TOYS

Yesterday I upgraded from my old iPhone 2 to a blazingly fast iPhone 4. That got me to thinking about all of the new toys that are available today that weren’t even dreamt of when I entered the business. The latest issue of Los Angeles Magazine listed a few…

To begin with, there is an App called Rehearsal that allows you to put in your script, highlight your lines to learn and then black them out to test your progress. You can even record the other parts and interact with the recording! In my day I memorized lines but hiding them with my fingers…
Then there is an App (Artemis) that mimics a viewfinder that the director looks through to see how a particular lens will make the shot look. Another one (Helios) charts the movement of the sun based on the date, time and location. You will always know how to adjust the lighting as the day progresses.
Next, the article talked about an App called MovieSlate that serves as a clapper board used to synch sound and picture. A regular slate can cost $1000, the App retails for $20…
And finally, there is a device called Cube that attaches to your camera and will transmit what the camera sees directly to your iPhone or iPad. Instant dailies that can be immediately shared with you cast, crew and editor.
The progress and affordability of these tools is staggering! Of course like any tool, they are only as good as the people using them.
Remember: the fact that anybody can conceivably make a movie doesn’t mean they should. Just like my vocal chords can produce a musical note nearly in key doesn’t mean that I should sing for everybody. Really, I shouldn’t sing for anybody!
I’m just saying…