Posts Tagged ‘app’

Cameo Enters the Video App Filmmaking Market

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Cameo is the latest addition to the video plus social networking app market. As with every new release into this crowded marketplace – users will ask (in a whining voice) – what’s new and different than Vine, Instagram, YouTube Capture, and all the others? Answer: A lot! First, Cameo vids are cloud based – all videos are stored in the Cloud (for free). It does not use the space in your phone (unless you want the final product to be there). Nice, but what else you got? Cameo allows users to shoot 720p HD (mp4 format) videos on their iPhones or iPads (requires iOS 7) with up to three friends – giving users the ability to collaborate, in real time. They also have a fully functional editing suite and a library of effects like 16 and 35mm, colors and themes like Luminous, Analog, Pop, Chromatic, and much more.

Users can make 2 minute short films with 6 second clips at a time (this gives Vine veterans the skill-set to expand their limited 6 second creations). You can also trim the 6 sec clips to utilize the most relevant parts and edit them all together.

Check out their intro video:


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Cameo allows you to easily create beautiful short films on your own or with friends. Cameo is the first app to bring professional-grade video effects and styles to users of any skill level. Download now and get creative.

  • Unlimited video creation
  • Free professional-grade effects and fonts
  • Film in real-time with friends
  • Instantly share on Cameo as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
  • 720p HD video is embeddable on any website or blog
  • Save HD videos to your phone so you can upload to YouTube, Vimeo, or Instagram
  • Cloud storage so video clips don’t take up space on your phone
  • Follow friends and other creators
  • Like and comment on each other’s Cameos

–from official Cameo page on Apple iTunes App store.
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You can download the Cameo app for free at the Apple iTunes App store.

App-Only Filmmaking – Trend, Gimmick or Evolution of the Medium?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

“Haunting Melissa” is a unique filmmaking endeavor created by producer Neal Edelstein (The Ring, Mulholland Drive) and Hooked Digital Media. The horror app-only film is specifically made for viewing on iPads and iPhones (iOS6). The episodic structure delivers chapters, piece-by-piece in an unexpected schedule – heightening the tension of the horror tale through push notifications. Because of the nature of the mobile device platform, the “film” exploits the intimate nature of how we consume sound in these devices – i.e. headphones  – emphasizing this traditional ghost story’s details into a modern digital era experience.

See the trailer here…

 

“Haunting Melissa” is an example of the evolution of mobile app usage in filmmaking. We’ve seen its use primarily as a second screen experience like in the Dutch film App (filmlinker article), Tender Loving Care, and in several TV shows like AMC’s Story-Synch features for The Walking Dead and The Killing.  Here’s a chart (below) from a Wall Street Journal article titled, “TV Networks Play to ‘Second Screen” that shows the ever changing, multi-tasking viewer:


       Source: WSJ.com

Hooked Digital Media is betting on this trend to grow and evolve into a new way audiences experience storytelling.

Expect original stories exclusively for tablet and mobile devices through app technology that reinvents distribution. The hyper and hungry audiences of today can expect edgy and innovative entertainment from some of Hollywood’s best and brightest creators… The way entertainment is absorbed has changed forever. So let us tell you a story.” – hookeddigitalmedia.com/about

Download the [highlight]FREE APP[/highlight] for “Haunting Melissa” in the iTunes Store now.

Screenshots of the “Haunting Melissa” app:

Tribeca Film Festival’s Vine Competition Announced

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Tribeca Film Festival just announced a call for entries for Vine powered 6 second shorts (#6SecFilms). After its initial release in January, Vine has become a popular platform/app for creating very short videos (6 seconds is the limit) that are shared on Twitter (its parent company) and Facebook. The 6 second limit on the Vines have forced its users to be even more creative with their looping films – same as Twitter has revolutionized the creativity of the 140 characters written snippet.

Here’s the gist of the competition:

– Create a Vine (a.k.a. short film) that tells a story with a beginning, middle, and end.

– Tag your Vine with #6SECFILMS and the appropriate category hashtag of in one of the following areas:

#GENRE (Horror, Comedy, Sci-Fi, etc.)
#AUTEUR (artistic visionary story or script)
#ANIMATE (animated short)
#SERIES (serialized Vines – up to three)

– Then post it to Twitter (you must also follow @TribecaFilmFest).

– The deadline is 11:59 pm ET on 4/7/2013.

Read their Official Rules (here).

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Here’s the rest from TFF’s official announcement:

All Vines submitted to Twitter using the relevant hashtags before the deadline of 4/7/2013 will be reviewed by the Tribeca Film Festival programming team. A shortlist of select Vines that meet the creative requirements will be chosen by the programmers and displayed on Tribecafilm.com the week of 4/17/2013.

