Wanna be an Action Star? There’s an app for that.

I’m usually not a fan of movie themed phone apps, I find most of them to be pretty lame and a ridiculously blatant attempt to cleave a few more shekels from my wallet. Even the few that I have downloaded, I’ve only used maybe a handful of times. My generation has bombarded with such marketing campaigns since the days of E.T. and Reese’s Pieces, so I guess I’m used to it. However, leave it J.J. Abrams and the wunderkinds over at his production company, Bad Robot to come out with something not only indisputably cool but also (to a certain degree) practical if you’re into film.

So in case you’d been living in Bin Laden’s compound for the past several years, Bad Robot is the production house responsible for Lost, Alias, Fringe, Cloverfield, Super 8, the Star Trek reboot and upcoming sequel as well as Mission: Impossible III.

Now fresh on the heels of the production company’s latest release in Tom Cruise action spy franchise, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol comes the Action Movie FX app. This little beaut, available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad users, allows you to insert yourself into a high-end action extravaganza. All you need to do is record a short video on your device then you can go all Michael Bay on it, layering in such effects as Car Smash, Missile Attack, Chopper Down, Tornado, Air Strike and Fire Fight. More are available for download on-line for an additional cost.

This app has only been available for about a couple of weeks and I’ve seen dozens of vids on YouTube already. According to the iTunes page, there will be more effects added in the future and the App works on iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, iPad 2 and 4th generation iPod Touches.

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About Dorjan Williams

Dorjan Javas Williams has been in Film/Video production for 8+ years. Starting out as an intern and then a production assistant for several production companies in the Miami area, he has worked on set for all types of productions ranging from independent films, student films, music videos, documentaries, commercials, red carpet events and reality shows. Over the years, he has followed his passion to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Philadelphia, Chicago, Tampa even London. Recently, he has even taken on the role of production supervisor and instructor at two South Florida institutions, the Miami Film School and Miami Media School. As Production Supervisor, he assisted the film students in helping them prepare, develop, shoot and edit their short films as well as, helping them verify their film shoot locations, permits, props, release forms, cast and shot lists. Then as Instructor, he taught students Filmmaking and Production which included camera, lighting, sound, pre-production, script review and casting. As of Spring 2014, Dorjan has produced, written, directed and edited 4 short films, of which 3 have won awards from local film festivals for Audience Favorite. He is currently working on completing his first anthology series, See No Evil. His objective is to ultimately fulfill his dream of becoming a full-time 'anthology' writer/director, by producing films and short films series series that present different stories and characters within each episode or season. He can be contacted here.