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The top 10 best film-making apps for the iPhone

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This handy guide is published courtesy of ActorsandCrew website, which means the apps featured have been tested by professionals and covers pretty much all aspects of filming on the iPhone

The Biz by The Content Beast, LLC. (Cost: $0.00)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 2.1 or later)
Well, it wouldn’t be Hollywood without a little constructive self-promotion. “The Biz” is the official iPhone App for ACTORSandCREW. It features the latest Entertainment Industry content and information: We update it constantly.
We’re focused on the latest breaking news on the Industry, the freshest jobs and auditions, tips for breaking in to the business, great advice on marketing your own Film, labor relations issues in Hollywood…and much more…
Also, we’ll introduce you to the current members of A&C – all Industry Pros and talented aspirants…we play host to host an incredibly wide variety of both above and below-the-line talent in over 80 countriesworld-wide and in every state in the US.

“Fantastic app! This is a must for all industry professionals. If you’re in the entertainment business, you need this app. Runs smoothly, fast, and is very powerful. No bugs or crashes experienced. Get this app NOW.”

“Your new ‘I can’t live without it’ App – Rich, hearty content, robust engineering, all wrapped up in a neat little bow, putting a powerful tool directly in to the hands of industry professionals. From staying current on industry related topics to job search, this newly launched app makes keeping your finger on the pulse a reality.”

Movie Slate by PureBlend Software. (Cost: $4.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 2.1 or later)
Movie.Slate is a digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and shot notepad. designed for use with film, television, documentaries, interviews, and home movies. Movie.Slate provides an easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot. saving you time later when you capture and edit the footage on your computer.

“Here’s a few highlights: It can log data from multiple productions, and export the data as Final Cut Pro XML files. It has a terrific interface for changing data on the fly. You can customize the hell out of it, including stick designs, colors, and fonts. You can save text, voice, and photo notes for each shot. You can rate the audio and video quality of each take. You can set markers within a shot to remember when something specific happened. And here.s a feature that knocked my socks off: You can wirelessly sync the running timecode of multiple iPhones running Movie*Slate over bluetooth. Now that.s just sick.”

Hitchcock by Cinemek inc (Cost: $19.99)
(iPhone, OS: 3.0 or later)
Cinemek® Hitchcock for iPhone and iPod Touch is a mobile storyboard and pre-visualization composer designed for Directors, Directors of Photography, Producers, Writers, Animators, Art Directors, film students and anyone who wants to be able to visualize their story.

“The price of Hitchcock is not for the novice. It.s $19.99. But, for broadcast and film professionals, it.s a drop in the bucket. Plus, there is NOTHIING else out there on the desktop that can compete with Hitchcock.s speed and ease of use. If doing film or commercial work and you have an iPhone. You HAVE to buy this App or your competitors will. They will get the job because they were faster to visualize your idea. Hitchcock is a game-changer.”

pCam by David Eubank (Cost: $39.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 2.2.1or later)
A Motion Picture and Still Photography calculator for Directors of Photography, Photographers, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, VFX Supervisors, Script Supervisors, Gaffers, Grips, Editors, Production Designers, Art Directors, Film and Photography Students. Created by the same Hollywood Camera Assistant who created the widely used Palm version.

“The mother of all lens calculators. Originally written for the old Palm Pilot, pCam has been updated for the iPhone with an intuitive graphical interface. It calculates depth of field, field of view, focus splits, hyperfocal distance, exposure compensation, running time, HMI safe speeds and shutters, color correction filters, diopter shift, macro, time lapse, underwater focus distance, illumination beam intensity, light coverage and even has a built-inSiemen.s Star focus chart.”

Action Log Pro Andris Ltd (Cost: $29.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 2.0 or later)
Action Log is a film and television logging tool, designed for use on location or in a studio with up to 25 recording devices. At the touch of a button the logging system keeps track of all reel names and timecodes for each recorded piece of action.

“Entry of comments is quick and easy by constructing clip names from predefined lists and use of the inbuilt keyboard. All clips in a project can be emailed as ALE and XML files to overnight digitisers and editors for immediate ingestion. For those who like to edit with printed logs in hand, HTML formatted log sheets sorted by reel name, can also be forwarded. Supports up to 25 virtual recording devices.”

