Movie Reviewlette: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Special effects evolve another step further

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Rise of Planet of the Apes was pretty good. Two main points

  1. It was not a string of loud action scenes. There was some pacing, character development and story. Reminded me of the flow of “Batman Begins” vs the other Batman movies. Or Spiderman 2.
  2. The apes were AMAZINGLY well crafted CG from the LOR, King Kong and Avatar folks. We can now enable people play animal parts very well. They used arm extensions and actually brought actors suited up in motion capture suites onto exterior action sets. One more step closer to being able to do people, if we so choose and if it entertains. We’ll see soon.
_Apple of My Eye_ - an iPhone 4 film - UPDATE_ Behind the

Video shooting and editing on the iPhone 4

General

This is a really good short movie show, AND edited, on an iPhone 4.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12819723&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=ff9933&fullscreen=1

“Apple of My Eye” – an iPhone 4 movie / film – UPDATE: Behind the scenes footage included from Michael Koerbel on Vimeo.

Take away: An exciting leap in video production in the field! And a reminder that the old lessons of film production in terms of light, sound, dolly shots, use of scene slates, location shooting, are also unchanged. Also, there’s only one track of audio on iMovie for iPhone, so they had to do some importing and exporting, but the voices were recorded using the phone.

Below are screenshots with my thoughts in more detail. "Apple of My Eye" - an iPhone 4 movie / film - UPDATE: Behind the scenes footage included by Michael Koerbel

In the right light, resolution looks fantastic. But this is just as much about knowing old school lighting techniques, like how to best use indirect natural light, then it is about the camera.

"Apple of My Eye" - an iPhone 4 movie / film - UPDATE: Behind the scenes footage included by Michael Koerbel Very creative pick of content to build into the story, (model trains) to show off the camera’s small size. And very creative camera mounting.

"Apple of My Eye" - an iPhone 4 movie / film - UPDATE: Behind the scenes footage included by Michael Koerbel

Speed rails like theu use in old school large film camera productions.

This isĀ  where we really start to see the “old and new” aspect of this new way to make videos. The camera is tiny, but it’s held by the same equipment that could hold a large film camera for a tracking shot. I suspect it’s from USC’s film school equipment room, which means it’s probably been used on many a student film for decades!

"Apple of My Eye" - an iPhone 4 movie / film - UPDATE: Behind the scenes footage included by Michael Koerbel This is fantastic! A clapboard scene slate. I am guessing they used slates because iMovie on the iPhone only has one track for audio. The producers reported in the comments that they recorded the voices in a quiet room, with the iPhone, and then exported with iTunes, mixed with music, and imported to iMovie.

Apple-of-My-Eye_-an-iPhone-4-film-UPDATE_-Behind-the-scenes-footage-included-on-Vimeo-4.jpgFinger editing in iMovie!

_Apple of My Eye_ - an iPhone 4 film - UPDATE_ Behind the More editing.

_Apple of My Eye_ - an iPhone 4 film - UPDATE_ Behind the And the final export, in HD!

Nice work Michael. Thanks.