Get App-y: Movie-related apps get creative

Get App-y: Film promoters get creative with movie mobile applications.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: April 17, 2012
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photo - This screen shot from the newly released iPad app
This screen shot from the newly released iPad app "Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days" depicts a photo from the filming of the 1975 movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

If you've ever wanted to stay connected to a favorite movie, even years after seeing it, take heart. Movie studios and mobile applications are finding innovative ways for you to do so these days — through your smartphones and tablets.

Two apps that I've tried recently offer interactive, entertaining examples of this.

First, in celebration of the recent Blu-ray release of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Melcher Media put together an extensive app for the iPad exploring the making of the 1975 famous movie, both day by day and scene by scene.

The app, “Monty Python: The Holy Book of Days,” is $4.99 and includes outtakes from scenes; excerpts from actor/screenwriter Michael Palin's diary; new animations and illustrations; audio of rehearsals, songs and some quotes from the film; depictions of the screenplay; still photographs; and more.

Also included is video of visits to filming locations, like to the “Bridge of Death” and “Castle Aaargh!”, with actors discussing what they remember about making the movie. The app opens with actor/co-screenwriter John Cleese greeting you in true irreverent, Monty Python-like spirit.

“You just paid good money to relive the utterly miserable experience of filming the ‘Holy Grail' day by tedious day.

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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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