This is the first in a series of posts about useful iPhone apps for film and video production.
In the past few months, during my shoots overseas, I have been confronted by producers, crew members, drivers, waiters, and ordinary folks on the street, using iPhones for texting, tweeting, gaming, emailing, translating, navigating, Facebooking, computing currencies, listening to music, showing photos, shooting video, sometimes even talking on the phone … and exploring new apps created to help people like us, who work in film and video production.
Apple products have long been popular with folks in the visual media. In the US, I am used to seeing Macs and iPhones on production crews; sometimes nearly everyone has one! But recently, . . . CONTINUE READING: Production APPtitude: Sun Seeker
After battling Customs in Beijing, we arrived one evening last month in Shenyang, in the region of northeast China once known as Manchuria. Jet-lagged and tired, we decide to explore the restaurants in our hotel. We were staying at the Kempinski, a German-based hotel chain, and the ground floor held a Munich-style beer hall called the Paulaner Brauhaus. The idea of German food for our first dinner in China was too incongruous, but that night we found the food at the Chinese restaurant upstairs to be mediocre (glutinous and bony). . . . CONTINUE READING: Sweet Home
I’m hunkering down at home right now after a three-week trip through Europe and South America to shoot a global corporate medical film. Our route took four of us – and 13 cases of video and audio gear – drifting through the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and Brazil. Plus one day shooting here in the San Francisco Bay Area last Monday.
Tomorrow, Sunday, we go to China to finish shooting the project. It will be the fourth continent on this shoot for DIT Jim Rolin and me. Director David Rathod and producer Anne Sandkuhler joined us for the travel legs in Europe. After shooting at three locations in the US, director Randy Field and producer Lori Wright then joined Jim . . . CONTINUE READING: Continental Drift