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Friday, May 20, 2011

Vintage Super 8 app is the reel thing

For the longest time technological leaps on Earth were spinoffs from NASA intelligence. Today's satellites, artificial hearts and polished brass faucets, to name a few, are gadgets created through information gleaned by space exploration. Since Facebook and Twitter were launched, new technology seems to come faster than a speeding bullet.
The newest is the Vintage Super 8, a full-featured video recorder that emulates a vintage Super 8 camera for users of Apple mobile devices. 




This new app was created by the wizards and innovative digital alchemists at QMx Interactive and Bad Robot Interactive, a division of Bad Robot Productions, just in time for the release of Paramount Picture's new movie, "Super 8."
What this nifty little App-gadget does is allow users to create old-time movies on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. "Super 8" comes with seven photorealistic lenses featuring special effects such as infrared, chromatic and X-ray. Users can overlay additional filters effects such as light leaks and vignettes or even age the film with a random scratch-and-dirt filter. Those things that made your grandfather cuss are now options created for nostalgia sake. Even the way grandpa used to shake when he was shooting is a frame-shake option designed to give it that old-school feel of a Super 8 home movie.
Filmmakers can collect their shots, do their editing, and send the masterpiece off to be developed without lifting a finger or a dollar out of one's wallet. It's all done within the app. Once the movie is completed, users are transported to the Super 8 projector room where pulling down the screen and pressing “play” on the projector gets things rolling. Movies can be shared via email or through social media sites via the iOS's gallery.
Is that not incredible?
The best part is this new app is free at iTunes App Store
"I thought this was gonna be some dinky app to promote the new movie but it's actually a great app," wrote one user on the iTunes page. "Easy to use features with amazing vintage effects!!"
However, this is a limited time offer, no doubt during the run of "Super 8."

Directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script and produced by Stephen Spielberg, Abrams and Bryan Burk, it's the story of a group of friends in a small Ohio town who witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth, which is more horrible than anything the youngsters could have imagined.
The film starring Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Garbriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills is due in theaters June 10.
If you need ideas for your own movie, I'm sure -- before you can say cool gadget -- someone will have posted a Super 8 iPhone example at Super 8

NOTE: Playing back your movies on the Super 8™ projector may reveal missing frames from the Super 8 Editing Room Film. Be the first to collect all the frames to unlock a new clip at S8editingroom.com Super 8 editing room


DAYTRIPPING
Check out some of the other fun things going on around the Detroit area:

CD Release party
Michigan’s own Bear Lake will celebrate the release of the band’s newest CD, “If You Were Me,” May 21, at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. The party (for ages 18-up) will include a performance by the group including Matt Hines (vocals), Eric Pederson (keys, percussion), Steve Stetson (drums), Jon Rice (lead guitar and vocals), Brian Kwasnik (keyboard and vox) and Keith May (bass and vox). Doors open at 8 p.m. The Magic Bag is located at 22920 Woodward Ave., Detroit. For tickets and information, visit The Magic Bag or Bear Lake

Awards dinner
New Baltimore Annual Award Dinner for citizen and business of the year,
6 p.m. May 26, at Cedar Glen Golf Course, 36860 25 Mile Road. Tickets, $20, include appetizers, dinner and cash bar. Call (586) 725-2151.

Bowling for Backpacks
Bowling for Backpacks, benefit for the non-profit organization Blessings in a Backpack, 2-5 p.m. May 22 at Classic Lanes, 2145 Avon Industrial Drive, Rochester. Registration starts 1:30 p.m. Advance registration $20, $25 day of event if lanes available; admission includes three hours of bowling, shoe rental, music and refreshments. For tickets: (248) 318-6334 or blessingsinabackpackmi.org/events.

Perennial exchange
Perennial exchange, 9 a.m.-noon, May 21, in Ray Township parking lot, 64255 Wolcott Road. Free; refreshments provided by Recreation Department. Exchanges only, no sales. Call (586) 749-5171.

Poker Run
Amvets Post 29 conducting poker run, registration 9:30-10:30 a.m. May 21, at the sponsoring J.O. Galloup Co., 1987 Concept Drive, Warren. Last bike in by 3 p.m. at Amvets Post 29 in Mount Clemens. Fee $20 per rider, $10 passenger. Call (586) 755-3110.

