The Ultimate Mojo CheatSheet! Sequences Deconstructed, examples, apps – everything you need (except the gear)

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Tomorrow Philip Bromwell and myself begin a new Mojo Masterclass in RTE. We met today to fine tune the curriculum and the topic of a Sequences Cheat Sheet came up. We put our heads together and voila! We’ve pieced together The Ultimate RTE Mojo CheatSheet. I designed it as an A3 image so you can download it at full A3 res or squeeze it to A4 and its still perfectly readable/useable.
Let us know what you think- Twitter: @glenbmulcahy @philipbromwell . Enjoy!

MoondogLabs 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter for iPhone 5/5s Unboxing and FCPx Squeeze tutorial

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I ordered a MoondogLabs 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter a while back. Their Kickstarter campaign  caught my interest,  particularly when it emerged that they had reached out to FilMicPro to have an In-App Squeeze option added!

So you ask Whats an Anamorphic Lens Adapter and Why would you want one?

Here’s a quote from the MoonDogLabs Kickstarter page:

“Anamorphic lenses were introduced for filmmaking in the 1950’s to create an immersive, panoramic experience intended to compete with the widespread adoption of television.  In addition to a wide aspect ratio, the anamorphic aesthetic is characterized by horizontal flares, distortion that creates a unique sense of depth or dimensionality, and oval “bokeh” or blur for out-of-focus areas. For these artistic reasons, anamorphic filmmaking has been enjoying a decades-long renaissance.  However, due to the complexity and expense of the optics involved, anamorphic lenses are not readily available to most independent filmmakers.  We believe there are stories best told with an anamorphic aesthetic, so we have developed an affordable 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter specifically for the iPhone 5/5S.”

 

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So my Adapter arrived this morning, as it was a U.S. import I had to pay the Customs and Excise import duty (€41) on top of the lens price of $199. So not cheap, particularly on this side of the pond and not for everyone, but if you are a budding Conrad Mess or Michael Koerbel  and you are after that “Cinematic” feel for your epic iPhone short Film then this is definitely something you need to look at…

I took the Adapter out for a quick test shoot, using the current version of FilMicPro, and then using the footage I imported it into my Mac so I could create a simple project in FCPx to show you how to SQUEEZE the footage to the correct Aspect Ratio.

Remember, the new version of FimMicPro will have an option in the menu to allow you to Squeeze the footage In-App-no release date from Cinegenix as yet but will keep you posted. In the meantime heres that tutorial.

Conrad Mess, the master of iPhone filmmaking releases his latest movie: The Other Side. via @messfilmMakers

If you haven’t heard of Conrad Mess then you have missed one of the most impressive success stories of an aspiring filmmaker who has realised his dreams of making films but in Conrad’s case his approach is somewhat different to the traditional route.

I have worked in a college that teaches Filmmaking and Documentary and I met lots of young, enthusiastic and aspiring students who all dreamt of being a director or cameraperson and who had signed up for the course to learn from industry professionals. Many of them went on to work in the TV and Film Industry, but very few ended up realizing their dream of being a director. When you start in the movie industry, aside from having to be nominated by other union members just to get your union card to work on set, there is a very defined hierarchy and when you are starting out you most definitely start at the bottom.

Luis Mieses, a.k.a. Conrad Mess,  born February 23, 1974 in Zaragoza, Spain. In the last three years he has created no less than nine short films, all of which have been shot on various generations of iPhone. Image

If you would like to learn more about Conrad and his amazing projects check out this interview with The Smalls

He today launched his latest project: The Other Side which he crowd funded over the last number of months. I contributed to the funding as I have been quite amazed at the quality of some of Conrads work and often show a piece of his work during my Mojo training as an example of what can be achieved if you have the vision and determination.

This movie is exceptional in that it was all shot on CSO / Chromakey/ Green Screen and composited in post production. Its so well done it is hard to tell the rendered images from the actual rushes! Decide for yourself:

Mess filmmakers are on Twitter: @messfilmmakers and also on Facebook: Me.S.S.FilmMakers

I hope to interview Conrad in the coming weeks.