When filmmaking was in its infancy, making transitions was a tricky prospect. You had to do it all “in the real world,” so to speak, by superimposing two projected videos and recording the result. These days, with the advent of digital desktop video editing, the process is infinitely simpler. You can choose where to apply the transition, alter it as you please, and even replace it with a different one that’s more to your liking. In comparison to what you had to work with before, your options are practically limitless, and using it’s all fairly easy to do, too.
Even by the relatively low standards of movie tie-in games, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a weak entry. It makes a strong first impression with vibrant graphics in an open-world setting, but absolutely everything else about it is underwhelming, bland, or outright frustrating. Most of the problems are fundamental and extend from the game’s own lofty ambitions. An open-world setting demands that Spidey swing freely, which works just fine so long as he’s heading in a straight line.
Our neighbors to the north have a long and colorful history of strong public funding of the arts, and NFB StopMo Studio from the National Film Board of Canada demonstrates that a government agency can indeed create something of true value for the creative minds of the world. It’s perhaps the single most usable, slick, and capable stop-motion creator we’ve seen on iPad, and it’s a truly unbeatable value for aspiring movie makers.
The latest iOS devices are capable of producing amazingly high-quality video footage, but the resolution tops out at 1080p HD. Thanks to Ultrakam, a new third-party camera app, the iPhone can squeeze out even more pixels—even if the current hardware isn’t quite up to the task. Ultrakam is capable of shooting video with up to 70% more pixels than standard HD. While there’s no denying that it manages to cram in a whole lot more pixels into each frame of video—and the additional detail is certainly noticeable—there are too many tradeoffs made to get there.
Despite the support of nearly every Hollywood studio, cloud locker service Ultraviolet has failed to gain much traction with consumers. Ultraviolet holdout Disney thinks there’s a better way, and the company has released an app to prove it. Disney Movies Anywhere is a free, universal app serving up more than 400 Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies (no TV shows yet) to any iOS device. Digital-only purchases made via the app are handed off to the iTunes Store, but now include the same kind of Disney Movie Reward perks that DVD and Blu-ray buyers are accustomed to.
Last month we reported that David Fincher, the director behind such memorable films as Fight Club and The Social Network, is in talks to direct a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson's acclaimed biography. Apparently those talks are still ongoing, although now Fincher claims he'll only direct the film if acclaimed actor Christian Bales performs in the lead role.
Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic may have flopped, but that hasn't deterred others from attempting to make a definitive film based on the life of the former Apple CEO and co-founder. Judging from the names involved, it's possible this new effort could be Oscar material. We've already heard about acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's involvement in the project, and now word has come in from The Hollywood Reporter that David Fincher of The Social Network fame is in talks to direct it.
Decades of fascinating and enlightening documentary work by filmmaker Ken Burns form the core of his self-titled app, which draws on close to four hours of footage compiled from documentaries covering a huge breadth of material relating to American history. While we’d have liked to have some longer clips included, careful, almost meticulous design and curation underpins everything. Only the 13-scene, 31-minute innovation playlist is available free, though; the rest of the videos and the other five playlists are locked behind a $9.99 in-app purchase.
The art of color grading film or video typically involves expensive hardware out of reach to the average producer, assuming he or she could figure out how to juggle all of those buttons and trackballs to begin with. Thankfully, manipulating all the colors of the rainbow can now be done from the palm of your hands. ColorTime 2.0 isn’t a true replacement for costly color grading hardware, but it does let iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch owners manipulate color using a gesture-based interface that deftly tackles even 1080p HD video content in real time.
So get this--according to Variety (via MacRumors), Aaron Sorkin, acclaimed for his work with The West Wing, The Social Network, and A Few Good Men, has submitted a screenplay to Sony based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. Sony tagged him as the screenwriter for the project back in may of 2012, and it looks as though he's finally wrapped up his draft.