Taste Fest
St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital 10th Annual Taste Fest, 4:30-8 p.m. May 25, at American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, corner of 14 Mile and Hoover roads. Fest includes food tastings from more than 25 restaurants, free health screenings, silent auction and raffle. Admission $25, or $20 ages 55 and older and 5-12 years; free younger than 5. Proceeds support hospital equipment purchases. Call (313) 343-7582.

Senior Players
Heart of the Hills Senior Players present "Brigadoon," 7 p.m. May 21, at Warren Community Center Theatre, 5460 Arden, Warren. Tickets $14 advance, $16 at the door. Call (586) 268-8400.

'Rally for Jackson'
Scavenger hunt and pizza party benefit for a 4-year-old with a rare malignant brain tumor, noon May 28 at Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township; $15 per person plus $5 fee to enter park, free for younger than 5 years. For information, Jacksonscorner@yahoo.com.

Baby animals
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm traditional "Spring on the Farm" program, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21 at the museum, 1005 Van Hoosen Road. Admission $7 per person ages 2 and older, includes Barnyard Express Farm shows at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m., beekeeping demonstrations, tours, fishing, craft demonstrations, animals. For information, (248) 656-4663 or Rochester Hills

Chamber music
Morgenstern Trio performs in season finale of Chamber Music Society of Detroit, 8 p.m. May 21 at Seligman Performing Arts Center on Detroit Country Day School campus, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills. For tickets, (248) 855-6070 or Chamber Music Society

Avon Players
Avon Players present "Into the Woods," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 29 and June 3-4, at the playhouse, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester. For tickets, (248) 608-9077.

Bootleg boat tour
Preservation Wayne and Detroit Historical Society presenting bootlegging-theme boat tour along the Detroit River, 5:30-8 p.m. May 21. Tickets, $55 member, $60 non-members, include dinner and guided tour. For reservations, (313) 577-7674.


Benefit dinners
*Spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Conductive Education Center of Metro Detroit, 12:30-5 p.m. May 22, at Mount Clemens Community Center, 300 N. Groesbeck. Admission at the door, $7 ages 12 and older, $5 seniors, $3 ages 4 to 11.
*Spaghetti dinner serving 5-8 p.m. May 21 with music 8-midnight, at St. Clair Shores Eagles Club No. 3619, at 23631 Greater Mack. Admission $10, music only $5; proceeds go toward surgery for Terry Rahn.


Farmers Market
Mount Clemens Farmers Market open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 19, at 141 North River Road. Locally grown products, including flowers. Visit Mount Clemens Farmers Market
'Almost Maine'
Michigan Actors Studio presents "Almost Maine," 2 and 8 p.m. May 21, at the Studio, 648 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $15. Call (877) 636-3320.

Garage sale
Tree of Hope Foundation (for postpartum research and education) benefit garage sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 22, at 20861 10 Mile Road, between Harper and Little Mack, St. Clair Shores.

'Music Man'
Lutheran High School Northwest Drama Troupe presents "The Music Man," 2 and 7 p.m. May 21 at the school, 1000 Bagley Ave., Rochester Hills. For tickets, $8 and $10, half price for children 5 and younger, call (248) 852-6677.

Anasazi Myster by Paula Wild
Palette Club
Lakeside Palette Club meeting 64th Annual Spring Exhibit, through May 22 at Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Reception and awards 1-3 p.m. May 22. Visit Lakeside Palette Club

Go Comedy!
"Ferndale 2-4-8" production at Go Comedy, 261 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through May 26. Tickets $10 Thursdays, $15 Fridays. Call (248) 327-0575 or visit www.gocomedy.net.

Dinner theater
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," through May 22, at Andiamo Novi Theatre, 42705 Grand River. Dinner packages available. Call (248) 348-4448 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Volunteers needed
* Macomb Literary Partners needs volunteers to help adults become better readers; applicants trained to tutor an adult 2 hours per week, with training sessions held on weekends or evenings. Call (586) 286-2750.
* Detroit Historical Guild seeking volunteers interested in participating in historical activities, including flea markets at Historic Fort Wayne, tea parties, excursions to historic sites, etc. Call (586) 777-5898.

* Features editor Debbie Komar contributed to this listing.

TODAY'S MUSE
You can't start worrying about what's going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what's happening now -- Lauren Bacall


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