10 Apps Every Filmmaker Must Have!

By Koninika Roy. Posted on July 23, 2014

If you are making a film, you know how daunting it can be. So much could go wrong if you don't  always have access to proper equipment. Thankfully now  your iPad, iPhone or android device could fill in! Google and iTunes have a wide array of applications to choose from, for your varied needs as a filmmaker. From location scouting to keeping a record of your footage to getting screenwriting assistance or even of finding the right light , there is an app for nearly everything. Here's a list of applications we found interesting and useful. Let us know if we've missed any that you've been using!

Viewfinder Apps

Artemis Director’s Viewfinder
Device: iPhones, iPads and Android Devices
Price: INR 1875.99
Current Rating: 4.1/5
Download App from iTunes and Google

The Artemis Director’s Viewfinder app by Chemical Wedding can be very helpful for directors and cinematographers. First, you choose what type of camera and lens are being used. The app will then show you the view that can be expected with different focal lengths. This app is very helpful when you are rehearsing and blocking, and features a wide array of options. While it is pricey, the app is worth it and has been popular since 2009.

Cadrage
Device: iPhones and Android Devices
Price: INR 590
Current Rating: 4.1/5
Download App from iTunes and Google

This app by distantblue is a relatively newer and economical alternative to Artemis. It has similar features and features an easy-to-use interface and a wide array of professional film/photo camera formats and lenses.

Clapper Apps

Digital Clapper
Device: Android
Price: Free
Current Rating: 4.4/5
Download App from Google

Working just like an ordinary clapper board, Digital Clapper creates a time snapshot for the sound editor. In addition, the app creates a list of shots that can be saved or exported, and a few handy extras like the time-code generator make this app well worth picking up.

MovieSlate
Device: iPhones, iPads
Price: INR 1494.15
Current Rating: 4.4/5
Download App from iTunes

MovieSlate is a digital, time-coded slate that lets you add in basic information like the production name and director. You can further add in camera optic information such as the file name, lens, and filming calculations, as well as sound information like the file name, noise, and type of equipment used. MovieSlate also instantly records the time code and other information each time the clapper closes, so 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.

Screenwriting Apps

Fade in Mobile
Device: Android 2.2 and up / iOS 5 and later.
Price: Free
Current Rating: 4/5
Download App from Google and iTunes

The app offers a clean, straightforward app for writing and formatting. You can tab through scenes, characters and dialogue at the touch of a button, and the finished product can be exported to Dropbox. The free version has a few limitations, like the inability to import documents or work on multiple screenplays. You can, however, upgrade to a full-featured paid version.

Screenwriter
Device: Android 1.5 and up
Price: INR 54.37
Current Rating: 2.3/5
Download App from Google

Screenwriter is a stand-alone app that requires no PC companion software. It's designed to allow writers to gather their thoughts and write rough drafts; the finished product should be exported and polished on the PC. This program allows for easy tabbing between synopsis, character, locations, scenes and more. The final script can be exported via email for easy sharing and editing. The program does not, however, support export to Final Draft or CeltX.

Celtx
Device: Android 2.2 and up, iPhone & iPad
Price: Free
Current Rating: 3/5
Download App from Google and iTunes

Celtx for desktop has always been one of the most popular, powerful and affordable screenwriting programs on the market. You can choose from several formats, including screenplay, stageplay and comic. You can add comments and notes to yourself as you go, and scripts can be easily imported and exported from the desktop Celtx version.

Camera Assistance Apps

Pocket AC
Device: Android
Price: INR 644.80
Current Rating:
Download App from Google

Pocket AC – the AC standing for camera assistant – is packed full of tools, calculators, and references for anybody working within the camera department: Depth of Field Calculator, Digital Runtime Calculator, Camera Specs Reference, Film Stocks Reference, Exposure, Field of View Calculator, Focus Chart, Insert Slate, and more.

Kodak Cinema Tools
Device: Android 2.2 and up, iPhone & iPad
Price: Free
Current Rating: 3/5
Download App from Google and iTunes

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.

Shot Designer
Device: Android 2.2 and up, iPhone & iPad
Price: Free (INR 1,202 for Pro Upgrade)
Current Rating: 3/5
Download App from Google and iTunes

Shot Designer might be the only app you need to build lighting, camera, and blocking diagrams. It features a fluid, no-nonsense interface. It may look simple, but is incredibly powerful.

Lighting Apps

Sun Scout
Device: iPhone & iPad
Price: INR 597.3021
Current Rating:

Download App from iTunes (Sun Position- for Android)

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.

Light Meter Tools
Device: iPhone & iPad
Price: INR 178.77
Current Rating:
Download App from Google

This app turns your Android device into a light meter. As the description explains, it’s “a reflected light meter with spot metering (using the device’s camera) and an incident light meter (using the device’s light sensor) in one app. Tested accurate against Gossen and Sekonic meters on most devices.”

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RØDE Rec
Device: iPhone & iPad
Price: Free
Current Rating: 3.5
Download App from iTunes

This app turns your phone into a 48Khz capable field recorder with a boatload of options. It has the ability to record directly to AIFF, WAVE, AAC, and has built-in integration with Soundcloud and Dropbox.

Hitchcock- Storyboard Composer
Device: iPhone and iPad
Price: INR 920
Current Rating: 3
Download App from iTunes

Hitchcock- Storyboard Composer by Cinemek is a very useful app for those who can’t draw their own storyboard and need an alternative. It has an intuitive interface with various customizable options and works with pictures you take to create a professional looking storyboard.

Producer
Device: iPhone & iPad
Price: INR 896.25
Current Rating: 3.5
Download App from iTunes

The Producer app by True Hero Studio 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.

Remote Prompter
Device: Android 2.2 and up
Price: Free
Current Rating: 3.6
Download App from Google

A teleprompter tool that can help actors remember their lines. You can attach any keyboard to the device to control it wirelessly, and the text you input can be modified to change its scroll speed, font size, color and more. You can position the Android device under the camera on its own or in conjunction with a prompter mirror. This app is ideal for newscasts, rehearsals and emergency line recalls in film and theatre productions.


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