Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

Lovell Films website redesign

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

In anticipation of the completion of For Memories’ Sake (see previous post), I’ve done an overhaul of the Lovell Films website which, for the uninitiated, is the site for my film projects.

Check it out, if for no other reason than to get a preview of the Self-Reliant Film redesign that will launch in a few days.

No Budget Film School this weekend…

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I’ve written about Mark Stolaroff’s No Budget Film School before, but he’s holding a two-day class this weekend in L.A. that looks like it might be interesting. Guests include Peter Broderick, Alex Holdridge, Jay Duplass, and others.

If you’re in L.A. and interested in no-budget filmmaking, this is probably worth a look.

This one’s for the graduates…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Reader (and former student) Jonathan Poritsky writes in:

I’ve replied to enough “your-dad-said-you-work-in-film-what-should-i-do-now?” e-mails that I got tired of it and decided to write the response to end all responses. It seemed relevant to SRF, and also in part inspired by what you do on your site. So here’s the link, do with it what you will…

I will link to it. Here it is: Starting Out in Film, Now What?

Two Macintosh Productivity Apps

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Here are a couple of useful Macintosh tools to help you stay focused while working at your computer writing, editing, or doing anything else that requires concentration.

Isolator: I’ve been using this application on and off (literally) for a year. As its creator describes it, Isolator

will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications, so you can concentrate on the task in hand.

Freedom: James M. Johnston recently tipped me off to this cool little Mac application. According to its website, Freedom

is an application that disables networking on an Apple computer for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create. At the end of your selected offline period, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal.

pCAM for iPhone

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

David Eubank’s pCAM and pCINE were great applications for the Palm OS. They helped you compute depth of field, hyperfocal distance, angle of view…. Together, they were like a computerized version of all those charts in the American Cinematographer’s Manual that you always referred to on set.

Now, Eubank has outdone himself with pCAM for iPhone, which combines the pCAM and pCINE applications in a new interface. If you have an iPhone and you shoot film or video, this is a supremely useful tool. At $39.99 it may seem pricey for an iPhone app, but in my opinion it’s well worth the price.

pCAM for iPhone [iTunes store link]