Remember the desolate island used by the villainous Silva in the latest James Bond epic Skyfall? Now you can visit the barren Japanese landscape that inspired the film without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Hollywood is a veritable poster child for Apple products, where Macs have long been favored over Windows for creative tasks from scriptwriting through post-production. While Adobe has offered solutions for the latter almost from the company’s inception, it has only recently dipped its toes into the former with the cloud-based Story.
It should be no surprise that the high-quality 720p HD video recording capabilities of the iPhone 4 are being used to create slick, original short films by a new generation of independent filmmakers with more ingenuity than cash -- and now, they can even have their efforts rewarded thanks to a new film festival dedicated to Apple’s device.
While the big publications have been hogging the iPad limelight with their heavyweight titles and in-app subscriptions, a small German publisher has quietly slipped into the App Store with the kind of rich, interactive experience that most of their bigger rivals could only dream of.
While it may just be a gimmick to draw attention to the effort, you have to admit it’s impressive that the iPad 2 has been in stores less than a week and already the tablet has been used to shoot a music video.
Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut give Mac users intuitive tools for editing their home movies from dry, amateurish “Wave to the camera, kids” productions into something that’s actually worth watching. But if you start with cruddy footage, there’s only so much you can do in post-production to improve it. Two of the biggest problems that can’t really be fixed later on are poor sound quality and a jittery camera. So when you’re ready to take your backyard epics to the next level, we offer the following improvements to your movie-making setup. They won’t break the bank, but they’ll definitely improve your work. Next stop, Sundance?
Final Cut Pro is commonly used for editing feature films both big and small, but it’s particularly well-suited to challenging situations, such as the one that film editor Bradly Buecker found himself in with the new Julia Roberts vehicle Eat Pray Love, which opens theatrically on Friday.
Say what you will about the iPhone 4's antenna woes, it's still the most advanced handset Apple's produced to date. Boasting significant imrpovements over the 3GS, there's a lot to be happy about in the smartphone's latest iteration: Just ask any number of indie directors or cinematographers using the iPhone 4 to shoot and cut their films.