iPads Being Used as On-Set Production Aides

Since the iPad was announced I've been thinking about it as an agent of change for filmmakers. In that article at FreshDV, one of the reasons I didn't talk about the iPad as a potential on-set production aide was because I had my own ideas for designing and developing such an application, although I didn't end up pursuing such an undertaking due to lack of time and resources. Now that the "magical and revolutionary" device is out there in the wild, however, others are developing applications for this purpose and finding uses for iPads on set. HDSLR pioneer Vincent LaForet has shared a short video demonstrating the iPad being put to use on a recent shoot in LA for a new Sony Playstation game:

Along similar lines, Philip Bloom has posted a roundup of iPad clapperboard applications, for using the Apple device as a slate (pictured above).

One of my goals with No Film School is not only to talk about disruptive technologies, but to actually create and share innovative tools for use throughout the production process. File this under "eventual" goals, not "near term," but as Android-powered tablets make their way into the marketplace, I'm excited about the possibilities that an open platform might offer for filmmakers -- above and beyond the iPad.

Link: Using the iPad on set - Vincent Laforet

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Tres cool! I guess I can't do that on my Amazon Kindle.

June 20, 2010 at 10:06AM, Edited September 4, 7:26AM


I finally see these great uses for the iPad. A photographer friend showed me yesterday how easy it was to show clients his portfolio with the iPad on the spot. Good stuff and can't wait for the future possible Android powered tablets too.

June 20, 2010 at 1:53PM, Edited September 4, 7:26AM


lets focus on the apps that are actually unique to ipad (ie. multitouch grading-remote), not just a shinier, cooler version of something a laptop could have done, and has been doing with superior features, for almost decades.

as usual with apple, the ipad will become as good as it could already be today only in years to come, especially for filmmakers (ie. one or two cameras, gps...). that is in large part the fault for all that fanboyism, encouraging jobs and co. to artificially hold off features for years, all under the old "we needed all that time to do it right" - yea, right.

case and point, iphone: has been out since 2008, only as of lately has apple found it in their hearts to include both the amazing iphone features AND everything a 50$ phone has had for many years.

so lets give them one or two years - for now ipad is unfortunately still mostly a shiny waste of time. no more angry birds, back to work.

ps, comparing kindle to ipad is like comparing books to tv... what's the point.

December 3, 2010 at 5:36PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM