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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Need to Read: Illegal Downloads, ‘Couch Potato’ App and More

5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Need to Read: Illegal Downloads, 'Couch Potato' App and More

1. iPhone: If you’re like us, you’re sick of all of the hype about the new, colorful iPhones. But there’s one thing about the new iPhone5s that will interest filmmakers quite a bit: The phone’s camera will allow you to record 120fps in 720p, according to NoFilmSchool.com, “putting it squarely in GoPro territory.”

2. Couch Potato App: Don’t you hate it when you get to engrossed in Facebook or checking e-mail that you forget to watch your favorite show? A new smart TV application in development would remind fans that their favorite show is on, according to Variety. Sounds interesting and potentially annoying.

3. Man from Earth: Can illegal downloads help a movie? We recently wrote about a controversial study which suggested that stopping illegal downloads only helps box office for some movies. In the case of “Man From Earth,” which became a BitTorrent blockbuster online, the piracy helped the film gain a following — and legal sales, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The filmmakers are hoping that their fan base will support their next effort, a sequel to “Man From Earth” via Kickstarter.

4. The Little Mermaid: While many parents are wondering if their young children are becoming overly reliant on iPads and other hand-held devices, Disney is encouraging moviegoers to bring iPads to the Sept. 20 theatrical re-release of the movie, according to Variety. The idea is for kids to use Disney’s “Second Screen Live” app to interact with the 1989 film. Aren’t we trying to curb the ADHD epidemic?

5. Burning Man: This year’s Burning Man was documented by an exciting new
technology — the lightweight remote-controlled quadcopter with a GoPro3
attached. The video is a great example of what this kind of technology can do for not so much money.

Send tech stories for filmmakers (and film fans) to paula@indiewire.com.

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