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From Script to Screen

Make a great film with these auteur-approved apps.

It’s never been easier to shoot an award-worthy movie on your iPhone or iPad. Just follow the classic tenets of filmmaking: Start with the right script, film each shot with care, and pull it all together in editing. For Hollywood productions this can require a massive cast and crew, but these apps let you do more on your own while staying on budget.

Preproduction

A great film starts with great inspiration—not to mention meticulous prep and planning. These apps help you script and storyboard with ease.

The pros’ go-to tool for writing and formatting screenplays.

    Final Draft Mobile

    It all starts with a script

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Automatically turns your back-of-the-napkin scrawl into a screenplay.

    Untitled - Screenwriting Notes

    Screenplay writing reimagined

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An elegant blank notebook ideal for jotting down ideas and sketching out storyboarding.

    Paper by WeTransfer

    Sketch with confidence

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Browse and read screenplays of major motion pictures for research and inspiration.

    Weekend Read

    Productivity

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On set

You may not have the luxury of a full production crew, but these apps let you wear multiple hats on set, whether as director, cinematographer, producer, or script supervisor. (You’ll still need actors, though.)

A best-in-class pro-level video camera app that was used to shoot the indie Sundance hit Tangerine.

    FiLMiC Pro-Video Camera

    Cinema Quality Video Capture

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Reach for this vintage camera when you want a retro look. Used to film some scenes of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

    8mm Vintage Camera

    Shoot authentic retro films

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Reproduces different camera types, aspect ratios, and lens combos to help you set up shots and block scenes.

    Artemis Pro

    The Pro Director's viewfinder

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Simulates how sunlight and shadows will fall at a specific time and location so you can plan the optimal shot.

    Helios Pro

    Photo & Video

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A virtual clapboard and shot log.

    MovieSlate® 8

    Clapperboard, Logging, Reports

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Postproduction

Whether you’re editing scenes or dropping in a VFX fighter jet, these apps bring the magic together onscreen.

Turn home videos into beautiful movies and Hollywood-style trailers.

    iMovie

    Turn videos into movie magic

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Blockbuster film VFX made simple, developed by J.J. Abrams’ production company.

    Action Movie FX

    Entertainment

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A mobile video-editing tool that offers nearly as much power and flexibility as pro desktop editing apps.

    LumaFusion

    Pro video editing and effects

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A collaborative editing platform and workflow for professional postproduction teams.

    Frame.io

    Video Review and Collaboration

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