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HHH is Heading to MojoFest in Galway, Ireland

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I’ll be a guest speaker at this year’s MojoFest in Galway, Ireland on May 29th! I’ll be giving a presentation on the latest and greatest iOS apps and accessories for filmmakers. So, what’s MojoFest, you ask? Allow me to quote the official MojoFest Website: The next evolution in Mobile Journalism Conferences… MojoFest is more than just a conference, it is a celebration of the growing global community of professional smartphone content creators. 3 Days, 3 core elements, 30+ speakers and 300+ delegates. If this sounds familiar, it’s because this event is the evolution of

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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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I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen for Green Screen

What did you do last week?  I mercilessly tore my living room apart and temporarily transformed it into a green screen (a.k.a. “chroma key”) studio in which I directed a short comedy called 2084.  For as long as I can remember, my friends and I have joked about shooting 2084 on a massive soundstage with high-end gear and a huge crew — total overkill for this very silly, 3-minute short.  Well, after ten years of that not happening, we finally decided to shoot 2084 with a tiny crew (four of us) and a budget just large enough to cover lunch.

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Are iOS Camera Apps Helping or Hurting Filmmakers?

While that overtly sensational headline may reek of clickbait, it’s also a fair and reasonable question – one I was asked while speaking on a Photography/Videography panel at this year’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Jeff Carlson, the panel’s moderator (and all-around-photography-guru), was asking me specifically about the new wave of filmmaking apps that attempt to guide the filmmaking process, and automatically correct their user’s mistakes. It’s a tough question to answer. On the surface, it appears that these applications are replacing creative control with pre-defined scripts and algorithms… but maybe there’s more to it than that. Let’s take a

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How I use my iPhone to charge all my other batteries. Wait. What?

Want to hear a funny story? Not too long ago, I drove 4 hours to a last-minute, geographically isolated, commercial shoot with an SUV full of professional camera and audio equipment, only to discover that most of my gear’s rechargeable batteries were nearly dead! Oh wait, I meant “a horrible story,” not “a funny story.” Thanks to a very resourceful gaffer, I survived the day (and the shoot), but vowed never to be surprised by another dead battery. I set out to find a solution that would allow ALL of my batteries to be fully charged on short notice, but

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