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Filmmaking with the iPad and iPhone
Filmmaking with the iPad and iPhone Hand Held Hollywood lays it out for you
By Ko Maruyama

Filmmaking with the iPad and iPhone
Hand Held Hollywood lays it out for you

Chances are, you've adopted a smart phone and maybe a tablet into your daily life.  And if you've chosen the Apple iPhone or iPad as your weapon of choice in your production pipeline there's a lot more that you can be doing with it to help you out during your filmmaking process.  Hand Held Hollywood's Taz Goldstein has written the ultimate app guide for every moviemaker with mobile devices. (It's not just about shooting with your device!)

There are so many different tasks that you need to accomplish when you're filmmaking.  The most obvious of jobs is that of the cameraman, but there are numerous other elements that are necessary to get the job finished.  From script development and pre-production planning to production schedules and on to post production processing, Taz Goldstein takes you through the various apps and techniques that will make your next project come together seamlessly on you iPad and iPhone.

There is a fair amount of the book dedicated to actually shooting video with your phone or iPad (about 20% of the book), but the real benefit to filmmakers - whether you're beginning or you've been doing it for years - is the references to all of the support tools out there.

If you're a pro - you've been shooting for a while - you're shooting right now - there's stuff you're going to want to jump into right away.  Flipping through the book, you'll find solutions to many of the tasks you've been doing analogue style.  Perhaps you've stuck by an application that isn't the most efficient solution for pros out there. Hand Held Hollywood's book will break through the clutter and spotlight the best apps for you to try out.

If you're a beginner, the book serves not only as a review and walkthrough for all of these apps, but provides some insight into why you need these support applications, and gives you some kind of overview of what you might be getting yourself into.

It's a bottom-line advantage: to think that for a few hundred dollars - cheap in the grand scheme of production - you can arm yourself with solutions that pros have been spending tens of thousands of dollars on (in hardware, software and man-hours).  These solutions will help you manage your production schedule and production tasks better so you can get down to what you need to achieve: your *finished* film.

The book isn't filled up with print resources to links and iTunes store links, you have an iPhone or iPad, use it; the pages have QR codes that bring you right to the resources you need.  Some of these codes are also embedded with discounts that you can apply right away.  What's a Call Sheet?  Why do I need DoddlePro? What is DoddlePro?


You can check out the book directly at the website, or take a look at the other resources available at


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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