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RedRockRedrock Micro is probably best known for their award-winning One Man Crew, a motorized parabolic motion system, as well as their remote focus system microRemote. We stopped off at their booth at NAB, where Redrock’s Brian Valente not only gave us a demonstration of the new features of these two products, but of their new 3-piece, vintage style rig for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the Retroflex, which allows for handheld operation. More »

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WriterDuet Outliner 1Note cards and cork boards may be the most ubiquitous outlining tools among screenwriters. Together, they’re simple, they’re visual, they’re movable. In short, they work. Now, what if you collaborate with another screenwriter in another time zone? Or even just on the other side of town? How’s that note card covered cork board working for your collaboration? Maybe you like to work on your own in the coffee shop down the street. I bet everybody loves it when you drag your cork board through the door. Now, thanks to WriterDuet, the online collaborative screenwriting app, we have an intuitive outlining tool that you can share in real-time with your writing partner — or use solo, if that’s how you write. And WriterDuet is still free. More »

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Tribeca 6 sec filmsSince it’s introduction a little over a year ago, the free mobile video app Vine has become a pretty significant player in smartphone filmmaking, inspiring the creation of hilarious 6-second videos, wise film industry musings, feature films, and even film contests. If you love Vine and missed the chance to put your micro-content skills to the test last year, Tribeca has once again sent out a call for entries for their 2nd Annual #6SECFILMS Vine Competition. Continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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Weekend Read iPhone script reader app Quote-UnquoteHave you ever tried to read a screenplay on your iPhone? It’s awful. You struggle with pinch and zoom in a vain attempt to read the stupid thing. The iPhone just isn’t meant to read screenplays. Or is it? Thanks to Weekend Read, a new iPhone app from Quote-Unquote Apps, screenplays now actually look good on your iPhone. In fact, the next time you’re stuck in line or riding the subway to work, you may actually want to read a screenplay on your iPhone with Weekend Read. And it’s free. More »

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ArriLighting, whether we like it or not, is a highly technical craft. Even though it isn’t necessary to know the amount of footcandles or lux that a light gives off at a certain distance, or how a light’s CRI will affect the final image, in order to light a shot effectively, you can bet that the most discerning cinematographers and their gaffers are absolutely thinking about those technical characteristics when they light. Even though that type of information can be intimidating for beginning (and even intermediate) filmmakers, Arri’s new Photometrics app puts all of it right at your fingertips: More »

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WriterDuetBack in September, we shared with you a post about WriterDuet, a free, online screenwriting app that lets screenwriters collaborate on the same script in real-time. Other screenwriting applications tout collaboration tools, but with WriterDuet, you can actually collaborate on a script online with as many people as you want at the same time. And it’s free. But sometimes, we want to write our screenplays alone, offline. Now, WriterDuet is creating an offline desktop version that auto-syncs when you’re online, and they want to collaborate with you. More »

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WriterDuet online collaborative screenwriting appIn our recent post featuring a video interview with The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the writing partners explain that they collaborate on their screenplays from separate locations with Weber in New York City and Neustadter in Santa Monica. With the Internet, Dropbox, Google Docs, email and any other number of file sharing tools now available to us, long-distance screenwriting partnerships are certainly more common. Final Draft and Celtx both offer screenwriting collaboration tools, but both applications have their limitations. If you and your writing partner need real-time screenwriting collaboration capabilities over the Internet, the new WriterDuet may be the app for you. Oh, and it’s free. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Editing 'Minority Report' Style: Editors Keys' Gesture-Based Interface for Final Cut Pro - nofilmschoolWe’ve seen a few early attempts at touch-based editing interfaces, using devices like the iPad. It may take some time for touch-based tools to mature into something better/faster than good ol’ fashioned keyboard input, if ever, but the developments are interesting to say the least. Now, Editors Keys are working on a totally gesture-based system for the Leap Motion Controller, for ‘lift of a finger’ interfacing with Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere & Photoshop, Avid & Pro Tools, and beyond. As always, editors will have to judge whether Minority Report-style control over their NLEs is viable. That said, it will be quite fascinating to see where technology like this goes. Read on for a demonstration by Editors Keys. More »

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Interaction of Color appOne of my absolute favorite aspects of aesthetic theory is color — their “meanings”, their composition and pairing, and how their aesthetic energy effects a human brain. Josef Albers basically rewrote the book on color theory with his 1963 Interaction of Colorand now Yale University Press has made his invaluable teachings available in an iPad app. Full of Albers’ texts, color studies, as well as 125 color plates, videos, interviews, and studies for users to complete, this free interactive app offers an engaging way to learn Albers essential color theories not only for filmmakers, but all creatives whose understanding of color is integral to their work. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video 'Video on Instagram' - nofilmschoolThis doesn’t have to be confusing, so let’s briefly recap: various apps and services have quested to achieve the status of being the ‘Instagram of Video.’ Instagram, of course, is known for essentially being the ‘Twitter of Photography.’ Twitter itself has stepped up as a favored contender in this quest with its 6-second-maximum micro-video service Vine. Now, Instagram itself is offering ‘Video on Instagram,’ which allows up to 15 seconds maximum micro-videos. All of which is — well, good — and hopefully fun, but how viable are these apps for the creation of artistic content? More »