Our panel of distinguished judges will deliberate over the shortlist and select a winner in each category. The winners will be announced 4/26/13.

SHORTLIST, WINNERS AND PRIZES

Shortlisted Vines will be recognized and showcased on TribecaFilm.com.
Winners in each category will receive $600 (a hundred bucks for each second).

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Second Screen Mobile App Enhances ‘APP’ Film

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

A new Dutch film apply named APP will use a second screen application as a companion to the film. The app utilizes the SyncNow Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology. ACR makes second screens content-aware, delivering a package of enhanced features and information that are relevant & synchronized with the content playing on the main screen. Viewers are asked to download the app (available in iOS or Android) before going to see the film. APP’s app will offer 35 moments in the film where additional information or content will be accessible to enrich the movie viewing experience.


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This second screen feature is an interesting concept that is probably not a good gimmick for just any film. Other filmmakers (I believe Kevin Smith was the first) have used audio companion downloads that provide the director’s commentary that you’d time to synch with the film. However, APP’s story line makes it relevant since it involves a young psychology student who is addicted to her smartphone and after a long night of partying – discovers a mysterious app named IRIS has been downloaded on her phone.

APP Official Trailer:

Highland, the Screenplay Editor Officially Launches

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Highland – the screenplay editor conceptualized by screenwriter John August, is available in the Mac App Store today. Highland converts screenplays between PDF, FDX (Final Draft) and Fountain formats – back and forth in every direction. Here’s the product’s trailer…


With Highland, you can also tackle FDX files without Final Draft. We’ve found our users are often writing in Google Docs or TextMate or vim — or on their iPads. Whatever setup you prefer, Highland can get you into and out of Final Draft smoothly when you need special features.”John August

August introduced Highland last year, but wanted to beta test it with screenwriters before it went on sale. It’s available now for $9.99 until the end of the month (March 31st) – then it’s back to its original price: $19.99. You can also try the free demo here (zip file) or from the official site.

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Short Films find Digital Distribution via the new Go Social Film iPad Magazine

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Go Social Film Magazine is a new (free) iPad (only) monthly publication that showcases international short films – along with behind-the-scenes production content, exclusive filmmaker interviews, unseen footage, and interactive multimedia articles.  Subscribers can watch these short films in their entirety and filmmakers get exposure to a wider audience.

Go Social Film is a welcome addition to indie filmmaking. There are not that many platforms where shorts have a voice outside the festival circuit, Go Social Film is a great opportunity to be heard.”  – Alex Sufit, director “Gentlemen In Squalor.”

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Here are some of the featured short films included in Issue #2:
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  • “Slug Invasion” (IMDB) Animation – Director: Casper Wermuth, Denmark
  • “O-Ring” (IMDB) Drama – Director: Ondřej Hudeček, Czech Republic
  • “Gentlemen in Squalor” (IMDB) Musical – Director: Alex Sufit, United Kingdom
  • “Phlegethon” (IMDB) Drama – Director: Vadim Vatagin, Russia
  • “Finding Benjaman” (IMDB) Documentary – Director: John Wikstrom, United States
  • “Gravity of Belief” (IMDB) Comedy – Director: Martin Gooch, United Kingdom

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The Go Social Film Magazine App is available for free download in the iTunes Store.

Vyclone – A New iPhone App that Merges Footage from Multiple Cameras

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Vyclone, a cool new filmmaking app just launched.  It’s a free mobile app that let’s users co-create, sync and edit multiple videos of a shared event.  The result can be made into a single movie that incorporates multiple camera angles.  It reminded me of how the late Adam Yauch (a.k.a. Nathanial Hörnblowér, a.k.a. MCA) directed Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! (IMDB) – where camcorders were given to 50 audience members of a sold out Beastie Boys concert in 2004.  Cut to 2012 where everyone has a camera on their phone – making this type of collaborative filmmaking a much easier task.  That is what Vyclone’s co-founder noticed…

Working as a musician for years, I noticed that people were always taking video of their favorite moments of each concert, but there was no way for them to share their different viewpoints with each other,” said co-founder and chief creative officer Joe Sumner. “We created Vyclone to solve that problem and the result is something that goes far beyond concerts to finding a new medium for expression.”

Here are the list of features listed from Vyclone.com:
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  • Ability to film from four different camera angles in a variety of filters including black & white and sepia
  • Simple video editing tools including one-tap and multi-camera editing
  • Option to share videos privately, with friends or the Vyclone community
  • One-tap sharing to Facebook and Twitter or to the camera roll on iPhone or iPod touch to share anywhere
  • Discover featured, new, and popular content from Vyclone’s active community
  • Ability to tag friends and events, comment on videos, like videos, and follow other Vyclone users

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Currently, it’s only available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (iTunes Store link) – and it’s FREE!  Check it out.

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