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A great big bag of news!

A lot of cool stuff happened over the past few weeks. I was working long hours, and didn’t have the chance to post about it… until now!  So, here’s some stuff I missed, that you may have missed too.

Stu Maschwitz (of ProLost) posted a great article describing how he uses an iPad app called Penultimate, along with custom designed ‘paper’ templates, to sketch out storyboards. Not only does he describe his process, but he also gives away all the templates you’ll need to get started! I’ve been using this app since it was first released over a year ago, and it’s awesome.

Mashable mentioned a new Apple patent that could prevent you from using your iPhone’s video (and still) camera in certain venues.  It was just a matter of time.

Cult of Mac reported on the BBC’s decision to create a custom news-gathering app for its field reporters. The new app would allow reporters to record and upload news items (videos, stills, etc.) directly to the BBC servers. Looks like the rest of the world is catching on to what we already knew — the iPhone is the best news camera because it’s always with you.

iLounge offered readers a first look at the new ModulR case for iPad 2 (We covered the first modulR case back in February). In addition to iPad 2 support, it looks like modulR has made some design improvements, including the ability to add some customization.

OffHollywood gave a ‘quick tease’ of a new iPhone app called Rig Control from Element Technica. They’ve been beta testing it, and seem pretty damn excited about it. Check out the video.

Mashable revealed how animator Shawn Harris used his iPad and an app called Brushes to create an amazing music video for the group Blush (featuring Snoop Dogg). You can watch the finished video, as well as the ‘making of.’

Cult Of Mac posted a thorough review of the Habbycam iGrip, a new camera mount for your iPhone.  I’ll cut to the chase — don’t get it.

And finally… Hand Held Hollywood (that’s us) released version 2.0 of our own iOS Filmmaking App Directory. The new version features up-to-date prices and descriptions (since it’s now pulling it directly from the app store), and allows users to view only recent additions, and our recommendations. As a bonus, it also loads a little faster… usually.  Check it out and spread the word!

Here are the apps mentioned in this posting:

‎Penultimate
‎Penultimate
Developer: Evernote
Price: Free+
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Shang-Chi Director Directed From His iPhone

I enjoyed reading this brief ScreenRant story, so I thought I’d share it here. It describes how Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, was forced to direct an important scene via his iPhone while in the hospital for the birth of his child! Sadly, it doesn’t divulge the details of that unusual workflow, but it’s an excellent reminder that we’re all toting the world’s most versatile piece of filmmaking gear in our pockets and purses!

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