Jühenplatz 1-3, 33098 Paderborn, Germany.

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  • cklohse

    AWESOME APP! And I believe the FIRST person to comment should AUTOMATICALLY be a WINNER!! 😉

    • Taz Goldstein

      I’d say your odds are pretty damn good right now!  🙂

  • Theory13

    i’ll bite…. just to check out the app, if it’s free.

  • yodamac

    The mobile world of video just keeps getting better!  Love it!  🙂

  • cinegorepictures

    Looks like a handy app!

  • Taz Goldstein

    Wow!  Today was a good day to comment!  Everyone who entered, gets a free copy!  Well done. 🙂

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