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Hey Kids, Don’t Put Your Lips on That Thing!

We’ve got a few posts coming your way after the weekend.  But until then, check out this innovative music video that uses the iPhone in place of the lead singer’s mouth.  Of all the uses an iPhone has on set, I never saw this one coming. The Video was made as part of VIRAL, a 24-hour competition between two bands to see who could produce the most ‘viral’ video.  A very clever music video wrapped in a very clever marketing strategy.  Nice work all around.

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DV EXPO: iKeysToGo for Final Cut Pro 7

I admit it.  I’ve been using Final Cut Pro for years, and I still only know about 20 keyboard shortcuts.  Maybe 25 if I’ve had a Redbull. The worst part forgetting the those commands is having to look through the manual (or PDF). It’s never as quick and easy as it should be. There’s usually a lot of page flipping and time wasting involved. Enter iKeysToGo: Final Cut Pro 7.  It’s a searchable, well organized list of keyboard shortcuts. That might sound unimpressive for $2.99, but you’d be amazed how handy this app really is. There’s a lot of time

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DV EXPO: Jonathan Houser, Creator of Hitchcock

It’s no secret to Hand Held Hollywood readers that I’m a huge fan of a storyboarding app named Hitchcock. And now that Apple has made it one of their ‘featured’ apps in the iTunes store, it’s attracting many more fans every day. While roaming the halls of the DV Expo, I was able to catch up with Hitchcock’s creator, Jonathan Houser. I asked him a few questions, and even got him to fess-up about some cool new features that are coming to future versions of Hitchcock.

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DV EXPO: Helios & Artemis

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.

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Write Your Masterpiece on the Train

So you’ve read a few screenplays on your iPhone, and now you’re finally ready to write one of your own. Outstanding!  But before you carry that 40-year-old IBM Selectric typewriter with you on the subway, let us suggest an alternative. Thanks to some pretty impressive coding by the folks at Black Mana Studios, you can now write a fully structured screenplay on your iPhone using their app titled, appropriately enough, Screenplay. And because it’s on the iPhone, you can write wherever and whenever inspiration strikes.

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Teleprompter? I Barely Know Her!

You don’t have to be the host of a late night talk show, or President of the United States, to benefit from using a teleprompter.  In fact, anyone who’s ever had to look straight into a lens and speak for more than 30 seconds, knows how beneficial a promoter can be. If you don’t know what a teleprompter is, check out this post on wikipedia.

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HOW TO: ADR On The Go

What can you do if your perfect production is made a little less perfect by some lousy audio? Very often, an actor’s lines will be unusable because of extra noise, background sounds, or a variety of technical glitches. But, don’t despair. You can easy replace that bad dialogue with the help of your iPhone, and we’re going to show you how.  This tutorial also demonstrates the use of the FourTrack recording app, and an external mic named Mikey.

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Don’t Just sit there! Read a script, and sit there!

The next time you’re hankering for something to read, look no further than your iPhone. Reading screenplays can be entertaining, arduous (if they’re crap), and most importantly, educational. After all, the best way to learn about screenwriting is to read scripts. All it takes is a mobile web browser and a URL or two. You’ve got the gadget. We’ve got the links:

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Are you suffering from Lame Name Shame?

Chip Landmass? Viva LeTruckstop? How about Blunter “Golden Fists” Lighswallow, III? Even though these are all clearly brilliant character names, drenched in dignity and depth…they may not be right for your current project.  And you can only name so many characters Bill and Sarah.  You want your characters to have the appropriate moniker, right?  So, where can you turn for a little name inspiration? Baby Names Plus by SchatzisoftFor years, I’ve turned to my trusty, pastel balloon covered Baby Name book.  I can always flip a few pages and find something unique and evocative.  I’ve been using the same book for the

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