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Slugline screenwriting Mac appA few weeks ago, I wrote about the introduction of Slugline, a new Mac app for screenwriting from Stu Maschwitz and Clint Torres of Act Focused Media. The concept behind Slugline is to keep the app simple so screenwriters can focus on the writing. Slugline uses Fountain, the screenwriting markup language designed by Maschwitz with screenwriter John August, and adds a slight veneer of GUI to separate it from a plain text editor. Thanks to a review copy provided by Act Focused Media, I’ve had some time to work with Slugline to provide nofilmschool readers with a more in-depth review of this new Mac app. More »

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Ryan Gosling Wont Eat His CerealVine, the Twitter-owned iOS app that lets you take, upload, and now embed 6 seconds of video, has been making the rounds since it was released back in January of this year. Tribeca held a contest for filmmakers to make movies with Vine, but similar to Twitter itself when it began, we haven’t quite figured out its true purpose. That is, until now. Ryan McHenry, who directed a BAFTA-winning short film called Zombie Musical, has created something of true genius with the app. Behold, Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat Cereal, the very reason Vine, and possibly the internet, was created: More »

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final-draft-writer-ipadIf you write your screenplays in Final Draft (like me) but didn’t have an iPad when Final Draft Writer originally debuted at the sale price of $30 (like me), but now you have an iPad and wish you could’ve gotten Final Draft Writer for the cheaper price (like me) so you’ve waited for a sale (like me), you’re in luck. Until May 15th, Final Draft Writer is available for $30, 40% off the regular price of $50. Need a little more info about the app? Check out our recap below from when the app originally debuted. More »

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Too often have I experienced the doubled-edged nature of the internet: it’s a great tool, but also a great distraction. We all need to buckle down sometimes and get to work, and the insta-grat (yes) of the internet can be crippling. In comes SelfControl, a free and open-source application that blocks your own access to chosen websites for a designated amount of time. Hit the jump for the details. More »

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Last month, I wrote about the retail version of screenwriting Mac App Highland from Quote-Unquote Apps, based on the Fountain markup language. The major selling point for Highland is its ability to melt PDFs into Fountain-based text files that can be edited and exported as either formatted PDFs or Final Draft (.fdx) files. Today, Slugline arrives, a new screenwriting Mac App now available for purchase that is also based on Fountain. What is Slugline’s major selling point for screenwriters? Simplicity. More »

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We’ve seen a few apps capable of controlling different programs on your computer with an iPad. A recent app that caught our eye, ProCutX, is capable of controlling Final Cut Pro X with your iPad, and replacing many of the functions normally done with a keyboard. For a limited time (possible only a few more hours), the full app, which is normally around $25, is now free on iTunes. Click through for a video walk-through of ProCutX. More »

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Maybe all of you Vine users noticed an alert on your respective mobile devices, but for those of you who haven’t (or don’t have the app yet), Vine released an update that allows you to embed your videos on the web. Before the update, users were only given the option to share their videos on Twitter and Facebook, but now you can post your videos virtually anywhere, which can only mean that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Vine in the near future. More »

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A few months ago Twitter launched a new iOS app called Vine that is aiming to take a piece of the video sharing pie. Similar to the company’s 140 character limit, Vine is a video sharing service limited to videos that are no more than 6 seconds in length. There have been plenty of interesting applications for the service, and Tribeca is trying to take advantage of the storytelling possibilities by starting a contest that challenges you to come up with a short film in 6 seconds that has a beginning, middle, and end. Think you’re up for it? Read on for more details. More »

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After a little more than a year of beta testing, Highland, the screenwriting app from Quote-Unquote Apps, is now available for purchase in the Mac App Store. To promote the retail version, Highland is available for $10, half off its list price of $20, through the end of March. Highland lets writers write scripts in plain text and converts files between PDF, Final Draft (.fdx) and Fountain, a screenwriting markup language developed by Quote-Unquote Apps. To find out more about how Highland works and to get a free demo, check out the video and details below. More »

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The keyboard can certainly be a powerful and efficient control surface for non-linear editing, especially with the mastery of hot-keys and short-cuts. Despite this, some editors desire a more visually intuitive way of interfacing with their NLE. There are those that prefer specialized color-coded editing keyboards or keyboard covers, while others swear by their tactile controllers. Those can go for around $80, but what about using an infinitely configurable iPad to take the place of one of these consoles? We’ve already seen one iOS app capable of controlling a wide range of video software, but with a new iPad app called ProCutX, Apple editors have yet another way to turn their tablet into a Final Cut Pro X console. Check out some images and details below. More »