Tiny Inventions workflow

Wow! WATCH THIS dark and amusing ZODIAC KILLER inspired short animation:

Something Left, Something Taken- Full Version from Tiny Inventions on Vimeo.

then if you have 30 minutes and you love After Effects and want to make animation – check this ‘making of’ out:

RGTV Episode 47: Tiny Inventions from Red Giant Software on Vimeo. Check out their website too: www.tinyinventions.com/

iPhone audio recording – Mikey

Just stumbled across this by accident – a video about an iPhone Mic called ‘Mikey‘:

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Not sure if it enables you to record great audio whilst recording video, or if it is just for audio. I do like the line in feature and the fact that you can charge it by USB power to stop it draining the iPhone’s battery. Hmm… I shall await the future release of the new Mikey and wait a while…

iPhone 4 filming

So a while back I got hold of an iPhone 4 deliberately to play with its HD filming capabilities; because I was dismayed at the utter lack of filming over the last 15 months of hell in my old job and also wanted to negate any excuses that I might have for the future: such as, I haven’t time to charge my video cameras up; I’ve run out of tape; I haven’t got my camera on me and am unable to capture this marvellous event happening in front of my eyes etc. Especially now that I’ve changed jobs for the better and am in a much more saner plane of existence, my excuse pool is very much shallower. ;0)

I know that the quality of footage will never hold up next to a Semi-pro HDV Camcorder when you’re needing to be able to push the footage in post, as there’s so little visual information to play with in comparison. I also knew that there wasn’t going to be even half as much control over what I shot or the quality of the sound. However, for quick ‘making of’s’ on set, for doing possible video blogs / podcasts, or capturing something worth sharing on the net that didn’t require the post polish, it was going to be a damn sight better than a Flip type camera.

It was the fact that you can now install the iMovie video editing app on it, and unlike any other phone out there [to my knowledge] you can film and edit and upload all from your mobile phone, that swung it for me and made me sign up to an exorbitant contract for pitiful data rates. But like any cynical sod, I firstly wanted to fully research the workflow and conduct a few misguided experiments. I wasn’t going to rush out there like many did, just to be the first iPhone movie (shot and edited on the iPhone exclusively) on the net; although the day I picked up the phone I was instantly inspired to write a very easy to shoot low budget comedy horror short – more news on that soon.

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CELTX goes mobile with CELTX Script for iPhone and iPad

Apologies people, I know I’ve been bad and not posting of late. Hit by the bleak and distracted by life. But I’m back now.

Recently I treated myself to an iPhone 4 – after my old work took back the old iPhone 3 and it’s a whole new world of apps! Finally the iPhone, despite its flaws, has matured into something low budget filmmakers can make use of. Not only does it now enable you to shoot and edit video – more on that in another post – but App makers have taken advantage of the multi tasking capabilities of the new OS and developed some cool apps.

Ironically a week after I purchased the Scripts Pro app – the developers of CELTX get in on the act with their own Scriptwriting app! if I didn’t already have Scripts Pro, I’d definitely have purchased this; although Scripts pro is not just tied to CELTX and enables you to use Final Draft files too. I’m not sure how much screenwriting I will be doing on an iPhone, but the ability to work on my Macbook, then on my Hacbook and now on my iPhone means that I have no excuse not to write! I could write on the train, on the couch or in bed, and even in meetings, if I don’t need to pay attention – or in the pub or train when waiting around and killing time. It opens a whole new world of possibilities for the creative. Now if Scrivener comes out for the iPhone I’ll be in heaven!

– if you’re using it, please stop by to let me know how it’s going!