Actor Matthew Modine, who recently appeared in The Dark Knight Rises, but will forever be known as Private Joker from Stanley Kubrick’s classic Full Metal Jacket, wrote a book called Full Metal Jacket Diary, which was released in 2005. Now, Modine has released an iPad app based on the book, which he describes as an “appumentary,” and an “entirely reimagined, interactive, audiovisual experience.”
The project was partially funded on Kickstarter, having successfully reached and exceeded its fundraising goal from 295 Backers.
It comes complete with a behind-the-scenes look at the two-year production of the film, as well as the complete text of the book. There are five chapters about the filmmaking process, a four-hour audio experience narrated by Modine, over 400 high-res photos and personal documents (scanned from original negatives and source material), and “all new remembrances” written by Modine.
There are also three bonus galleries with photo restoration comparisons, a feature that lets you store your favorite photos and audio clips, links to related content on the web, and of course, the ability to share photos via Twitter.
Here are some screen caps:
“When I first set out to make my book, the goal was to create something that Stanley would have been proud of and wanted to own,” said Modine. “The goal with this app has been no different.”
“If Stanley were alive today, I think he would love the iPad,” he added. “He was always interested in the latest technologies and in many ways, he was ahead of his time. 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey featured devices that could be one of the earliest inspirations for tablet computers. This app will give a new audience and a new generation access to my diary and photographs in ways I never imagined possible.”
This was posted to the official Facebook page last month:
Apparently the app took nearly as long to put together as the actual movie.
The app’s producer, Adam Rackoff, said, “Matthew and I have been working on this project for almost two years. We found most of Matthew’s original camera negatives and spent months carefully scanning and restoring them in high-definition, perfect for the new iPad’s Retina display.”
“We did extensive research and searched through dozens of family scrapbooks, photo albums, and boxes to find original letters, documents, Polaroids, and newspaper clippings that would help enhance the diary’s story,” he added. “The app also features photographs by cast members, Stanley’s long-time assistant Leon Vitali, executive producer Jan Harlan, Matthew’s wife, and Kubrick himself.”
The app costs $14.99 in the App Store.