iPhone and iPad apps for Film and Television production

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Most of these are applicable to my work on set as a Visual Effects Supervisor, but many iPhone/iPad users might find them useful.


Impressive director's viewfinder app - easier to lug around then an actual finder. Allows you to change format and lens, as well as saving pictures with metadata. Combine with Artemis Remote to wirelessly send image from Artemis iPhone app to director's iPad. Sometimes this can be a bit slow or funky in a production environment, but it can be useful.


A must have level and slope finder app. I've calibrated it with my Suunto PM-5 analog clinometer and it is usually within 1 degree of accuracy.

DSLR Camera Remote

Control your Nikon or Canon DSLR with your iPhone/iPad via a WiFi enabled computer. NOTE you need to have your DSLR tethered to the computer. It features remote triggering, remote DSLR camera adjustment settings, Image Review, Live View, Intervalometer and Auto Bracketing for HDR. It is a very cool app in theory and often in application, but it can have connection issues and I am not sure I would want to be relying on it with 100+ crew members waiting around for me to run down a gremlin.


It has been awhile since this has been updated, but great for use as an insert slate


A Google Map like app that shows the elevation and angle of the Sun for a particular day and time.

pCam Film+Digital Calculator

The default must have cinematography and still photography calculator. Depth of Field, Splits, Field of View, Focal Length Match, Exposure, Running Time to Length, Shooting to Screen Time, HMI Flicker Free, Color Correction, Diopter, Macro, Time Lapse, Light Coverage, Scene Illumination, Dog and cats, Living together. This is like Felix's Bag of Tricks.


I'm using this is a replacement for the soon to be retired MobileMe. Allows cloud storage as well as posting or sending files too large to email. You can also sync folders and share photo albums with specific people or teams. A must have for folks that work remotely. It is similar to DropBox, but I prefer the functionality of SugarSync.

Sun Seeker

Amazing App. Shows solar path in hourly intervals via a Compass, Map or Augmented Reality Camera 3-D View.

Written by:

William Powloski - Visual Effects Supervisor

Editors addendum: Theodolite Pro 



As described by iTunes:

Based on a centuries-old astronomical instrument, Theodolite is a cool new multi-function augmented reality app for the iPhone that serves as a compass, GPS, map, zoom camera, rangefinder, and two-axis inclinometer. Theodolite overlays real time information about position, altitude, bearing, and horizontal/vertical inclination on the iPhone’s live camera image, like an electronic viewfinder.