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25 Useful Apps for Indie Filmmakers

Here are some of the best iPhone and iPad apps for making films without blowing your budget:

Screenplay Writing


Black Mana Studios’ Screenplay is the world’s first fully-functional mobile screenwriting application. It allows professionals and hobbyists alike to write complete movie and television screenplays directly on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Scripts Pro

When writing in desktop screenplay programs, you forget about the program all together and are focused entirely on writing your story. The same thing is true with Scripts Pro because there is no cluttered interface or complex solutions to writing. With Scripts Pro you can write your ideas in screenplay format whether you’re on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.



25 Useful apps for filmmakers

is used in many different circumstances. A great way to use OmniGraffle is to create storyboards on the iPad. The app itself is designed to be a visual outlining tool which makes it a great storyboarding app.

Cinemek Storyboard Composer

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.

Cinematography & Camerawork

Cinematographers will find this film calculator very helpful. The app will calculate depth of field, hyper-focal, splits, field of view, angle of view, focal length, exposure, running time to length, shooting to screen time, diopter, macro, time lapse, underwater distance, screen illumination, light coverage, mired shift, conversion siemens star and much more. A very powerful app that should save time and energy during production.

Sun Seeker

The location of the sun is vital when filming. Having the sun at a particular location will help continuity in the film and create the good lighting for the shot. The app works on iOS devices with compasses (iPads, 3GSs, and iPhone 4s.) A wonderful tool that can cut down on film prep time.


MagicHour™(formerly VelaClock) is a world clock that can quickly display the time of sunrise, sunset, three kinds of twilight (civil, nautical, astronomical) for dawn and dusk, moonrise, moonset, duration of daylight, current phase of moon, date and times for the next four moon phases, countdown to the next sunrise or sunset and next moonrise or moonset, and more.More Info


DoF is a small utility for Photographer or Videographer allowing to calculate the depth of field.


Use DOFMaster to calculate the depth of field in your photographs. You’ll be able to select the lens and f/stop combination that provides the zone of sharpness you need. Use it to calculate the hyperfocal distance for landscape photography.

Match Lens
This calculator computes the equivalent lens focal length to produce the same field of view between two cameras with different aperture/sensor sizes. It will do a “Match Lens” calculation, and produce the closest equivalent angle of view lens, in millimeters, for both vertical and horizontal frames, between the original camera’s focal length and the current camera’s focal length.


Use BeamCalc to calculate the geometry and photometrics of spotlight beams. Place and direct up to three light sources (chosen from the included library) to evaluate and compare lighting characteristics: elevation angle, beam and field pool width, illumination, and shadow length.


DSLR Slate

DSLR Slate is the perfect companion for the DSLR Filmmaker. As a Universal App, DSLR Slate runs natively on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Designed for all needs from student to hollywood, DSLR Slate will be just as useful as the traditional film slate, if not more. “Slating” shots has become standard practice on set and helps streamline shot logging and post production.

Movie Slate

best apps for filmmakers

Movie Slate is the the Rolls-Royce of iPad/iPhone clapboards” says MovieSlate a convenient, all-in-one digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and shot notepad— designed for use in film, TV, documentaries, music videos, and interviews. This professional production tool is the easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot— saving you valuable time later when capturing and editing footage. At a fraction of a bulky digital clapperboard’s cost, you’ll be saving money too.

Action Log

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.


Rehearsal 2
A fantastic and effective new way to learn your lines, explore your character’s nuances, prepare for your shoot or stage performance, record continuity notes or plan shots, and submit VO auditions and more – and carry all of that work around with you on the devices you love, your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Legal Stuff


great apps for filmmakersFilmmakers often have to make sure the content they film is legal. MRelease makes that process very simple. It comes ready to help the user get property, location, or crew release. These releases give permission to use recorded media, locations, objects, artwork, animals, locations, and crew members in recordings. It is a wonderful app to have handy when preparing for a film.

Easy Release

Lets you collect all the data and signatures you need right on your iPhone, then mails a PDF and JPEG of the release right to you. For convenience and ease of use: Lets you retrieve model and witness information from your contacts.


Animation Creator

Animators will be pleased to find they can create an entire film on the iPad. Creating animations with this app then editing and posting with other apps. The app will allow the user to create very powerful and smooth animations that can then be exported off to YouTube and other mediums. The time where animations were difficult to do may be behind us with apps such as this one.

Omni Graffle

Need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design? With OmniGraffle, your iPad touch screen is your canvas (or graph paper, or whiteboard, or cocktail napkin…).
Sound and Score

was created for audio professionals by audio professionals. It’s powerful enough for the most experienced musicians and recording engineers, and its efficient workflow and intuitive interface makes it a breeze for business and casual use.


A film would not be complete without its score. The app will help a composer know how much music is needed for each scene. Simply enter the various timings and the composer can select different time signatures, tempos, and other settings to have all the data needed to begin scoring the film. A wonderful tool that should make composers’ lives much easier.


This personal shortcut assistant is a powerful learning tool that puts the complete list of Final Cut Pro 7 commands in the palm of your hands! With over 800 commands, shortcuts, and definitions at your fingertips, you’ll find your knowledge of Final Cut Pro 7 grow in leaps and bounds, regardless of whether you are a beginner or experienced pro!

AJA Data Calc

The AJA DataCalc computes storage requirements for professional video and audio media.

Film Editor’s Calculator

The Film Editor’s Calculator is a valuable tool for any film editor which allows you to calculate feet and frames for 35mm motion picture film. The calculator’s database also gives you information such as manufacturer and film stock based on the keycode’s prefix. The keycode calculator interface is very simple to use and is helpful when working with film at the bench or working with telecines on an editing system.

With Gradiest, your iPad and iPad2 will work as a wireless control surface for the Mac OS version of First Light.

Multi-Touch Color Wheels
Keyframe Control
Adjustable Sensitivity
3D Alignment


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