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Bandshell Case turns your iPhone up to 11! REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered! Thanks to its stunning Retina display, Apple’s iPhone makes a perfect portable screening room. I use mine to view dailies while on location, to reference rough cuts while working with sound effects designers, and so on. I’ll even use it to show-off relevant videos while giving impromptu elevator pitches. Unfortunately, as awesome as the iPhone’s screen may be, its audio playback sorta blows…specifically, its low volume. However, one company has created a clever iPhone case that can help turn things up to 11. Allow me to preface this completely unbiased iPhone case review

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My other favorite video camera app: Spark

Last week, I posted about FiLMiC Pro ($4.99), the most powerful video camera in the App Store. While it’s the app I rely on most for consistently delivering professional results, there’s another video camera app I love equally (for very different reasons). It’s called Spark ($1.99). While FiLMiC Pro is clearly intended for a pro minded shooter, Spark targets the more casual, playful user. What the app lacks in high-end features, it more than makes up for with unapologetic simplicity. I don’t mean to say that Spark lacks gusto. It just takes a very different approach to filmmaking. Most modern

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Is FiLMiC Pro Still the Most Powerful Video Camera App? Spoiler: Yes

While every iThing comes with Apple’s own camera app, you should take a moment and explore the incredible, feature-rich alternatives waiting for you in the App Store. At last count, there were over one trillion of them. Sure, I just fabricated that statistic because I didn’t feel like doing research, but my point is this: There are a LOT of video camera apps. So which should you buy first? Well, that’s easy! FiLMiC Pro ($4.99) is hands down the most powerful video camera app you can add to your arsenal. It starts by giving you manual, independent control over white

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Announcements

I’m Speaking at Macworld / iWorld this Thursday!

Going to Macworld this week?  Me too! I’m thrilled and honored to announce that I’ve been asked to participate in a discussion panel at this week’s Macworld / iWorld Expo in San Francisco! I’ll be sitting with some absurdly talented people, discussing mobile photography and videography workflows. The panel is being held on the Macworld “Main Stage” (which sure sounds big) at 1pm, this Thursday, March 27th. If you can make it, please stop by and say hello. I always enjoy meeting HHH readers and like-minded filmmakers. Here are the panel specifics snagged straight from the Macworld/iWorld website. Hope to

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HHH Debuts in Eye Chart Magazine Today!

Today was a big day for me and Hand Held Hollywood! Eye Chart Magazine, a killer daily digital publication written and edited by legendary tech reporter Ken Ray (of Mac OS Ken fame), launched its first weekly column from a guest contributor… ME! My “i, Filmmaker” column made its debut in today’s issue of Eye Chart and will continue to appear in future Friday editions. Which reminds me, if you’re visiting HHH for the first time as a result of reading my column in today’s Eye Chart: WELCOME!

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Movie Magic Scheduling To Go is now FREE

Movie Magic Scheduling for Mac & Windows (the industry standard for budgeting film and television production) recently received a major update (to version 6). So, why am I sharing this info here? Because, while announcing their update, Entertainment Partners also declared that their companion iPad app, Movie Magic Scheduling To Go, has dropped from $29.00 to FREE! Yeah, you heard me. Free. The iPad app is an extension of the desktop apps, allowing you to import, view, and manipulate schedule date while on set — like having a classic strip board in digital form. The app is not a stand-alone

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O.P.N. FOR DECEMBER 2ND, 2013

Welcome to another edition of Other People’s News. What follows are some of the more interesting info-nuggets I’ve recently spotted around the web-o-sphere. On his VJ Technology Blog, Glen Mulcahy offered up a super handy cheat sheet of iMovie gestures. He also discusses what I believe is the app’s best new feature: the ability to detach audio from existing video clips. Glen also recently published a very nice report on using radio mics (lavs, handhelds, etc.) with an iPhone. iMore took a look at the recent olloclip update. The new version offers an additional macro lens, and more. If you’ve

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Apps

Black Friday Deals for Mobile Filmmakers

Found a few good Black Friday discounts for iPhone and iPad owning filmmakers. Who doesn’t love a bargain? Readdle is offering 50% off of PDF Expert for iPhone (now $4.99, regularly $9.99) and PDF Expert for iPad (now $4.99, regularly $9.99), both of which are excellent for reading PDF screenplays and filmmaking contracts. Photojojo.com is offering a nice discount on their Camera Table Dolly (now $75, regularly $90). Comes with an adjustable arm and smartphone clamp. Perfect for getting silky smooth dolly shots on your iPhone. Gamma & Density Co. has discounted their iOS color correction tools: ExpressColor for iPhone & iPad (now $1.99, regularly $2.99) and Image

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Gear

A real Anamorphic lens for your iPhone? Yup!

UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign has reached its goal in just a handful of days (nice work, everyone), but you can still get in on the early-bird pricing by becoming a backer! If you’re serious about shooting footage on your iPhone, you likely already own a lens accessory or two (such as the olloclip or iPro Lens). While there’s no shortage of iPhone friendly wide-angle, fisheye, macro, and telephoto lenses on the market, one of the most important lens types has been noticeably absent — the Anamorphic Lens. Thankfully, that’s about to change! Moondog Labs has officially unleashed their iPhone 5/5S

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Gear

iPhone 5C? Yawn. iPhone 5S with 120fps? AWESOME!

Apple made a few major announcements today. They reminded us that iOS 7 (with iRadio) is just around the corner, and touted their iWork and iLife apps which are now FREE on all new iOS devices. More on that in a moment. Apple’s BIG news came in the form of two new iPhone models: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C — neither of which should be surprising to anyone who’s read the news lately. The iPhone 5C is a colorful, plastic revision that contains much of the same technology that powered the iPhone 5. The 16GB model runs $99,

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