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WEDNESDAY SHOWCASE: LeAnn Rimes music video shot on iPhone

Naturally, when music video director Ian Padgham was enlisted to shoot a memorable video for megastar LeAnn Rimes, he chose the very best video camera for the job – an iPhone. Wait. What? Yup! The new stop-motion music video for Gasoline and Matches was shot entirely on an iPhone 5S. Did Padgham use a top-notch camera app like FiLMiC Pro? Nope. He used Vine. Yes, THAT Vine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Padgham used a pair of iPhones to collect the 8,000 images required to complete the video. And according to The Loop, another iPhone was used to playback the song

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Inspiration

WEDNESDAY SHOWCASE: Philip Bloom shows off 120fps on iPhone 5S

When the iPhone 5S hit the streets, YouTube continued to be flooded with the same crappy videos as always… but now, many of them were in slow motion. Crotch hits in slow motion. Dog licks in slow motion. Water pouring in slow motion. Enough! In this week’s Showcase, Philip Bloom uses his iPhone 5S to capture Tallinn, Estonia in glorious 120fps.  It’s an excellent example of what happens when powerful equipment finds its way into the right hands.  Philip also wrote an extensive post about the shooting and color correcting the video. It’s a terrific read.

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Gear

New Adjustable GLIF Tripod Mount fits nearly any Smartphone and Case

Studio Neat’s Glif, one of the very first and most popular tripod mounts for the iPhone, just received a major update.  The new model is adjustable, and will therefore work with nearly any size smartphone, with our without a case.  Rather than mount along the iPhone’s edge, like previous Glif models, the new Glif clamps down on the top and bottom.  Using the included wrench, the Glif can be made shorter or taller, allowing for a wider range of sizes. According to Studio Neat’s website, the new version will fit any device between 58.4–86.4mm wide and 3.1–12.7mm thick. The new Glif ($30)

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Announcements

Spinning Plates is in Theaters NOW!

As you may know from my earlier posts and tweets, I’ve spent much of the past few years producing a feature documentary called Spinning Plates. Directed by my close friend and business partner Joseph Levy, Spinning Plates is an intimate look at food, family, legacy and passion. It explores three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life. The film has won several festival awards, and garnered some terrific press. I’m profoundly proud of this film and the team that helped create it. I’m thrilled to report that Spinning Plates opened in Los Angeles, New York, and

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Gear

Padcaster Mini + iPad Mini = Maximum Awesome

If you’ve read my book, you know I LOVE my Padcaster.  With its aluminum frame, urethane insert, and oodles of accessory mounting options, the Padcaster is the most flexible and professional way to shoot video with a full-sized iPad.  My ONLY complaint with it is that it’s nearly impossible to shoot in a public space without at least 5 people coming over to ask about it — that’s especially true in Los Angeles. Now, Josh Apter, the mad genius behind the Padcaster want to bring that same level of awesome to the iPad Mini, and you can help make it happen. The Padcaster Mini for

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Apps

iOS 7? pffft. whatever. Take a look at this new hotness!

If you’ve read my book (you’ve ready my book, haven’t you?), than you likely remember Jesse Rosten — a gifted filmmaker who once used 9 iPad screens to light a photo shoot! He’s also the guy who directed the much-loved Fotoshop by Adobé. Well, Jesse has just released a new video, and it ties in quite nicely to all the recent iOS 7 hoopla. No spoilers here. Just sit back, click play, and enjoy the film’s subtle message. (Video not playing back? Jump to youtube.)

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Gear

Just a little over 2 days left to grab XiStera (tripod mount & lens kit)

For a $25 Kickstarter pledge, you can get your hands on your very own XiStera multitool (but you’ve only got a few days left).  This little doodad will give your iPhone 5 portrait and landscape tripod mounts, as well as an external lens kit (fish eye, wide angle, macro). If that weren’t enough, the tool also provides a bottle opener, portrait and landscape stands, a key chain attachment, an ear bud wrap, a capacitive stylus, and even an option for an external LED light. If Dr. Frankenstein had an iPhone, and didn’t feel like getting a GLIF, olloclip, MicroLite, and

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Gear

MacWorld / iWorld 2013: Hoodi magnetic shade for iPad

Often times while using my iPad on location, direct sunlight makes it next to impossible to see my screen clearly. This is especially troublesome when using my iPad as a wireless field monitor. Short of hiding under a swath of black Duvetyne, I have yet to find a great solution for keeping the sun off my screen.  Until now… In just a couple weeks, a new company called HoodiVision will be releasing the Hoodi magnetic shade for iPad (with other models to follow). The $34.95 Hoodie just pops right onto your iPad using a series of magnets, and instantly shades your

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Announcements

Vertical Video Syndrome – a new threat to iPhone filmmakers

Just because you CAN shoot vertical video with your iPhone, doesn’t mean you should. I have to admit, I cringe every time I see a tall skinny video on YouTube and Facebook. Just watching a minute or two makes me want to take a shower.  Thankfully, it appears I’m not alone. To combat the epidemic of improperly formatted smartphone videos, Glove and Boots have released this important PSA. Enjoy, and make sure to pass it along to your horizontally-challenged filmmaking associates. Thanks to HHH reader, Joseph L., for putting this on my radar!

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Inspiration

SHOWCASE: “Fools Parade” Music Video shot with iPhone 4s

Looking for a little iPhone inspiration?  Want to induce a visual migraine?  Here’s a little something that might satisfy both! Check out this very cool music video for Trumpeter Swan’s Fools Parade. It was directed, shot, and edited by Jeff Turboff.   First, he used his iPhone 4s to shoot the video. He then converted that into over 5,000 separate stills, all of which he post-processed with a neat little photo app called Phototropedelic. It’s always exciting to see what happens when filmmakers hijack apps that were never meant for video.  Enjoy!

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