STANLEY KUBRICK ALERT! Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” iPad App is Here!

Published On August 11, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | Filmmakers, Matthew Modine, Stanley Kubrick

Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary debuted this week on iTunes.

I don’t make it a practice of pitching new products on this site — unless it’s something that’s really cool and that I think people would enjoy, learn and benefit from, as well as afford — this this looks like a top-notch project created and produced by two people who I’ve gotten to know a bit and highly regard and respect.

I first met Matthew Modine last fall, and wrote about it here, when he came to Sacramento for a special screening and discussion of his DSLR-shot short film Jesus Was A Commie.

I don’t have an iPadyet. But now with the release of this amazing new app I feel myself being uncontrollably drawn to the Apple store very soon!

Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary sells for only $14.99.

When I met Matthew and the app was still in production he told me that he pulled out his original negatives and had every one scanned at a frame size of 20 megabytes so that the users could blow up the photographs to see the amazing details that was not possible in the printed version of the book.

Here are some frames from the Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad app interspersed with the FMJDiary press release.

(NOTE: I’ve never printed a press release from anyone before on this site, but this is so fascinating that I’m pasting it all on here for you to read for yourself.)

NEW YORK – August 7, 2012 – Actor and filmmaker Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) is thrilled to announce the launch of his new Full Metal Jacket Diary App for iPad, available now on the App Store. Based on his award-winning 2005 limited edition book of the same name, the new “appumentary” is an entirely reimagined, interactive audiovisual experience.

Fans of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick will be taken on a rare, behind-the-scenes journey through the making of the 1987 Vietnam War masterpiece, Full Metal Jacket. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film this summer, Modine’s diary chronicles the nearly two years it took to complete the film and features hundreds of stunning behind-the-scenes photographs taken by him on location.

“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. The goal with this app has been no different,” said Modine. “If Stanley were alive today, I think he would love the iPad. 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.”

“Matthew and I have been working on this project for almost two years,” said Adam Rackoff, the app’s producer. “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. 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.”

Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary is a premium app experience that offers users the choice to read or listen to his diary.

Features include:

  • Modine’s complete diary text from his out-of-print, award-winning, metal-bound book
  • Five chapters chronicling the filmmaking process – Private Life, Vietnam, Boot Camp, On Leave, and Boot Camp Redux
  • A nearly four hour audio experience with Modine’s own absorbing narration, produced with immersive sound effects and original music
  • Over 400 high-res photos and personal documents scanned from original negatives andsource material
  • Detailed information on photos including dates, locations, and all-new remembrances written by Modine
  • Three bonus galleries featuring select photo restoration comparisons
  • Interactive “favorites” gallery designed to simulate Matthew’s original contact sheets used in compiling his book
  • Store your favorite photos and audio clips for later reference
  • Share your favorite photos with your friends via Twitter
  • Links to related articles, videos, content, and much more

  • The Full Metal Jacket Diary App is available $14.99 USD on the App Store for iPad or at app was produced by Adam Rackoff, designed by Jason Parry, and developed by Taeil Goh. The app’s audio book was edited by Cristina Rackoff, sound designed and mixed by Dan Timmons at Sound Lounge, and features original music by John Lippi.The Full Metal Jacket Diary App for iPad was partially funded by a crowd-funding campaign
    on The project successfully reached and exceeded its fundraising goal from 295 Backers. For more information and to watch the Kickstarter video, visit link:
    Official Website:
    Facebook: Watch the teaser video:

    Full Metal Jacket and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

    Apple, the Apple logo, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

    Full Metal Jacket Diary Copyright © 2012 Matthew Modine. All Rights Reserved.

As a Kubrick fan(atic) this just look way too cool.

You can follow Matthew and the Full Metal Jacket Diary on Twitter here.

On Facebook you can “like” the Full Metal Jacket Diary page.

Also, you can purchase specially made prints from Matthew’s negatives, which he also signs and numbers at the Full Metal Jacket Diary store.

I hope to have more on this in coming days, so please register with this site to get e-mail alerts. If all of this stuff in the works goes through, this is going to be very, very cool!!!

My copy of Matthew Modine's "Full Metal Jacket Diary." Note: Even the book has a full metal jacket cover.

I have one of the limited edition copies of the book of Full Metal Jacket Diary, which Matthew kindly signed for me when I met him and shot an interview for a story about him.

My autographed copy of "Full Metal Jacket Diary" - #10,267. The peace cymbol is in honor of Modine's character of Joker in the film, who wore a helmet with "Born To Kill" on it while he also wore a peace button on his fatigue jacket.

Here is a 36-minute interview I found on Youtube with Matthew Modine discussing Stanley Kubrick and Full Metal Jacket, which should help get you in the mood to buy the app. My gosh, how can you not? All this for only $14.99 — and you get it instantly!!!!




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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

One Response to STANLEY KUBRICK ALERT! Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” iPad App is Here!

  1. Greg Reddick says:

    Please issue as an Android compatible app. soon.

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