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Author: Taz Goldstein

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SHOWCASE: “Parametric” Short Shot on iPhone 6 Plus

Here’s an interesting, visual-effects short film that was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 Plus using FiLMiC Pro. Directed by Amila C. Kumarasinghe, and shot by Dumindra Nathash piers, the film has a distinctive, harsh tone that really does a nice job of capitalizing on the iPhone’s digital sensor. The video I’ve embedded above is actually the 1 minute producer’s cut (which I prefer). The full length version is available here.  And, just for good measure, here’s some behind-the-scenes footage. App mentioned in this post:

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Perfect Last Minute Gift for iPhone owning Filmmakers

Are you still running around, trying to find that perfect Christmas gift for your favorite filmmaker? Relax! Hand Held Hollywood is here to help!

We’ve created a handy-dandy iTunes Gift Card Holder that aspiring and experienced filmmakers will absolutely love…and that will make you look like a gift-giving champ! Not only is it fun and festive, it also features convenient shortcuts (URLs and QR codes) to some of our favorite filmmaking apps.

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MoviePro has just turned 5!

MoviePro ($4.99), a popular video camera app for iPhone, just hit the big five-point-oh. This powerful app has been around since 2012, and has seen a steady string of updates.  According to the developer, Version 5 brings a truckload (my word, not theirs) of bug fixes and a few welcome enhancements including: Directly record video in Camera Roll without delays in copying files. Additional option “Move Video to Camera Roll” in savings option in app library. If you save recordings in App Library, you will find this feature handy to move one or many videos to camera roll in one go without delays

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The Apple Watch Can Now Control GoPro Cameras

After months of user anticipation, GoPro has finally a major update to their iOS app.  This new version brings many slick tweaks, but the most exciting new feature is the ability to control your camera (and preview its shots) directly from your Apple Watch! NoFilmSchool.com has published an overview of the new update: While this certainly isn’t the cheapest way to operate a GoPro, if you’ve already got an Apple watch, it’s definitely one of the more convenient ways instead of pulling out your phone — though you’ll still need that for uploading footage if you choose to do that right away. Check our their full

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Free iPhone Filmmaking Workshop at Santa Monica Apple Store THIS SUNDAY

Want to learn how to use your iPhone for filmmaking? Do you live in the Los Angeles area? If you answer yes and yes, you must get to the Santa Monica Apple Store THIS WEEKEND (October 11th, 2015)! Apple, cARTel, and the No Budget Film Fest are hosting a FREE iPhone Filmmaking workshop from 4-6:30pm on SUNDAY. You’ll learn about the latest mobile filmmaking apps, accessories, and techniques. I’m honored to be on the panel (representing HHH), alongside some very talented people (Neill Barham, developer of FiLMiC Pro, LLC; iPhone filmmaker Michael Koerbel; and Chris Bergoch, co-writer and co-producer of

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Green screen images from 2084

I’ve written a lot about green screen shooting lately, so I’m going to keep this short. As I mentioned a few posts back, I recently directed a short film called 2084, and relied heavily on an awesome iOS app called Green Screener. The app helps you light your green screen evenly to ensure a better composite. Check out the previous post for all the details.

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Crop on the fly with Crop on the Fly

Picture this… You’ve been camped out somewhere in the middle of the Nevada desert for the past 3 months. You’re chewing the remaining crumbs from your final Cliff Bar, and you’re long past your last pair of clean undies. You are a total mess, riddled with bug bites, and in desperate need of soap. Why are you here? Because you are a dedicated documentary filmmaker, trying to catch a glimpse of what many locals believe is an alien spacecraft. Suddenly, the sky cracks open, and a gleaming orb comes to rest directly in front of you. You grab your iPhone

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Introducing MOJOCON, The Mobile Journalism Conference!

I am profoundly excited to announce that I’ll be a guest speaker at the very first Mojocon, hitting Dublin, Ireland on March 27th! What is MojoCon? Allow me to quote the event’s website: MojoCon Ireland is the first international conference focusing on mobile journalism, mobile filmmaking and mobile photography all in one event. The future is mobile, the future is now. This is a two-day event with a list of guest speakers that reads like a Who’s Who of mobile journalism & filmmaking.  I’m proud to be included among their ranks.  If you’re interested in mobile media making, this is event you’ve been waiting for. My session “Smartphone Filmmakers”

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Write screenplays on your iThings with Fountain

This week, we’re going to look at how Fountain is making it easier to write screenplays on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (as well as your Android device, Blackberry, Windows phone, Palm Pilot, Mac, PC, Apple II, and TRS-80 — yes, really). When the iPhone was introduced seven years ago, the only true writing tool was the native notepad app, a bare-bones, nearly featureless text editor. I tried writing a few script pages, complete with all the necessary complex screenplay formatting, in this app. I quickly concluded that writing a screenplay in any text editor was not only a

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I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen for Green Screen: Part II

Welcome back green screeners!  As you may recall, last week I explained how green screens help filmmakers to composite (combine) multiple layers of imagery.  Don’t remember that?  Here’s a 13 word reminder (not including “presto”):  Shoot actor against green screen, remove green in post, add a new background — Presto!  While the green screen process sounds simple enough, there are a few technical hurdles you’ll need to jump, and thanks to some brilliant app developers, your iThings will help you jump higher. Last week I proclaimed my love for an awesome app called Green Screener, a tool designed to measure

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