Pocket Film Studio: The iPhone Revolution

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Sunday 11th March, 2012

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Do you have an iPhone™, iPod Touch™ or iPad2™? Then there’s a film studio in your pocket! Apple iOS devices are powerful filmmaking tools that have dramatically leveled the playing field and now allow anyone with a story to tell access to robust shoot & edit technology that enables them to produce it. Our panel brings together filmmakers and technology experts to discuss the creative possibilities and personal & professional opportunities available because of this new digital filmmaking equipment and the community supporting it.

About the speakers

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Caleb Deschanel

Director/Cinematographer, Dark Light Pictures

CALEB DESCHANEL is a five-time Oscar nominee, recognized for his cinematography in The Right Stuff (1983), The Natural(1984), Fly Away Home (1996), The Patriot (2000) and The Passion of the Christ (2004). His other director of photography credits include The Black Stallion (1979), Being There (1979), Anna and the King (1999), National Treasure (2004), ,The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) My Sister’s Keeper (2009). He has completed work on 3 films that will be released this year: Killer Joe, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and One Shot. Deschanel is also the director of the feature films The Escape Artist (1982) and Crusoe (1989), along with numerous short films, television episodes and hundreds of television commercials.

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Michael Koerbel

Writer/Dir/Storyteller, Majek Pictures

Michael directed what is widely viewed as the first film shot and edited entirely on the iPhone 4, "Apple of My Eye". "Goldilocks," a 10-episode action series - his follow-up project - was shot on the same device. The series has garnished over 100 write-ups, including two New York Times articles. Michael won a 2011 College Television Award (Student Emmy) for the last short he directed, "In Captivity" (not filmed on an iPhone). Michael is finalizing his MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is the co-founder of Majek Pictures. With every project, he aims to continually stretch and bend the boundaries of technology.

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Sean Safreed

Mgr & Founder, Red Giant Software

Sean Safreed is co-founder of Red Giant Software, and a 16-year veteran of the computer graphics industry. The company started with 2 products and has since grown to offer more than 50 products with a team that spans the United States, Canada, and China.
Before founding Red Giant in 2002, he worked on the Apple's QuickTime team managing QuickTime VR and QuickDraw 3D technologies. At Silicon Graphics' he lead efforts to add innovative video features to the companies PC hardware systems. At Puffin Designs, he worked as a product manager on Commotion, a ground-breaking video paint application that originated at Industrial Light and Magic.
* Product Design including numerous tools and features for video and mobile applications
* Web Development including building AJAX tools and user experiences
* Graphics including 20 years of knowledge working in Photoshop, and now Lightroom
* Video including color correction, and graphics in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and many more
* Graphics Processing including algorithm development and hardware adaption for GPUs
* Photography including landscape work with many 35mm systems from Canon, and Nikon

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Serenity Caldwell

Staff Editor, Macworld Magazine

Serenity has been writing on, talking about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. She wears many hats, both figuratively and literally: She writes and edits for Macworld and its ebook program; sketches, sings, and scribbles on her blog; rants endlessly about books, television, and film to just about anyone who will listen; and—in her secret superhero life—plays roller derby.

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Matthew Dessner

Founder, The Original iPhone Film Festival

Matt Dessner founded The Original iPhone Film Festival and iPhoneFilmMaker.com to support the emerging community of iPhoneFilmMakers and to provide a home for anyone that has a story to tell or who wants to learn more about iPhoneFilmMaking. Above all else, Matt believes in the democratization of filmmaking through accessible technology like the iPhone. He is passionate about the empowerment of new technology and shiny bright objects. Based in New York City, Matt Dessner's background is as a Producer/ After Effects designer with over 15 years of making commercials for the advertising industry. Some of which include campaigns for: Heineken, Nokia, Best Buy, Campbells, Listerine, Valvoline, Lucky Charms, Cheerios, The Marines, HSBC, Trident, Tylenol and GMC. As a teenager, Matt appeared in commercials for McDonalds, Jell-O Pops and Ora-Gel. As well as 'if you blinked you missed it" extra parts in various movies. AIM: mdezz

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Sun 11th March 2012


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