J.J. Abrams: “I would have thought you were insane”

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Our new ebook about the Next Video Revolution is almost ready for release, and it includes a quote by J.J. Abrams made in a video during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2015 Keynote. But we thought we’d share the quote with you sooner, as it was made this week.

Who doesn’t know that J.J. Abrams, writer and producer, has had THE hot hand in TV and film, with credits including LOST, the STAR TREK film franchise reboot, the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film franchise reboot, FRINGE, REVOLUTION, and STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – and that’s not even all of it?

He offers a pretty succinct statement of what makes the iPhone such a game changer and (in a nod to a recent comment by a planet5D reader,  by implication smartphones generally):

“If you had told me when I was a kid that you’d be able to write an idea and film that idea and then distribute that to the world on a device you could put in your pocket, I would never have stopped laughing and I would have thought you were insane. The App Store gives everyone access to incredibly powerful tools. And there’s an incredible generation of film makers and storytellers to come.”

My only additional comment would be: it's even more than  filmmakers and storytellers – those smartphones are changing society by empowering “civilian journalists.”

Just look at what has happened this past week in South Carolina and Texas after passersby caught events on their smartphones.

Apple announces WWDC ‘Lunchtime Sessions' with J.J. Abrams, LeVar Burton and William Joyce

From left: LeVar Burton, J.J. Abrams and William Joyce. | Source: Apple

From left: LeVar Burton, J.J. Abrams and William Joyce. | Source: Apple

Via AppleInsider:

>Apple on Friday announced that three “Lunchtime Sessions” at WWDC will feature talks by Hollywood heavyweights J.J. Abrams, LeVar Burton and William Joyce.

Science fiction filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Lost, Super 8) will speak about his love of mixing analog tools with modern moviemaking technology and “how he wrestles with what he sees as both the freedoms and challenges presented by today’s prosumer gadgetry.” Abrams' will wrap the week up on Friday, speaking at 12:45 p.m.

Read full article on AppleInsider “Apple announces WWDC ‘Lunchtime Sessions' with J.J. Abrams, LeVar Burton and William Joyce”

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(cover photo credit: snap from AppleInsider)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
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