Screenplay by Black Mana Studios. (Cost: $2.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 3.0 or later)
Black Mana Studios. Screenplay is the world.s firstfully-functional mobile screenwriting application. It allows professionals and hobbyists alike to write complete movie and television screenplays directly on the iPhone or iPod Touch.

“Black Mana Studios is an official technology partner of Final Draft, Inc., creators of the industry-standardFinal Draft Production Suite.”

FiRe by Audiofile Engineering. (Cost: $9.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 3.0 or later)
FiRe was created specifically to be a field recorder for the iPhone, not a voice or memo recorder. It is a truly professional recorder developed for audio professionals by audio professionals. It has many professional features other recorders don’t. In addition to supporting stereo recording, it.s the first iPhone recorder to display an accurate audio waveform in real time, and the first to support markers, Broadcast WAVE metadata, and the instant downloading of files in multiple file formats. FiRe is also the first recorder of its kind to offer native SoundCloud integration.

“Excellent quality and design. Some real thought went in to this one. When I don’t have my Zoom H2 handy, this is my field recorder.”

PocketLD by Michael Zinman. (Cost: $19.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 3.0 or later)
A photometric database and calculator with a vast array of the most popular lighting instruments for film and stage lighting. Need to know what an ARRI 10K fresnel lamp at 25. will deliver in beam spread and footcandles? The Gaffer.s best reference tool.

“Needs some updates for AARI specific stuff, but generally kicks total ass.”

Gel Swatch Library by Wybron. (Cost: $9.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 3.0 or later)
Browse, search, and compare over 1,000 GAM, Lee, Apollo and Rosco gel colors with Wybron.s Gel Swatch Library. for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Gel Swatch Library gives you multiple ways to find the perfect color for your production. Scroll through lists of gels made by each manufacturer, or search for a specific gel name. Spectral Energy Distribution curves and CMY/RGB percentages listed for each color provide the vital data you need to create breathtaking scenes.

“This thing is amazing. No more fumbling around for a swatchbook in my bag. And now that it has Apollo, it’s perfect.”

MyWeather by MyWeather, LLC. (Cost: $4.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 3.0 or later)
MyWeather Mobile is a feature rich weather application with animated looping radar and satellite, 36-hour temperature, precipitation and wind speed/direction graphs (USA only), 7-day forecasts, over 10,000 U.S. cities and now thousands of international cities. You can also rotate the phone horizontally to viewFULL-SCREEN radar animation and 36 hour trend graphs (USA only).

“Sever weather push notifications definitely put this app on the top of the pile of paid weather apps. If the weather is mission critical, you should really get this.”

Artemis by Chemical Wedding. (Cost: $29.99)
(iPhone/iPod Touch, OS: 3.0 or later)
Artemis is a digital directors viewfinder for the iPhone. Designed with both cinematographers and directors in mind, Artemis works in much the same way as a traditional directors viewfinder, though much more accurately and much more conveniently. After selecting a camera format, aspect ratio and lens type, Artemis uses the camera in the iPhone to simulate the lens views you can expect when you come to shoot. You can either compare all the lenses (as above) or hit zoom and the camera will zoom in to fill the viewfinder with the equivalent view of the lens you’ve chosen.

“This app is exceptional. Thank you, Chemical Wedding, for taking this platform seriously.”

All apps featured are available in the iTunes App store

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Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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  • Ron

    If you’re trying to get that perfect lighting, then check out GoldenPic. This app provides the times for Golden Hours, Blue Hours, Sunrise, Sunset, Moonrise, Moonset and the moon phase.

    • Tony Myers

      Very handy app and a good addition to the 10 featured – thanks!

  • neill

    Nice list but we think you might have missed one. Check out FiLMiC Pro, for the best front end video camera app for iPhone 4s. Manual control, variable frame rates, slate, color bars, overlays. What’s not to love?

    • Tony Myers

      I agree, and thanks for sharing this.

  • Grant

    You should also have a look at ‘Almost DSLR’ another front end video app for the iPhone.

    • Tony Myers

      Thanks Grant, will do.

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  • jon

    Look like some good app suggestions, I am going to try a couple out and see if they are worth the cash. The audiofile app should help me out.

    • Tony Myers

      Great Jonathan, let us know how you go.


    Thanks for the suggestions. I think movie slate and Hitchcock app will help me a lot. Myweather app will be useful not only for film making but also for everyday use I think. I think of suggesting other apps to my friends which they may find helpful.

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