4 iPhone Apps that make filmmaking easier

Anyone who makes films has found themselves carrying around a lot of gear. Cameras, lenses, light meters, slates, tripods… and so much more. Of course, smart phones have made life easier for everyone by shrinking and consolidating lots of useful tools. Here are four useful iPhone apps (some also for Android) that you can use to reduce your gear load while maximizing your smart phone on set.

Cine Meter & Cine Meter II

Get Cine Meter ($4.99) & Cine Meter II ($24.99) at the iTunes Store.


From the creator:

Cine Meter is a professional film/video/photo application for your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®, using the built-in camera to provide a shutter-priority reflected light meter, an RGB waveform monitor, and a false-color picture mode.Cine Meter works on any camera-equipped iDevice running iOS 5.1 or higher.

The light meter shows you the stop to set as decimal readings (such as f/5.0, good for cameras with EVF iris readouts) or full stops and fractions (like f/4.0 ⅔, good for cine lenses with marked iris rings). You can calibrate Cine Meter to match other meters to a tenth of a stop, and take readings using matrix or spot metering.

The waveform monitor shows you how light levels vary within and across a scene. It shows you how even the lighting is on a greenscreen or white cove, and lets you see hotspots and imbalances at a glance. The waveform’s RGB mode shows you color imbalances in the image and gives you a handy way to check for color purity on a greenscreen or bluescreen.

The false-color picture lets you define allowable contrast ranges, and see instantly which shadows are underexposed and what highlights risk clipping

LuxMeter Pro


Get LuxMeter Pro ($1.99) at the iTunes Store

LuxMeter Pro measures light, and gives you accurate readings about exposure and, most importantly, color temperature. No longer do you need to trust your camera’s auto-white-balance settings, or rely on pre-sets for color balance. Use LuxMeter Pro to read the color of your scene and set your white balance to accurately represent your lighting setup.


MovieSlate 8


Get MovieSlate8 ($29.99) at the iTunes Store

From the creator:

This professional film and video production tool is the easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot— saving you valuable time later when capturing/editing, and creating reports. All at a mere fraction of a bulky digital clapperboard’s cost.

How MovieSlate can help you. MovieSlate is a slate and clapper board traditional movie-making tools for syncing picture with sound, and photographing shot/production info when starting and ending takes.MovieSlate logs notes and info effortlessly as you shoot. With accurate notes, you’ll save time by capturing only the good footage during post production.

MovieSlate exports notes and logs to files of various formats— so you can:

  • Generate Daily Shot Reports
  • Maintain long-term History Archives
  • Ingest shot data into Apple Final Cut Pro 7 & X, Avid Media Composer, and Adobe Premiere and Prelude

Easy Release


Get Easy Release ($9.99) at the iTunes Store. Also available for Android.

One very important part of filmmaking is getting permission from your subjects. For larger projects, documentary work, and generally anytime you film someone you should get their permission. Easy Release is a quick app that lets you set up release forms, including the project and info about the subject, and have them sign on your phone or tablet. Generate a PDF to email to them instantly, and keep a record for yourself.