The Oscar-winning actor was turned on to the video app, which has its own competition category in the festival, by Adam Goldberg. "Six seconds of beginning, middle, and end... you can tell a whole story in six seconds."
We digital filmmakers may drool over the sight of awesome new gear like Canon's EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, but dealing with the footage that comes out is often a royal pain. The days of "one mag of film equals about 12 minutes" are long gone: You have to memorize multiple video codecs, media management workflows, frame rate/bit rate/storage-space conversions, and... oh sorry, I nodded off there. Thank heaven there's an app for that: it's called KataData, and it does all that conversion-calculation b.s. for you, so you can focus on the moviemaking. Check out the demo:
Handmade products, despite their growing popularity online, are easy to dismiss as a twee hobby for trust-funded dilettantes (as anyone who frequents Regretsy.com knows), or a ghetto populated by packrat gearheads who'd rather spend 12 weeks building an Arduino-powered pencil sharpener than deign to use an iPad. Of course, that's a gross oversimplification of so-called "maker culture"—it's full of basically normal folks who just happen to care about making and using products and services with a human touch behind them.
In this age of digital wizardry in filmmaking, doing things the hard way is a perversely effective way of standing out. It worked for Nick Gurewitch and his friends, who shot a web comedy series on 16mm celluloid. And it sure seems to be working for Evan Glodell, who not only wrote, produced, directed, co-edited, and starred in his new feature film Bellflower — he freaking made the cameras he shot it on. His Coatwolf Model II digital cinema camera looks like a steampunk wet dream, from the old-school bellows on the front to the hand-machined nameplate on the side.
Charles Eames is one of the rare people I can cite as a hero in all three of my careers as a science writer, design blogger, and filmmaker. His classic short film "Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Film Dealing with the Powers of Ten and The Relative Size of the Universe" fuses all three disciplines in an animated "long zoom" that goes from a human hand all the way out to the edge of the deep space, and then all the way back in to close-ups of quarks, in one take.
People are making movies, commercials, and music videos using nothing but the cameras on their iPhones nowadays, but what about directing live TV? You know, the kind of thing where a guy in headphones yells at a bunch of little screens representing multiple cameras: "Ready camera one! Take one! Zoom camera two!" Now, with an app called CollabraCam, you can wirelessly link four iPhone, iPad 2, or iPod Touch cameras and direct their coverage like you're Holly Hunter in Broadcast News.