10 More Must-Have Apps for Filmmakers
Put your smartphone and tablet to good use on set with this collection of apps for filmmakers!
Smart phones and tablets are becoming more commonly used on set for a variety of things, such as production documentation and concept viewing. Back in 2014, PremiumBeat writer Caleb Ward wrote an article on 10 Free Apps for Filmmakers. While the free app well is pretty dry, the paid app well is full of options. With that said, we found 10 more must-have apps that every filmmaker should be aware of. Remember, some of these are paid apps, but the time savings could make it fully worth the price tag.
1. DSLR Slate
Slating shots on set is a must if you are only running dual system audio and no scratch track. Even if you are capturing scratch track audio, it’s a good idea to slate; this makes important scene information readily available for the editor and his team. If you don’t have a slate handy, but you have an iPad, then check out DSLR Slate.
FilmTouch is a call sheet manager that allows you to import and list your call sheets and crew lists. Get rid of all that paper, and go paperless with this app. You can store crew information, making it easier for you to contact and collaborate with personnel for your next project.
Shot Designer gives you the power to create animated camera diagrams. Another awesome feature is the app’s ability to create a shot list and storyboard for the animated diagram you’re creating. This aids the entire production crew and it’s all available right there in one app. Oh, and it’s free!
Turn your iPhone or iPad into a editable production stripboard. Keep track of your shots and scenes, and make sure your crew is on the same page with you. While Shot Designer can do some of this, ShotList is a little more flexible and easier to use.
Another app to consider for pre-visualization is ShotPro. This app gives you the ability to build 3D sets and scenes in a matter of minutes. You can then animate characters, props, lights, and cameras, and then export your creation in seconds.
Ever been on set and discovered that the scene you originally wanted can’t be pulled off? Do you need to storyboard a quick scene? The Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD app can help make that happen. It allows you to take photos of the scene, drop your characters into that scene, and then add the camera and scene direction.
7. FiLMiC Pro
Turn your iOS device into a 2K HD broadcast camera. With variable speed zoom, audio gain control, and adjustable frame rates. This app is ideal for the production team during rehearsals and auditions.
Need a spot meter with a RGB waveform monitor and false-color picture? then check out Cine Meter II. This app also serves as a incident, color, and exposure meter that shows you foot-candle readouts, color temps, and exposure compensations.
For use by directors, cinematographers, and VFX supervisors, the Artemis Director’s Viewfinder app can reproduce any camera, aspect ratio, and lens combination. It also includes a list of commonly used cameras for you to choose from. This app is ideal for blocking, location scouting, or storyboarding.
10. Set Safety
After the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, an app was developed to provide crew members with safety assistance. Professionals can use this app to anonymously report any and all safety issues on set. Users can upload pictures and time cards as evidence for their submission. Even though crew safety should be priority number one, this is not always the case. This app helps remedy that.
Want some more filmmaking app info? Check out these articles.
- 10 Free Apps for Filmmakers
- Free Screencast Software & Apps for Video Pros
- 5 Free Apps Film & Video Editors Shouldn’t Live Without
Have you used any of these apps with any success? Are there some you use that we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments below.