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Dec 23, 2011, 01:03 PM
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JJ Abrams has been involved in the creation of some of the most successful movies and TV shows of recent years, including directing the reboot of Star Trek, co-creating the television show Lost, and producing the just-released Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

His company, Bad Robot Productions, typically focuses on his motion picture properties -- however, the company has now branched out into iOS apps with Action Movie FX (http://www.actionmoviefx.com/).

The free app allows users to insert incredibly realistic special effects into videos shot within the app. Action Movie FX includes two free effects, Missile Attack! and Car Smash. Four more effects -- Chopper Down and Tornado, Air Strike and Firefight -- are available in two-packs via in-app purchase. Each set is $0.99, with more effects promised.

Business Insider's Ellis Hamburger filmed this clip (http://www.businessinsider.com/action-movie-fx-app-2011-12) inside BI's New York City headquarters, noting that the creation of the movie took "two minutes, tops."


Action Movie FX (http://appshopper.com/entertainment/action-movie-fx) is available for free on the App Store, with two effects packs available via in-app purchase for $0.99 each. [Direct Link (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/action-movie-fx/id489321253?mt=8)]

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FakeWozniak
Dec 23, 2011, 01:14 PM
Awesome, if only they could do the black smoke monster from Lost.

Dagless
Dec 23, 2011, 01:23 PM
That's actually a pretty good idea for an app! Might have to get this (well, the additional content packs).

jlgolson
Dec 23, 2011, 01:28 PM
That's actually a pretty good idea for an app! Might have to get this (well, the additional content packs).Airstrike and Chopper Down are really cool, Tornado is OK and Fire Fight is lame.

andylyon
Dec 23, 2011, 01:28 PM
If that first clip with the car was done all on the iPhone thats incredible, i'll be grabbing this app!

D.T.
Dec 23, 2011, 01:31 PM
Hahaha, outstanding! I just destroyed the wife with a missile, and she pulled out all the stops with a dramatic reaction! :D

It's cool, you select the effect, then it fires up the camera, you shoot whatever amount of video, then add the FX on a timeline (so you can have plenty of lead in). It even gives you a target overlay while you're recording. Then it does a final post process and you've got your video.

It does require you to allow access to the app if you're going to share on FB, etc. (it's not in the normal camera roll), though I'm going to root around and see if I can find the actual video file in the filesystem.

r.j.s
Dec 23, 2011, 01:31 PM
I got this one while it is free ... sure, it will get old quick, but dropping a car on stuff or blowing it up will be entertaining to my kids.

jlgolson
Dec 23, 2011, 01:35 PM
It does require you to allow access to the app if you're going to share on FB, etc. (it's not in the normal camera roll), though I'm going to root around and see if I can find the actual video file in the filesystem.If you click "Share" from within the app, you can send it to the camera roll.

I also noticed that if you email it to yourself from within the app, rather than exporting to camera roll and THEN emailing it, it exports a larger video size.

If people want to see videos of the other effects, I can throw those up on YouTube too, though they don't work as well inside the house.

D.T.
Dec 23, 2011, 01:39 PM
If you click "Share" from within the app, you can send it to the camera roll.


Awesome thanks. We were laughing and playing around so much, I totally glossed over that option! Plus the Sailor Jerry is flowing early on Christmas-Christmas-Eve :D

mrtune
Dec 23, 2011, 01:44 PM
Just shot a missile at my mother-in-law. This app is great! LOL

MacDawg
Dec 23, 2011, 01:48 PM
Pretty cool effects and works nice
Thanks for the heads up

kirky29
Dec 23, 2011, 01:56 PM
I was thinking the other day about Lost, there hasn't been a TV show since Lost that I was so hooked on and excited about watching...shame. (:

applesith
Dec 23, 2011, 01:57 PM
This looks cool and it's free! Downloading now!

lazyrighteye
Dec 23, 2011, 02:24 PM
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If people want to see videos of the other effects, I can throw those up on YouTube too, though they don't work as well inside the house.

Yes please. Thanks.

SockRolid
Dec 23, 2011, 02:36 PM
That's crazy funny. I imagine that many in-laws will be extremely shocked by some of their relatives' holiday videos...

