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How I used my iPhone & iPad on a Disney short (a.k.a. Blatant Self Promotion)

I wanted to share some fun news! A short film I directed for Walt Disney Pictures just hit store shelves! It’s called Last Chance Lloyd, and stars Nicholas Braun and Raini Rodriguez. If you’ve seen Disney’s Prom (in theaters last April), then you’ve already witnessed Lloyd desperately trying to find a date for the big night. My short goes deeper into Lloyd’s story, exposes a few more failed attempts, and explains why he winds up going with… we’ll, I’m not going to spoil it. If you’d like to check it out, it’s the featured bonus on Disney’s new PROM BluRay.

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“I Am Number Four” Director relied on his iPad during production.

Yahoo News recently ran a story about director DJ Caruso, and his extensive use of his iPad during the filming of his recent flick, I Am Number Four. The story briefly discusses Caruso’s use of the iPad to mark-up storyboards, as well as how the iPad’s was used to aid a few special effects shots. Check out the story here.

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Gear

Park Chan-Wook shoots film with iPhone 4

Just in case you were still wondering if the iPhone can really be considered a filmmaking tool, here’s a very interesting story: Acclaimed South Korean director, Park Chan-Wook just debuted a 30 minute short film shot entirely with the iPhone 4.  Sure, there’s been a TON of videos on YouTube and Vimeo, all claiming to be the first short, the first feature, the first music video… but Park’s “Paranmanjang” is claiming to be first cinema-class film. That’s a pretty bold statement considering the iPhone’s limited resolution, and lack of professional controls.  But, considering the $130,000 budget, and the director’s track record

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Mashable Showcases Videos shot with iPhone

Mashable.com just posted a great collection of Music Videos, all shot with the iPhone 4.  If you’ve ever doubted your iThing’s ability to create impressive images, you need to re-direct yourself here now.  And as an added bonus, some of the songs are pretty catchy!

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Inspiration

Filmmaker uses iPhone to animate Lucas and Lynch

There are plenty of people out there who never tap into their iPhone’s filmmaking potential. Sascha Ciezat is not one of those people. Sascha whipped up one of the coolest animations we’ve seen come off an iPhone. In short, Sascha took recorded audio from a conversation with David Lynch, and animated to it using a $.99 app called iMotion. Have a look!  Get inspired!  Make Movies!

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Apps

PROfile: Cinematographer, Mark Doering-Powell discusses pCAM Film+Digital Calculator

David Eubank has just released Version 3 of his highly regarded pCAM Film+Digital Calculator for the iPhone. If you’re not already familiar with pCAM, it’s an amazingly versatile Motion Picture and Still Photography calculator. This new version introduces several additional calculations, updates the user interface, includes 26 new formats, and squashes a couple bugs. Since I’m admittedly unqualified to discuss this amazing app, I’ve invited Emmy-nominated Cinematographer, Mark Doering-Powell to share his thoughts.

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