Useful Smartphone Apps for Film / TV Production

08.04.2017 Industry


With the rising use of smartphones in our daily lives, it’s easy to forget how valuable of a tool it can be professionally. If you have a smartphone sitting in your pocket right now, you have access to many different tools that could make your life easier while on set. Whether you are an experienced crew member or a PA starting out his or her career, these apps can be a great tool for reference or learning. Let’s take a look at a few of the many possibilities out on the market today.

set Lighting & theGripApp

These two apps can be a lifesaver if you are starting out in the film industry. It can be tricky to identify different equipment – especially with all the lists of different equipment available by department. The two applications are both an instructional and educational tool great for referencing various lighting equipment and grip. set Lighting lists lighting equipment from various manufacturers and their specs, while theGripApp features grip and other useful information for starting out as a PA. The apps include equipment from popular manufacturers such as Arri, Mole Richardson, Kino Flo, Dedo, CMC, K5600 Lighting, Kobald, Briese, Airstar, and many more.

Both of these apps are available on the App Store at a cost of $7.99 – but the seller also offers G&E Lite, a free version which combines features from both applications.

ARRI Photometrics App 4.0

ARRI has always been the go-to for many productions and its lighting technicians in the the film and broadcast industry. As with all professional grade equipment, the technical specifications are of the utmost importance.

ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems, and it’s got one of the easiest mobile apps to use in the industry as well: the recently updated ARRI Photometrics App provides a free tool that lays out the technical specifications all of its various fixtures. The app was previously only available for iOS, but has been ported to Android as well with the 4.0 update. It also has an interactive browser friendly version, although it does not list as many products as the app does, nor does it have many of the features that the app boasts.

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer is a quick and intuitive way to create overhead lighting plots for film, theater, television, concerts, and anything else you can light. The wide selection of equipment and simple yet powerful interface makes it easier than ever to illustrate and communicate your lighting setups, all from a versatile mobile device. Lighting Designer is available both on iPhone and iPad, and is perfect for tech scouts who need mobile planning for their next set or shoot. The App is updated frequently, and is available on the App Store for $24.99.

Other Useful Apps

Although not as comprehensive as the other apps, Pocket Light Meter is another app that is a must have. Instead of carrying around a physical light meter, the app allows you to measure reflected light and allows reciprocity calculations. TechScout Touch by LITEGEAR is another useful app, although it hasn’t seen updates in quite some time. The app description quotes It’s like having your own Best Boy, even if you are one.” It makes life easier for cinematographers, lighting designers, gaffers, and best boys to create lighting equipment lists on the go. Both apps are free, and can be found on the App Store.

Author of the Article: Parlay Studios

Parlay Studios is a 50,000 sf. photography and digital media production campus serving leading creatives and brands from around the world. Our state-of-the-art photography and video production complex is home to a selection of versatile studios and environments.

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