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Hand Held Hollywood's Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone

By Taz Goldstein

Published by Peachpit Press

Published Date: Dec 3, 2012


Filmmakers love gadgets. We flock to any new technology that demonstrates the slightest potential to help us conceptualize, visualize and digitize our creative efforts. So why have we neglected those touch-screen powerhouses hiding in our pockets and backpacks?

That is about to change!

In Hand Held Hollywood’s Filmmaking with the  iPad and iPhone, director Taz Goldstein exposes how these remarkable devices can aid in nearly every aspect of film and video production. His book weaves film theory together with an entertaining and informative exploration of the latest filmmaking apps and accessories.

Covering everything from structuring story with virtual index cards, to shooting footage with specialized camera apps and accessories, to putting it all together with powerful editing tools, this book will bring novice filmmakers up to speed, and inspire working professionals to rethink their aging workflows. Throughout the book are links to all the applications described within, with additional resources available at the website.

This is THE book for iThing-obsessed filmmakers. With nearly 300 million iPads and iPhones sold, filmmakers around the world already own the most versatile filmmaking tool ever made… they just don’t know it yet!  This book will help them understand and unlock the potential packed into every one of these devices.

Table of Contents


development and pre-production


1 Stop Playing “Angry Birds” and Write That Script!

Mapping Your Mind

Structuring Your Story

Writing Your Screenplay

Using External Keyboards

Speaking Your Script


2 Don’t Just Sit There–Read a Script and Sit There

Reading Screenplays

Annotating Screenplays

Memorizing Screenplays

Finding Screenplays


3 Here’s the Pitch!

Presentation Apps

Where to Find Imagery

Following Up


4 Prepping the Shoot

Production Directories.

Tech Scouting


Call Sheets

Release Forms and Contracts

Digitizing Dead Trees

A Quick Word About Budgeting



PART TWO production


5 The Director’s Toolkit

Storyboarding for Artists

Storyboarding for Non-Artists

The Ultimate Director’s Viewfinder

Blocking Your Shots

Building a Rodriguez List


6 Lights! Camera! Airplane Mode!

Getting the Best Results.

The Best Video Camera Apps

Unique Video Cameras

Audio: Half of Good Video


7 Mount It, Mod It, and Mic It

Gearing Up Your iPhone

Your iPad, Only Better!

Awesome Extras

Step Up to the Mic


8 The Most Versatile Tools on Set


Creating an Interrotron

Camera Calculations

The Ultimate Slate

Field Monitors and Instant Dailies

Let There Be Light

Contents ix


PART three postproduction and beyond


9 From Mess to Masterpiece

Importing Footage

Color Correcting Your Footage

Editing Footage

Composing the Score

Mixing Your Audio

Editing Extras

Learning More


10 It’s Done! Now What?

YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook

Selling Your Work

iPhone Film Festivals

Putting It On-Screen

The Last App in the Book

Additional Resources

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ISBN-10: 0-13-309431-6

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-309431-2

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