Kid A
Dec 23, 2011, 02:37 PM
Now if only I could meet JJ Abrams, I could use this app to destroy him the way he destroyed Star Trek.

black743
Dec 23, 2011, 02:42 PM
Love the app but I can't get it to publish to facebook. I click share and publish and send it off but it never appears on facebook at all. The first time I think I hit "not allow" but now I can't figure out how to allow it instead.

marksman
Dec 23, 2011, 02:59 PM
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Now if only I could meet JJ Abrams, I could use this app to destroy him the way he destroyed Star Trek.

He made the only good star trek movie/show ever. Too bad that is the extent of his good works... Well that and this app.

rickdollar
Dec 23, 2011, 03:00 PM
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The dog is now dead and the house is destroyed.

c-Row
Dec 23, 2011, 03:07 PM
But does it have lens-flares as well?

Morky
Dec 23, 2011, 03:45 PM
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You can save your films to the photo app.

ShaolinMiddleFinger
Dec 23, 2011, 03:52 PM
Love the app but it crashes my iPhone 4S when I try to download the extra effects.

On my iPad 2, no problem... =/

3bs
Dec 23, 2011, 04:19 PM
Loving this app!

f00f
Dec 23, 2011, 04:52 PM
Fun little app, worth the buck (or two) for the extra FX!

RoboCop001
Dec 23, 2011, 04:55 PM
Now if only I could meet JJ Abrams, I could use this app to destroy him the way he destroyed Star Trek.

Star Trek was dead ever since Voyager. Maybe even since the last season or two of TNG. Though the last season of Enterprise was actually pretty good. Except for the final episode which was a joke.

I really enjoyed the new film though.

Better than Insurrection and Nemesis combined and multiplied exponentially 10 thousand times!

This app is awesome! lol

TimTheEnchanter
Dec 23, 2011, 05:07 PM
That is just too much fun in one app! Showed it to my coworkers and within minutes all you could hear around all of the offices was the theme music. I'm heading to my brothers house, which he's out of town... think I'll missile attack it and send it to him.

DeathChill
Dec 23, 2011, 05:20 PM
I was thinking the other day about Lost, there hasn't been a TV show since Lost that I was so hooked on and excited about watching...shame. (:

You are obviously crazy then! Breaking Bad is the best show on TV and each season gets better, rather than worse. Sons Of Anarchy is also a fun show to watch. As for comedy, Californication is very good and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is amazing.

As for shows no longer on TV: The Shield and The Wire.

TiBook550
Dec 23, 2011, 05:22 PM
But does it have lens-flares as well?

That'll be in the upcoming Michael Bay app.;)

4God
Dec 23, 2011, 05:33 PM
Fantastic! Now I just need a Guy Ritchie app for those Sherlock Holmes 2 scenes (running through the forest). :D

TheMadCow
Dec 23, 2011, 08:45 PM
Now if only I could meet JJ Abrams, I could use this app to destroy him the way he destroyed Star Trek.

Gee. That comment pretty much guarantees you'll never get close to him now. Subtle there, chucky.

DocNYz
Dec 23, 2011, 09:26 PM
the motion matching to the camera shake is great, this is such an over the top app i love it. def will need a lot more effects to keep interest more than a day though ...

Adding to TV shows (in agreement about Breaking Bad), Boardwalk Empire is phenomenal and other classics that are on netflix or HBO GO in HD are Arrested Development (the best) and Deadwood (just to name a couple) ...

meeksdigital
Dec 23, 2011, 09:38 PM
Hahaha, outstanding! I just destroyed the wife with a missile, and she pulled out all the stops with a dramatic reaction! :D

It's cool, you select the effect, then it fires up the camera, you shoot whatever amount of video, then add the FX on a timeline (so you can have plenty of lead in). It even gives you a target overlay while you're recording. Then it does a final post process and you've got your video.

It does require you to allow access to the app if you're going to share on FB, etc. (it's not in the normal camera roll), though I'm going to root around and see if I can find the actual video file in the filesystem.

You can save the video to your camera roll right from the app...

Mac2Crack
Dec 23, 2011, 10:01 PM
Super app.

