Locations Database on iPad

See the previous posting about our Locations Database on the iPhone and iPodTouch and you see how convenient having all of your locations in your pocket is on production.

We’ve take this great idea and redesigned it for the larger screen of the iPad.

The pictures are bigger and the information is much easier to access on the iPad’s screen.

Locations Database on the iPhone & iPod Touch

We’ve had requests from the majority of the users of the desktop version of our location database program to put it on the iPhone or iPodTouch so they have all their location data in their pocket.

So, we explored a couple of different way to accomplish this and you can see what we came up with here.

We decided to have one scrollable screen per location (there are 3 images here of it) so all the information is displayed and you just swipe your finger up and down to find what you need – and if you touch on the image it goes to a larger image on it’s own screen where you can zoom in.

Search by any field and have one image for reference with all the data.  We decided to only use one image per location in the iPhone/iPadTouch version to save space on the device.

Mileage Log for iPhone

After developing the PPP Petty Cash App we saw we could use the iPhone to keep track of all the trips and mileage on a production.  So, like the PPP Petty Cash App, you enter your Job information and then go to the Trips section to enter the information about each trip. You enter the date, where you went, what the purpose of the trip was for, the beginning mileage, and the ending mileage – the App figures out how many miles.  Then after syncing with your computer, you print out your mileage log and it has calculated the number of miles for each trip and what the total bill is for those miles.  It is easy to submit this log for reimbursment.

PPP PC – Petty Cash Log for iPhone

We decided that there must be a better way to keep track of all the tips and petty cash spent on a production.  We tip the cab driver, we tip the Skycap at the airport, we tip the Valet at the hotel, we tip the Bellman at the hotel – and we always have our phone so that seemed to be the best tool for the job.  We created this App where you enter the job information and then go to the receipts page to enter your petty cash items.  You can swipe your finger up and down to see the petty cash items that have already been entered for that job.  There is a desktop companion program that the App sync’s with so you can print the petty cash log at the end of the job from your computer. (we are waiting for Apple to support more printers so you will be able to print directly from the phone in the future).

This App has been working for us for a few months and we will submit it to the App Store in the new year.

Jamaica Mon

What a ride. Droga5 called again to bring us on to produce a PUMA shoot in Jamaica. For years we have had close ties to some great support in that country and would not think of going Island with Maxine at our side.

This project involved the artist Tristan Eaton, and if you know this guy then you know you better have your balls on and get it right, we totally cranked out some amazing art and in the process had tons of laughs and little sleep.

Jeremy and Claire Weiss shot this project and they could not have been easier to work with. And talk about tough! Claire was days from having her knee blown out from the previous job. Ya right, we know you were dancing the night away with Jeremy and fell into the bushes. You guys ROCK!

The main character for the hero images was the worlds fasted man, Usain Bolt. We spent a day with him and he could not of been more professional and accommodating.


Travelers Insurance Shoot in Miami and Naples, FL

The Miami and Dade County Film Office really has their act together when it comes to permits for shooting.  The process can all be accomplished easily on-line and you can follow the approval process and pay with a credit card.

The thing I really liked was the blanket permit for the county that allowed us to go around and shoot backgrounds without a lot of red tape.

We also shot on the beach in Naples and the Film Office there went out of their way to process the permits for the city and parks quickly.

I really enjoyed the drive across the everglades and stopped into Clyde Butcher’s “Big Cypress Gallery” to check out his big Black & White prints.

CineSliders and Spider Dollies

Moving ahead with assembling great teams to add to our productions and learning the ups and downs, we are investing in the tools to be able provide that video element for the internet and multimedia at a low cost on our print shoots.

Independent Contractor App

So many times on a production we’ve encountered someone that forgets or doesn’t have an invoice for us.  Many times we have to try and track those people down to get their invoice so we can complete the bill for the project.

Our first solution was to carry blank paper invoices with us on production so we can get things resolved quickly, but now we can have the independent contractors enter their information on our production iPad and complete their invoice right there on location.  They enter their information, put in the items that they are charging for (the iPad does the math), and then the App can email a copy of the invoice right to themselves while on location so they have a record.

We can also email a copy of the invoice to ourselves, or sync the App to our desktop and print out the copy when we are in the office.



Back at it with Saatchi and some great Cats and Dogs for another round. Thanks Marcie!

HSBC Casting for London Shoot

HSBC Casting for London Shoot.

Talent is just one of our specialties, but for real hard to find people we reach out to REDPENNY , www.red-penny.com, to solve any of the tricky talent finds. This was no exception, RP took to the streets with their mandarin crew to seek out real authentic talent.

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