As a filmmaker, you should constantly be on the prowl for new tools that can catapult your productions to the next level. If you have a smartphone or tablet handy, then there is a whole world of applications that you can dive into right now. Some of these are free, others command a nominal fee. All of them will aid you in your quest for that perfect film. On this page, we are going to take a little look at 10 mobile apps every filmmaker should download.
This application has not been strictly designed for a filmmaker. However, it deserves its place on this list of 10 mobile apps every filmmaker should download. You see, you will always want to get that perfect shot. Sometimes, the perfect shot means getting the right shadows. This application will tell you the exact position of the sun at all times of the day. It comes with a whole host other features too. This includes maps and a compass. This is perfect for setting up that shot.
If you are regularly scouting for shooting locations, then you need this application. It will save various photographs to a map. It will also save various tags for you, including the times that the sun rises and the sun sets. In addition to this, you can add notes to each shooting location and share them with the rest of your production team directly from the application. It is remarkably useful.
If you have PDF versions of your call sheets, you can import them into Film Touch. The application will then carry out a bit of mobile magic and create a searchable list for you. This is absolutely perfect if you are always losing sight of your call sheets, or you find that searching through them is quite a hassle.
This application is perfect for when you need to know the perfect lens to carry out a particular shot. You can even tap in a few details about the shot that you are carrying out, and the application will tell you which stabilization method to use. This application is for the new filmmaker who may not be too creative at the moment. If you use SMAPP, you will be able to pick up all manner of different techniques to use. This means that when you really do wish to get creative with those shots, you will have a wealth of knowledge at your disposal.
This is, essentially, the digital version of the traditional filmmakers slate. It does, however, allow you to store a lot more information. This is perfect for when it comes to post-production. This allows you to store information about the set-up you are using for your camera. This includes the shutter speed and aperture. Basically, you have a lot of information at your disposal and it makes it easy to determine the key differences between shots.
This is actually a fairly basic application, but it will work wonders in a filmmaker’s app arsenal. This is, essentially, just an image. The purpose is to allow you to check the focus on the camera that you are using. It saves having to drag around a focus chart at all times (how many times have you left one of those at home?)
This free application is perfect for those filmmakers who are looking to storyboard on a budget. You are able to storyboard using images that you have taken, or using a whole host of different images in the app. It saves having tons of pieces of paper floating about everywhere, and it is easy to change your storyboard in seconds if you are looking to make changes to your blockings.
Artemis Director’s Viewfinder
This is not a cheap application. It is absolutely worth the price that you will pay, however. This application will allow you to snap a photograph with your mobile device. You can then overlay different ‘depths of field’ to enable you to see how a particular scene would look with various different lenses. Note: it will only provide an estimate, but it does seem to be pretty accurate.
This application will allow you to design your camera and lighting set-up. You can drag and drop animated images into the application. This will allow you to achieve a good visualization of a scene before you start shooting. You can easily share the designs that you create in this application with other members of your team.
Cine Meter II
There are so many different tools packed into Cine Meter II it is tough to know where to begin. At its heart, it is a light meter. However, it is packed with far more features than your traditional light meter. In fact, many directors are moving over to options like Cine Meter II. Perhaps one of the most useful features in Cine Meter II, at least if you are using greenscreen, is the waveform monitor. Here you will be able to get an overview of light balance across a scene. This will allow you to spot any pesky shadows on your greenscreen which have the potential to ruin your shot. In addition to this, you have false color capabilities and an exposure meter.
If you are serious about filmmaking and only download one application from this list of 10 mobile apps every filmaker must download, make it this one.