MaximusT
Dec 24, 2011, 03:12 AM
I sat down with my 5 year old son to see if we could make a short film,
2 1/2 hours later we had this made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coCrmtqACTs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coCrmtqACTs
Bad acting and script aside,
this is great for quick afternoon fun.

timtempest
Dec 24, 2011, 03:26 AM
Just too much fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4JjD04HblE

marksman
Dec 24, 2011, 03:36 AM
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I sat down with my 5 year old son to see if we could make a short film,
2 1/2 hours later we had this made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coCrmtqACTs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coCrmtqACTs
Bad acting and script aside,
this is great for quick afternoon fun.

Haha thumbs up

RobertMartens
Dec 24, 2011, 05:00 AM
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iMovie watch out!

JCastro
Dec 24, 2011, 09:17 AM
I downloaded this and showed it to my kids. They played with it non-stop for the next 4+ hours. It is really fun! Everything has been destroyed several times over.

jayducharme
Dec 24, 2011, 10:58 AM
Here's my contribution:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5g0n9oVWu8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I noticed that the app doesn't process the clip in HD; there's a lot of degradation. But even so, it's pretty impressive. I got the tornado effect, and that one seems to be a bit harder to get right. The car and helicopter look convincing almost every time.

mgipe
Dec 24, 2011, 12:32 PM
I sat down with my 5 year old son to see if we could make a short film,
2 1/2 hours later we had this made:

YouTube: video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coCrmtqACTs)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coCrmtqACTs
Bad acting and script aside,
this is great for quick afternoon fun.

Fantastic!

iBlue
Dec 24, 2011, 12:42 PM
After I downloaded this app I took The Red Pill...

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pullfocus
Dec 24, 2011, 02:18 PM
What does it say about us dudes that every guy friend I've shown it to says the first thing they'll blow up is their girlfriend/wife?
:cool:

TonyC28
Dec 24, 2011, 04:19 PM
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Awesome app. And there's a Lost reference in it which makes it even better.

Kid A
Dec 24, 2011, 06:48 PM
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He made the only good star trek movie/show ever. Too bad that is the extent of his good works... Well that and this app.

What he made had nothing whatsoever to do with star trek, except for the title and names of characters.

tgfilms
Dec 24, 2011, 10:54 PM
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I put it to use with my little nephews and it's killer. Here's the demo... Merry Christmas!
Car Drop Christmas:
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150635662342542
Missile Christmas:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGgTJOYHk_k&feature=youtube_gdata_player

adityashah1989
Dec 25, 2011, 10:33 AM
What an incredible app! Absolutely love it!

Here's my contribution:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150543477660917

blizaine
Dec 25, 2011, 11:04 AM
ha, so fun!
I did this yesterday w/ my kids.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOfDGzUdvuU

MacAddict1978
Dec 25, 2011, 02:44 PM
Now if only I could meet JJ Abrams, I could use this app to destroy him the way he destroyed Star Trek.

I thought it was brilliant, and the device used allowed for a reboot without bastardizing everything done before. For that he deserves a medal. Most reboots destroy franchises... his device actually fits well with the star trek universe.

Can't wait for the second one!

Now, if you want to blow up JJ Abrams, do so for that finale and last season of Lost... that was a crime against humanity.

citrate
Dec 25, 2011, 04:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP0wCYrD7CM&context=C37cc874ADOEgsToPDskJ7pP-I0IWIlgmNqQniKXTy

severe
Dec 25, 2011, 07:29 PM
I sat down with my 5 year old son to see if we could make a short film,
2 1/2 hours later we had this made..


Awesome.

100LL
Dec 25, 2011, 07:55 PM
Here a couple of videos from my end of the world:

Airstrike on Rusty Old Truck
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c09Pg8fRonk

Helicopter Crash on Tsing Yi Promenade in Hong Kong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE7Yn8aIMqw

Twister in Hong Kong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCd0n-3r-Zg

Duckit
Dec 25, 2011, 09:46 PM
This app is awesome!

pukifloyd
Dec 26, 2011, 04:18 AM
great idea! but every time I try to add the effect after recording the video, the app just crashes :(

oliversl
Dec 27, 2011, 10:07 AM
Works great in iPhone4, crashes on iPod Touch 4G :(
Really well done!

blue22
Dec 27, 2011, 02:41 PM
Action Movie FX is great fun!!!

