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Useful iPhone Apps for Filmmakers

09/21/2012
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(By: Theresa Syn)

 

With the anticipated release of the Apple iPhone 5, it seems that smartphones just keep getting, well, smarter. From a GPS to a daily planner to a talking companion, it’s like the iPhone can do virtually anything. So where does a filmmaker fit into all of this? Read on as NFFTY presents 5 iPhone apps perfect for every filmmaker.

iSlate by iBuiltThis

Turn your iPhone into a portable scene slate with the iSlate by iBuiltThis. With sound effects of the opening and closing of the clapper, the iSlate works exactly like the traditional slate with the additional function of recording your log entries directly onto the app. Gone are the days of bulky slates and messy paperwork as this app helps to save all your logs neatly in chronological order for future use. What’s more, it also includes an automatic update of the time and date so it saves you the hassle of having to change it ever so often. The best part? You’ll never forget to bring a slate again.

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Storyboard composer by Cinemek Inc.

Having earned its spot in “Best of 2009” apps by Apple, the Storyboard composer by Cinemek Inc. is the perfect app for pre-visualization work.

To start, simply import photos from your photo library onto a filmstrip timeline and add various markups ranging from dolly, zoom, arrows to text notes. Not to worry if you happen to be without an actor because you can also add stand-ins in the form of silhouettes into your storyboard. When you’re all set, you can watch your story on real time playback before you export it into the PDF format for easy viewing and sharing.

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Screenplay By Black Mana Studios

Hate it when an amazing idea hits you right in the face and you’re nowhere near your laptop to write it down? And in almost an instant, the idea is gone, never to come back again. Yeah, the people at Black Mana Studio hate it too. That’s why they produced this mobile screenwriting app to counter your screenwriting emergencies on the go.

Using the standard screenplay formatting, you can write stories from scratch anywhere from a single scene to an entire movie with the help of simple action buttons. You can also drag and drop entire scenes, keeping all the content intact. Whenever you like, you can easily import or export your screenplay into your computer using the industry standard FDX format or through other screenwriting software like Celtx.

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Filmic Pro by Cinegenix, LLC

This multi-award winning app makes video taking on the iPhone almost comparable to that of a professional camera. Winner of Best Video App of 2011 by TUAW, FilmicPro by Cinegenix lets you get the best out of your iPhone camera with ultimate control over focus, exposure, white balance and so much more. This app also features an amazing 4x zoom that is easily handled with  +/- manual controls.

Sharing your work is also a breeze as you can upload it instantly through Dropbox, Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, Tumblr or the FTP server directly via the app. This is definitely an essential for professional or amateur iPhone videographers.

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ReelDirector by Nexvio Inc.

Video editing on the iPhone has never been easier with ReelDirector by Nexvio Inc. Boasting of a high quality HD output, this app is said to be the iPhone’s equivalent of Final Cut. With your finger, easily drag photos and video clips taken from the iPhone photo library and arrange it on the timeline. Choose up to 28 different transitions or maybe add a layer of customizable text over your video. For the audio, you can use your own music or have the option of recording a soundtrack directly onto the app.

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