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The upcoming February 25 episode of ABC's multiple Emmy-winning sitcom "Modern Family" will take place solely on a MacBook screen (via The Verge). The episode, being shot by director and series co-creator Steve Levitan, used an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 to shoot every scene.

The episode's story focuses on Claire Dunphy's (Julie Bowen) attempt to reach her daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) by contacting various other members of the Dunphy/Pritchett clan via multiple forms of MacBook apps, all while stuck in an airport.

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The show will not only use various chat apps like Apple's own FaceTime and Messages, but include references to everything from Reminders to the now-obsolete iPhoto. Levitan mentioned that the idea for the episode came from his own experience communicating with his kids in college through the vast array of chat software available today.
"I have two daughters at college, and we do a lot of FaceTiming," he said at a recent press event in Los Angeles. He was working one day with a number of emails and websites open on his machine, when a video chat from his daughter popped up. On the screen he saw his work, his daughter, himself, and his wife doing something behind him all at the same time. "And I realized on that screen you could tell so much about my life. So the original idea was from there."
The show has been a proponent of Apple-related gadgets in the past, with an early-series episode mostly dedicated to Claire's attempt to get Phil the original iPad. Apple was even reported to lend the show a slew of iPhones, iPads, and MacBook Pros for shooting the video chats and for allowing the show's editors to conduct post-production work once the shoot was done.

The episode has been so long in production - with motion graphics artist John Brown at the head - the team had been working on it since OS X Yosemite itself was in beta. "It was frustrating to be like, 'Act one, totally locked,' and then come in Monday and hear the FaceTime notification has changed," Brown said.

Besides a few slight liberties to the Apple OS X platform, including giving FaceTime the ability to handle multiple calls at once and a few aesthetic alterations to Yosemite's transparency options, The Verge reports the environment created by the episode "felt all too familiar."

The episode, entitled "Connection Lost" airs Wednesday, February 25 on ABC.

Article Link: Upcoming 'Modern Family' Episode Shot Entirely on iPhone and iPad Cameras
 

DeftwillP

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I'm sure they'll work in a scene that appears upside down for no reason just like facetime with my mom on her iphone 6 plus.
 
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diipii

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They have finally found a production medium that matches this pap.
 
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ButteryScrollin

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From The Verge:

"DOES ANYBODY REALLY USE THE REMINDERS APP?"

I do, I know a lot of other people do.
 
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MattZani

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This will be interesting, but I have to say I'm not particularly looking forward to this.
 
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HiVolt

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Man, Al Bundy is old!!! :)

BTW, I tried to watch this show. I just can't to me Ed O'Neill is always Al Bundy and watching him in another role just doesn't fit.
 
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tairamo

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well well

I love Modern Family and all but let's face it..most of TV productions who claim to use 'video chat apps' especially OSX ones are 100% faking it..anyone who has ever been at LAX or any major airport with their laptops would know that..leaving network speeds aside (which is obvious first no go) transcoding is pretty bad on Facetime to be even considered to be broadcasted or sold as HD quality..also summing up into obvious - most users even the ones in love with Apple are using Skype or other apps to communicate..Facetime being overly clunky starting from basic things like userflow and not being able to communicate crossplatform (those Android or PC users). But Modern Family in general is good TV and they probably got good $$$ for the whole episode ad sold to Apple so well done on that
 
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Daalseth

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"does anybody really use game center?"

Well I found a game that wouldn't run unless I had Game Centre set up. I created an account called "I Don't Use GD Game Centre" so it would run, but I never post anything to it or check anything on it, or I guess ever open it.

Does that count?
 
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samcraig

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Before reading the article, I thought it was just going to be gimmicky in that they were promoting the fact they shot it all on apple gear. However, it's clear that the fact that it's "shot" is secondary to the actual plot device. Interested in this episode as a big fan of the show.
 
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MonkeySee....

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It's like Steve Jobs and God got together to say, "we love you, Phil."

I chuffing love this programme.
 
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boston04and07

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I hope FaceTime does get the ability to handle multiple calls at once someday - and group chats!
 
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Jsameds

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Well I found a game that wouldn't run unless I had Game Centre set up. I created an account called "I Don't Use GD Game Centre" so it would run, but I never post anything to it or check anything on it, or I guess ever open it.

Does that count?

Haha I did the same but just with a junk username like 'jfnakuhgfsl' or something :p
 
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george-brooks

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I hate the strange narrative structures Modern Family has been using this season. I think this will be pretty stupid. Although its fascinating how overt product placement is becoming in this day and age. And I think consumers have become so accustomed to it that they have gone numb.
 
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