News, , , , , , , , , , — November 8, 2011 11:49 — 0 Comments

Why the iPad 2 is the center of my creative universe, by Jason McKinnon

Screenwriter and indie film-maker Jason McKinnon writes extensively on his blog The Athletic Nerd about movies that inspire us and the creative process that goes into making our own films. Here he explains how Apple’s iPad 2 can help increase productivity


Two years ago, I got my iPhone and it instantly tripled my productivity by allowing me to keep up to date on my screenwriting and blogging.

I could write anywhere I wanted and I did. Being able to craft blog posts while riding a subway actually had me looking forward to my journey to work each day. For the last few months, I’ve been working really hard on a ton of projects in order to begin 2012 with a clean slate.

So far, it’s looking like I’ll be able to hit my deadlines and I have my iPad 2 to thank for that.

My new creative command central

I’ve had my iPad for a little over a month now and in that time, I’ve accomplished a ton.

My blog, The Athletic Nerd, has a whole new design with brand new content created on the much easier WordPress for iPad app.

In addition, I have managed to complete the following:

● I finished editing my short film thanks to notes and shot lists I created using Apple’s Pages app

● I’ve also been using Pages to create outlines and breakdowns for a number of projects I’m hoping to begin next year

● I’ve written three brand new short screenplays during my breaks at work thanks to the awesome Celtx screenwriting app

[Check out my full review of the Celtx app here]

● I’ve grown accustomed to using Flipboard, Twitter, Facebook and more to increase my social reach online which helps boost traffic

● A full browser experience has helped me stay up to date on all the movie news that inspires me on a daily basis

[Click here to read my Top 6 Apps For Movie News]

I’ve only had the device for a month and it’s changed everything. Let’s face it, being able to read my daily news, post a new article online and revise a new screenplay before I get out of bed each morning is a nice touch. There are a million tiny reasons why the iPad 2 is amazing but for me, it all boils down to productivity.

My biggest fear before I purchased my iPad 2 was whether or not typing would hinder me. I’m happy to report that after a slight adjustment period, I’m firing out posts at a decent pace and hammering out new screenplay pages.

The iPad is fast, convenient (not too mention cool) and integrated easily into my life. From a film-making perspective, the iPad has a number of amazing tools I plan to take advantage of whenever I begin my next project. Until then, I’ve been having a ton of fun messing around with iMovie, the iPad’s camera and my dog. But beyond that there are apps for every aspect of production.

● This article was first published on The Athletic Nerd

Further reading:

● 22 Filmmaking Apps for the iPad & iPhone

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

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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