However, has anyone else noticed this minor-problem with it: when I previewed the app without purchasing any of the 2 special effects packages, it would allow me to load in a movie already recorded with my iPhone (and stored in the library/camera roll) with a button on the lower right of the screen in the blue navigation bar area. But AFTER I bought a special effects package (specifically Air Strike and Firefight) it no longer allowed me to select any of my pre-made iPhone movies, and instead I can now only apply the FX to movies I make on the spot with the app. What happened?! And has anyone else encountered this issue???

yoak
Dec 28, 2011, 04:06 AM
I just blew up my parents house and emailed my father the video while he was out skiing.
This app was a great hit at a xmas party last night as well.

MordechaiCarver
Dec 28, 2011, 11:13 AM
Looks like Andrew Kramer and the rest of the Video Copilot team helped make this app...similar to AK's Demon Cam app. Also notice in the Car Smash scene select, Sam and Tino's names...they work for Video Copilot. The lens flares come from VC's Optical Flares software.

AK did the opening title and some effects (including the lens flares) for JJ's Star Trek.

Nice app overall...

benthewraith
Dec 28, 2011, 01:28 PM
Star Trek was dead ever since Voyager. Maybe even since the last season or two of TNG. Though the last season of Enterprise was actually pretty good. Except for the final episode which was a joke.

I really enjoyed the new film though.

Better than Insurrection and Nemesis combined and multiplied exponentially 10 thousand times!

This app is awesome! lol

Voyager was terrible because of Janeway and they completely wasted 7's potential.

I disagree about Star Trek being dead at TNG. The Dominion War portrayed in DS9 was pretty awesome.

flottenheimer
Dec 28, 2011, 04:36 PM
Loving it. And so are my kids.
We're blowing up all kinds of stuff.

The Diana
Dec 28, 2011, 06:45 PM
Sot this with an iPhone 4s and then used the app for the finale'


http://vimeo.com/34229888

felixen
Dec 28, 2011, 06:49 PM
From a developer's point of view, how much work has been required for this app? Is it very difficult and advanced or do you think it was rather simple to create?? The presentation in this app is awesome but that's a separate thing

t0rr3s
Dec 28, 2011, 11:32 PM
This is outrageously fun! :D

needfx
Dec 30, 2011, 04:12 AM
guess I won't be needing anymore after effects, flint, inferno, nuke etc etc for my post production needs

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Looks like Andrew Kramer and the rest of the Video Copilot team helped make this app...similar to AK's Demon Cam app. Also notice in the Car Smash scene select, Sam and Tino's names...they work for Video Copilot. The lens flares come from VC's Optical Flares software.

AK did the opening title and some effects (including the lens flares) for JJ's Star Trek.

Nice app overall...

Well spotted!!

RoboCop001
Jan 6, 2012, 03:59 PM
Voyager was terrible because of Janeway and they completely wasted 7's potential.

I disagree about Star Trek being dead at TNG. The Dominion War portrayed in DS9 was pretty awesome.

You're right, I forgot about the Dominion War. DS9 is the least viewed series for me, but I'm going to start watching it from beginning to end this year. I have never seen it properly in sequence.

But yeah DS9 had the best battles, and a great story arc in the war.

Sardonick007
Jan 7, 2012, 08:17 AM
I love this app, the realism is awesome and the effects are terrific. The only I wish was that they lasted longer. I can't wait for more updates. It's a damn fun app with a quality look to it.

Dangerzone
Jan 16, 2012, 11:17 PM
There's an update on the app.
A free FX called "Demolition Rock!"

Also I saw 2 new packs.
Power Failure and The Jet.
Side Swiped! and Crowd Control.

jeremyshaw
Jan 17, 2012, 02:07 AM
Voyager was terrible because of Janeway and they completely wasted 7's potential.

I disagree about Star Trek being dead at TNG. The Dominion War portrayed in DS9 was pretty awesome.

I agree. Voyager was the first... and ONLY ST series where I actually didn't like some of the charactors. It was impossible for me to dislike any charactor in TNG, and borderline in DS9. TOS, I don't know. ENT, well... it's ENT. Not very likeable, but still... nothing as bad as Voyager, IMO.