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GIVEAWAY: Close-Up Film Language Glossary hits 2.0

Close-Up Film Language Glossary ($2.99) (one of our favorite reference apps) just got a nifty 2.0 update, and we’re giving away 10 copies (more on that in a moment)! Along with several new glossary entries, iPhone 5 support, and some bug fixes, the app now offers an optional set of 17 intriguing film analysis tools (available via a $0.99 in-app purchase). These tools require a little additional explanation.

Sometimes the best way to learn filmmaking technique is to study the work of others. For example, after watching a particularly effective scene, I’ll re-watch the scene multiple times (usually with the sound off so I don’t get sucked back into the story). During the repeated viewings, I’ll ask myself questions such as, “What camera angles worked best? How did the dominant colors affect the scene’s emotional impact? Was the footage contrasty or saturated?” and so on. The optional film analysis tools in the new version of Close-Up Film Language Glossary is essentially asking those questions, and providing a way to record your answers. It’s a great way to pick apart a scene, and analyze how it was constructed.

Have android owning friends? Let them know the app is also available for Android (via Google Play).

Ready for the best news? To celebrate the 2.0 release of Close-Up, the app’s developer is giving away 10 copies of the app (iOS version) to HHH readers. Nice! To enter the giveaway, just follow the instructions in the giveaway box below (if the box doesn’t appear, try reloading the page). We’re trying out a new giveaway system — hopefully it works because we plan on giving away a whole bunch more stuff in the near future!

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