iPhone Democracy.

The iPhone 8 Plus


Well, I finally broke down and traded in my iPhone 6 for the new 8 Plus. My thirty-month contract was up and the 8 Plus has just come out. It has all the features of King X except the facial recognition and finer screen images. If this is even still possible. For an extra five-dollars a month to what I’ve been paying on the iPhone 6, I can have a new 8 Plus with four times the memory as well as many new features in the two generations of the phones.

The main thing I wanted to use it for was to shoot a short documentary or dramatic piece of the quality of the work I had been seeing on the amazing video depository called Vimeo. Like the X it has the ability to shoot in 4K. I wanted to mix the amazing hardware of the iPhone with the incredible filmmaking Apps like Filmic Pro and Remote. But Filmic is one of the firms at the new forefront of making films on these powerful new iPhones.

Perhaps now, more than ever, one person can truly become an independent film crew. Simply look at the lists of gadgets listed on Filmic Pro’s great website. This is your new film crew. Just these gadgets. Combined with the powerful computer in the apps for iPhone filmmaking and the advanced hardware of the iPhone, movies at new resolution and sound qualities are suddenly available to those who have the new iPhones.

The number with iPhones (or other smartphones) is much greater than the number of those behind the lens of the television and cable networks. So many more eyes with smartphone videos than those eyes (for us) of the networks and cable channels. A democracy of this new type of “eye” into culture and “voice” about culture has been created with this device called an iPhone (Steve Jobs’ “baby”).

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A growing number of people today, from all walks of life and ages, are looking at the simple, yet powerful software in a fifteen-dollar app for the iPhone called Filmic Pro. I’ve had it on my iPhone 6 for a year or so and have fooled around with it. Recently, it was updated to version 6. This update is a stunning app for serious filmmakers and offers perhaps the best way today to roundup all the forces on the new iPhones to make stunning Hollywood-looking films. With just one person, practicing a little with the app.

This might not seem too big of a thing to a lot of you out there. But to me, giving a good number of the general populace the ability to make incredible films, equaling (on the Internet) what Hollywood can produce, giving this ability to many is an amazing event today.

Apple hints at this creativity in its advertising today. It doesn’t take much convincing since Apple has always been identified with creativity against its original competitor Microsoft. The fact is, there is an amazing connection between my 8 Plus, Filmic Pro and my Rode microphones. Through a device I bought at the Apple store today, I can connect two lavalier microphones up at the same time to the 8 Plus. Exciting. I have all the tools right now.

Apple’s New Headquarters


Here is all this technology in my hand.

Perhaps the greatest feeling I have in this iPhone 8 Plus is not necessarily all of its incredible software power in the device I hold in my hand.

It is the fact the world involved with making music today has come together and their efforts are not scattered about all over the world but rather on the “screen” of the iPhone 8 Plus I just purchased.

One evening after getting the 8 Plus, I have a few glasses of wine to celebrate and (momentarily) become very sentimental about my old iPhone I had so quickly disposed of by typing in a few numbers to the AT&T headquarters.

The use of the new 4K iPhones from Apple to create powerful video films seemed immense to me.

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After I got the new iPhone 8 Plus, I played around with Filmic Pro on this motorized dolly I bought. It’s an amazing little device and I can see use for it in a film of going along a bar or dinner table and having the person speak that the device goes by.

What type of film do I want to make?

Here is a perfect example of technology looking for a story.

Not a good thing.

A few nights ago, I went through the whole process of interfacing again with Vimeo where I’ve been a member for maybe ten years or so.

Vimeo asked what type of films interested me.

I checked a number of genres and types as they were all offered by the Vimeo website page. I asked Vimeo to send me “feeds” of the ones they thought were the most interesting.

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One of the areas I signed up for from Vimeo was documentary films.

A few days after transmitting my “wish list” of films to Vimeo, I receive a number of films from them via links to the site. I receive a few other Vimeo notifications in the other genres of films I was interested in seeing from the Vimeo site.

The other genres of films all line up between the two great forces, as they always have … the forces of masculine and feminine. In the book store, the division is between non-fiction and fiction. Capture or create. The eternal forces in the book-world. In our minds. These particular muses keep revolving around my mind. Neither going away. Both of them, locked in frozen battle stares.

If only Jung was here today. His suggestion restates an ancient question: is life lived by/for dreams or memories? A big question. But inside, a number of smaller question. To what purpose? To make some fictional story? Or, make some documentary film? Capture a slice of real life?

Five months ago, I completed my novel on ancient Egypt and have simply been blogging to my site since then. But watching the incredible films on Vimeo gives me new faith.

All iPhones users, not too far away from being able to create stunning films for uploading to Vimeo and catching the eye of their reviewers. The site has stunning videos on it from all types of filmmakers and commercial makers and a lot of underground MTV videos by hot young directors. I’ve been a member since 2006 but have done little with my membership except the posting of a few short films to the site.

The Culver Hotel (Home of the Wizard of Oz Munchkins) & Two Blocks from the 1950s’ Jack Fraim Ford on Washington Boulevard in Culver City.

I was born in LA and grew up there in the 1950s. My father had a Ford dealership a few blocks from MGM in Culver City. I used to go to work with him in the summers from our home in west LA. My father had been a Colonel in the Army Air Corps and hired a number of men who worked under him during the war. Everyone was coming to California and LA in those years. My parents knew a number of people in the movie business and they would come to our home on Friday nights and my father would set up the movie screen in the living room and a film would be shown. Often, it was a film of our parents’ friends

Growing up this way gave me (I think) a fixation on the screens of life.

Of course, there was the grand Hollywood “silver” screen of the 50s. I remember my mother and father getting dressed-up in formal dress to attend a film opening. Or maybe have dinner at the Brown Derby or Musso & Franks with friends.

This is not all just memory for me. My father actually made movies of these years and I remember seeing a number of them. Usually, it was at my annual birthday party. Each year, the old reel got a little longer.

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Maybe this is why I was interested in the images from my childhood screen becoming clearer. I was able to see this by the amazing change on Vimeo over the years. Today, Vimeo is one of the great creative islands in the world. A national/world treasure. It is a great repository of modern culture told through the medium of video.

I’ll tell you in the next Blog, the direction I’m heading into.

In this future blog, I present the strange path to some musicians today.

The trip starts with the Vimeo alert system I signed on for. One of the things they recommended for me was a number of avant-garde documentary film makers. One of the first things I watched was a piece directed by Jonny Look. This was the beginning of the journey. It is a journey that can be documented with that 3 x 7-inch device called an iPhone.






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