Category Archives: iPad 2

Contour will help shape your screenplay

20120214-085154.jpgContour is an app designed to help focus the creative process of writing a screen or teleplay by utilizing a known structure and series of central questions to develop your main character as well as create and properly set up your story in a way that will draw the reader in and fulfill the requirements of the plot and pacing of your story. Contour was developed by Jeffrey Alan Schechter, a WGA, WGC, Emmy, and BAFTA nominated writer, producer, and director. According to Schechter the four questions you must ask and answer for your movie to successful are:

Who’s your main character?
What’s your main character trying to accomplish?
Who’s trying to stop your main character?
What happens if your main character fails?

The answers must be:

A sympathetic character, who is…
…trying to accomplish a compelling goal while being opposed by…
… a powerful and committed opponent, over…
life and death stakes.

The app’s script structure use four archetypes to develop the main character through the course of your script. These are the four classic archetypes that every main character moves through in every great movie:

ORPHAN in Act One
WANDERER in the first half of Act Two
WARRIOR in the second half of Act Two
MARTYR in Act Three.

For reference, the app includes a number well-known movies and dissects and analyzes them using this structure. These examples of successful movies are included for ready reference. The app has an extensive user manual which will help you learn the Contour structure and apply it to your own writing. There are built in links to the Contour website including  extensive references to current movies, message boards and tech support. The program costs $5.00. The program allows you to work and capture those ideas on the go whether it’s during a lunch break, between appointments or late at night while lying in bed. The program costs $5.00. For the cost of a Starbucks Chai Latte, Contour will help you shape your screenwriting.

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Action Movie FX: Blowing Up Your Boss’s Car Has Never Been So Much Fun or Easier

This is a free app you have to get!  It is the best free app since Songify and has something in common.  Action Movie FX put you right in the middle of your own a special effects action movie.  Every wanted to join the likes of Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger in your own action scene? Well in a matter of 5 seconds you can have an automobile tumble towards you, have you home crushed by a meteorite or blow up your boss’s car.  Best of all its free.  However, you can buy other in app special effects such as a tornado, machine gun fire fight, jet plane crashing or side swiping a police car.  Sound effects are included. Action Movie Fx puts a little movie magic in your hands via your iPhone.  You simply chose your action scene video, film your subject and process the video.  It all happens in a matter of seconds through the magic of your iPhone.  You have never laughed so hard as when you blow up your boss or co-worker’s car or better yet see their reaction.  You can share your action clip with friends via email or Facebook as well.  Below is a slide show of out-takes from the FxVideo of what happens at our office if you leave too early…

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Using a New Blue Tooth Keyboard

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The New Trent Bluetooth keyboard is smartly designed. It allows for typing on your iPad via a Bluetooth connection. The case is smartly designed and the charging cable is stored on board in a “secret compartment”. The keyboard charged fully in about an hour after being hooked up to my desktop computer at work.

The case is well designed and allows easy access to all buttons and does not obstruct the front facing camera lens. The case includes a silicone cover for the keyboard which is translucent and allows typing even with the cover in place. The case is so well integrated with the iPad 2 that it makes it appear as if it’s a notebook as opposed to an iPad. The keyboard when closed securely clicks shut and automatically turns off your iPad 2. I highly recommend the New Trend Bluetooth keyboard for use by anyone. on the go who does heavy typing on their iPad 2. The cost for me through Amazon Marketplace was approximately $50 including shipping. Quite a bargain, if I do say so myself.

iPad 2: I’m moving on up.

I was looking for a program that could emulate the structure of my file system I use for jury trials. I looked at several programs that were touted as the answer for use on my new iPad 2 I received for my birthday. I looked at all the Apple App World had to offer to no avail. I download one such program and found it to be slow and cumbersome to navigate through. I needed something with multiple tabs that could take advantage of the iPad touch-screen to navigate quickly to pull up needed information. This has always been one of the limitations of a laptop… its hard to navigate and pull up information as fast as you can with a well organized physical file. After giving up hope, I came across such app called simply “Outline” for the iPad. It will import notebooks from from the Microsoft program One-Note for ready use on the iPad. It works quite well and best of all it’s free. The materials are all organized just like my files and you can link documents such as depositions, medical journals and pleadings are linked for full review.

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