5 Handy Mobile Apps to Help Make Your Filmmaking Endeavors More Productive
There are literally thousands of apps on the iOS and Android platforms, and plenty of them are actually useful for filmmakers. Having some of these apps is like having an entire production office or studio in your pocket. App developers have created tools for all different skill levels, so whether you are just starting your career or have been at it for a while, there is an app for you. Here are 5 that just might make your filmmaking experience more productive:
The Producer app by True Hero Studio lets you have everything you need right in your pocket. This app lets you create different projects on the main screen so each project is easily accessible. Within each project, you can add in locations, cast, crew, and even a budget. The user can take preproduction images while location scouting and make notes before saving them to specific projects. With this app, you can also have all of your crew call sheets, shot lists, and script right at your fingertips. This app acts as your own private producer's assistant by keeping all of your production information in one neat, organized app. Currently this app costs $14.99 and is only available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
If you forget your slate when shooting, it can make things very difficult and complicated. That is when MovieSlate comes in. Not only does this digital, time-coded slate let you add in basic information like the production name, director, or director of photography, but it also lets you add in extra information for each shot. You can add in camera optic information such as the file name, lens, and filming calculations, as well as sound information like the file name and type, noise, and type of equipment used. MovieSlate also instantly records the time code and other information each time the clapper closes, this information can quickly and easily be exported into a report for your records. The app also comes with Time-code Buddy integration. This lets you use SMPTE time-code by synching it over WiFi with other Time-code Buddy systems. While this is very helpful, sometimes when you are on location you may not have access to WiFi. Instead, you could always set up broadband services like mobile broadband from T-Mobile so that you always have an internet connection while on location. This app is available on iTunes for $24.99.
Artemis Director's Viewfinder
The Artemis Director's Viewfinder app by Chemical Wedding can be very helpful for directors and cinematographers. With this app, you can choose what type of camera you are using, then you pick the lens you would like to use. Once you have chosen a lens, you will be able to see the view that you can expect with that particular lens and zoom. This app is helpful when you are rehearsing and blocking. It gives you an idea of what your shot will look like depending on the lens you choose. Currently the app is available for iPhones and iPads, OS 3.1 or later, and Android phones for $29.99.
Coordinating outside shots can be difficult, especially since you have to work with outside lighting. Sun Scout by Benjohn Barnes helps you find out where the sun will be while you are on location. The app will let you see the suns position for the day, or a day in the future. The app uses your phones camera, compass, and GPS to give you an accurate prediction of the position at a certain time. This app is very helpful if you want to get a shot facing a direction and need a specific sun position. The app is currently available through iTunes for $9.99. There are other similar apps available for Android as well, like Sun Position by Andy Stone.
Kodak Cinema Tools
Kodak has been around for all of our film needs, and now they have an app to help with even more production needs. The app comes with a depth of field calculator, a film calculator, and a glossary. The depth of field calculator lets you add in information like the film format, F-stop, subject distance and/or focal distance so you can get an accurate measurement of the depth of field for that shot. The film calculator will help you find out the run time for a certain film format and length, or how much film you may need for a specific run time. Whether you need a quick refresher on the industry lingo, or were just told to grab a stinger and aren't sure what that is, you can quickly and easily look up basic terms in the Film/Video Glossary. Kodak Cinema Tools is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
We've covered individual apps a few times here on No Film School, but there are many, many more that are useful for filmmakers. What are some of your favorite mobile apps for filmmaking that we haven't covered yet? Let us know in the comments.
- Producer: iPhone Download // iPad Download
- MovieSlate: iOS Download
- Artemis Director's Viewfinder: iPhone Download // iPad Download // Android Download
- Sun Scout: iOS Download
- Kodak Cinema Tools: iPhone Download // iPad Download // Android Download