people can now make some quite interesting videos and footages today just using
a smart phone. Most smart phones today come with video making features that enable
even the amateur to make relatively good videos. The iPhone, especially is at
the top of its class in this regard. However, you will most likely need to get
some extra accessories and apps going if you want to achieve the maximum
quality out of the device. Another thing to consider is that the iPhone is a
perfect accessory for a filmmaker as apps can bring you a function that might
help your traditional workflow.
likelihood is that you already carry your phone with you everywhere, but as a
filmmaker or enthusiast, you can as well make it work extra when you are on set.
So, if you are looking for some recommendations for apps, I will like to share
filmmaker Armando Ferreira's A-list of his favorite apps for the iPhone. After
all, it is wise to listen to the professional.
you have ever been diserous of a director’s viewfinder but was never really
keen on paying so much cash for a piece of hardware; Cadrage gives you that
functionality with your phone. You can select a camera, the resolution/mode,
aspect ratios, and lenses. In fact, this
App alternative enables you get a real-time view through the iPhone’s camera
with frame lines for each of the lenses so you can preview your look on set.
It’s a perfectly functional director’s viewfinder.
App proves itself an amazing tool for doing location scouting or previz work. And,
if while on set you wonder how a different lens might work in this shot; you
can quickly check without wasting time swapping out the actual camera hardware.
Snap a picture on the camera too, and you can add all the details you might
want to help with planning.
you have all the images you can actually share the images and information as a
shot list for sharing with other team members. You can even use your own LUTs and
apply a look to get the image even closer to your plan.
2. LIGHT SPECTRUM PRO
meters are incredible tools – even if they are quickly becoming obsolete since
digital took over. A modern colorimeter still costs a good deal of money and if
you don’t need perfection your phone with the LightSpectrum Pro app can give
you a very good color reading.
For Armando, his main use case is for white balance. And the good thing is that it can be used anywhere to get a color temperature reading and can set a manual white balance to get the cleanest footage you can. He also claims it is very accurate even compared to traditional light meters. I guess we can take the professional word for it.
3. SUN SEEKER
planning a shoot, we often give considerable thought to the amount of light
available to us and how it can impact on our final product, consequently, we
often want to check how light will look at the location before you show up and realize
the sun sets an hour earlier due to a building or hill. Sun Seeker will show you
an impressive amount of detail on when and where the light will shine on your shoot.
get real-time data on your current location as well and in these cases you can hold
the camera up and get a view of the sun’s current location and where it will move
in the coming hours. This is perfect for seeing how much time you have before you
want to start or how much time before you need to wrap up.
is very essential here, and the app will support looking at positions far into the
future. Say, if you were doing location work in the summer for a film you plan to
shoot in winter you’ll want to make sure that you can get the lighting you want
since the sun’s positions and movements can vary dramatically.
are plenty of other views to see where the sun will be in relation to location.
It can even show you golden and blue hours which are prime shooting times for many.
HARDWARE: POLARPRO LITECHASER PRO
want to take your phone videos up a notch you’ll want to pick up an ND filter for
it. Armando loves the PolarPro LiteChaser Pro Variable ND. It does exactly what
it does on any camera. PolarPro makes a case for iPhones, though at the moment it
seems the case for the iPhone 12 is a little hard to come by. Right now you can
easily pick up a case for the iPhone 11 Pro.
benefit of the case is an optional hand grip. Phones are far from comfortable for
filmmaking. This setup makes it easier to hold for longer shooting times and brings
added functionality, like 1/4”-20 threads and an optional shutter release.
4. CAMERAS + FORMATS
filmmaking is a highly technical field, with often boring stuff like codecs,
file sizes, transfer speeds, battery life, etc. There are also just too many
different cameras and formats out there. If you want to do some comparisons,
figure out the needs for a particular shoot, or make sure you are getting the
best quality for your next camera rental the Cameras + Formats app is an
encyclopedia of this information.
stays updated with practical information on the latest cameras. It includes
things like native ISO, dynamic range, formats, and it does this with greater
detail than you may find on the manufacturer’s basic spec sheet at launch. A
cool part is seeing what codecs are compatible with certain NLEs. Plus, there
are comparisons for checking out different models.