Best Filmmaking Apps for iPhone and iPad 2013 – Part 1: Pre-Production
Welcome to Epic Tutorials Best Filmmaking Apps for iPhone & iPad in 2013 where we show you how to use the incredible filmmaking tool you already own: your iPhone or iPad.
In this first of our three part best filmmaking app series, we are going to show you how to make epic iOS movies without ever needing a computer, all the way from pre-production and scripting and storyboarding your iPhone or iPad movie, through to filming using an iPhone and iPad and finally editing, colour grading and mixing using an iOS device.
We have literally spent hundreds of dollars and hours testing every iPhoen and iPad filmmaking app we could get our hands on, and these are the best of the best, tried and tested and all have been used to produce our film How To Film Like A Pro on iPhone and iPad, that used only an iPhone and iPad with no computers allowed at any stage
Links to the apps are in the article below so just tap “Download on the App Store” icon below each app and it will open iTunes for you with the App ready to go.
Best Filmmaking Apps for iPhone and iPad 2013 Pre-Production:
This is a rock solid solution. Just tap + to create a new script and then you can tab through the different script elements such as Scene Headings, Action and Character and it will do all the formatting for you. It also features auto-complete which will save you a lot of time with character names.
You can reorder scenes just by dragging and dropping them and this app supports export via email and dropbox in a wide range of formats including Final Draft, Celtx and PDF making it the perfect cross platform collaboration solution.
Plus this app supports icloud sync so you can start on your iPad and continue working from your iPhone, always having the most up to date version. Nice!
Paper by FiftyThree
If you want a simple yet powerful free storyboarding app on your iPad then get yourself Paper by FiftyThree. It does have some extra brushes as in app purchases which are worth every cent but everything you need to start storyboarding comes in the free version.
The ink engine is probably the best ever on an iOS app, with every single one of them feeling natural which means you end up with something much nicer than the ugly pencil drawn scribbles you are used to, or in my case only slightly less ugly.
When you’re done just tap share to email your storyboard as a PDF to your cast and crew. You can even upload to your Tumblr blog.
Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD
Now if you want the ultimate in paid storyboarding then the best app in the world is Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD.
This app allows you to import images from your camera roll and add animated camera moves like dollies and tracking shots and adjust the start and end framing, you can set a shot duration, add texts and even record audio. To view your animatics just tap “watch” at any point to play back your work.
When your happy you can save this as a quicktime movie or as a PDF to Cinemek’s servers and have it available online to share with your cast and crew for up to 48 hours or download it to keep a permanent copy. This is the easiest way to create professional animatics and is a must for any serious filmmaker wanting to ensure their next film is a success.
If you want to stay on schedule then you need a shot list, but forget about doing it by hand. Shot Lister is the best app around makes creating shot lists an absolute breeze.
This app lets your start by adding a new project, and then your scenes. Within each scene you can enter each shot including information like a description, shot size, gear, location and much much more. When your scene is fully populated with all your shots assign it to a “shoot day” and set durations for each shot.
When you are on set you can enter Live Mode which tells you in real time if you are ahead or behind schedule as you tick off each shot as it’s captured. Sweet.
A key factor in planning your shoots is knowing where the sun will be at any point during the day and best way to find that out is with the Sun Seeker Augmented reality app.
This allows you to hold your camera up on either your iPhone or iPad and have the suns path plotted for you in real time. You can do this days or even weeks ahead of your shoot, save it as a map and attach to your shot list or email to your cast and crew. Tapping info will give you really handy info like sunrise and sunset times and this can be included in your shot list.
Finally, you never have to put up with hideous backlighting ever again.
Finally you want to block your shots. This is something that’s normally a real pain but not if you get the Shot Designer app by Hollywood Camera Work available for both iOS and Android.
You can import a topographic map or create your set by tapping with the line tool, add characters, lights, cameras and much more and then animate their movement through the scene. Best of all this is available on both your iOS devices and your computer so you can effortlessly work across platforms.
Part 2: Best Apps for iPhone and iPad Filmmaking 2013 – Production
So these are our list of the best iPhone & iPad apps for pre-production filmmaking in 2013, but more importantly what are yours? Let us know in the comments below or on our epic video that this article was based on that can be view at the top of this page or on Youtube.