Where else could we start really? The Apple editor is intuitive and easy for students of all ages to use, If you're looking for a one-stop shop to introduce kids to film-making, this really is a great choice and it can be harnessed across the whole curriculum. The built in trailer designer is also superb.
GREENSCREEN BY DO INK
Open up a world of imaginative digital storytelling using this great green screen tool from Do Ink. Simply set up a pure green backdrop and then use the app to replace it with anything from a newsroom to an alien world. The in-app options are versatile and include the ability to combine up to three image sources at a time. Brilliant.
Function like a real film crew with this unqiue approach to app-based film making. Connect up to five devices over wifi or bluetooth, with one acting as the director/editor and the others as cameras. The feeds from each camera broadcast transfer to the main device and can then be edited live on the master device. True collaborative learning in action!
ACTION MOVIE FX
Want to raise engagement levels in your class? Action Movie FX is a sure fire answer. This special effects app, developed by director JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Studios, brings a little Hollywood magic to any film project. Simply select your chosen effect (tidal wave, alien attack, explosions etc) and the app will effectively superimpose it onto your shot.
The evolution of storyboarding is at your fingertips with this fully 3D designer. Select from a range of characters, props and backgrounds to compose your scene then manipulate them with ease. You can annoatate with arrows, speech bubbles and even record audio comments for each scene. In fact this pre-production app is so comprehensive that you may not even end up shooting the actual film!
Cool little teaser trailer maker that boasts one very special feature - the vocal talents of acclaimed voiceover artist Jonathan Cook. Choose from banks of his narration to sew together your images and video clips into a slick, professional looking movie trailer in just a matter of minutes. Great as a lead-in to a larger project or for shorter, standalone tasks.
Anyone who has experience of film-making will know how crucial scheduling and shot listing is. Introduce students to these necessities with this superb organisational tool that's packed with logical, useful features. Change your production plans live and with ease so that you make the most of filming time. A Pro version, via subscription, opens up even more features.
SloPro has long been a favoured app of ours as it is reliable and super easy to use. Slow footage down to as much as a remarkable 1000 frames per second to create that stylish, breath-taking moment you need. The app also allows you to speed footage up - great for comedy chase sequences. Beyond actual film projects, it will work wonders during scientific investigations.
Nothing suits the end of a film more than a classic slow crawl credit roll. With this app you can create just that and dthen insert into other apps like iMovie to tag on the end of a larger project. It features a database of background images but to be honest, a plain black screen is always a good option!
An important part of the pre-production process will always be getting the script right. Storyist is the best choice for an iOS scriptwriting app. Start with index cards and planner sheets then use the built in screenplay format to set your story out the way the professionals do. Scripts can be revised, annotated and edited with ease.
TIZA DSLR SLATE
The iPad actually makes for a really effective digital clapperboard. We looked at several options as there are lots available but this one from Tiza. Rather than just produce an effective replica of a traditional slate, they redesigned it to streamline the use and maximise the potential. Best of all it's bold, bright and clear.
CINEMEK STORYBOARD COMPOSER HD
Another storyboard option and a very good one at that uses photos to compose the boards. Simply take images during the pre-production phase (perhaps whilst location scouting) then you can annotate them with both stage and camera directions. Completed storybaords can then be played back in real time. A really good option.
CLOSE-UP FILM LANGUAGE GLOSSARY
Film theory apps are becoming increasingly well delivered. This is still a firm favourite though as it is comprehensive and well-organised. Nearly 400 entries relating to specific aspects of film language are categorised carefully using visaul markers. The checklist system that is also included makes for an effective film analysis tool.
Filmic Pro is the multi-award winning HD video camera app that is your ebst option when actually shooting your film projects. Features include 4x zoom and full control over focus, exposure, white balance and frame rates. You can even monitor and control the audio levels as well. There's a separate Filmic Remote app available too.
One problem with filming on an iPad can be that the footage looks a little like a home movie. Give your clips a distinctly traditional "old school" feel with this Super 8 camera effect app. Adding dirt, scratches and grain will produce a great vintage effect. Especially good for historical projects or news reports.
Another handy tool for the film set is this teleprompter app, Turn an iPad into a prompt for lines or directions, with control over the pacing with which it displays. It's particularly useful for news report filming or when working with young actors who struggle to remember their lines.
We wanted a stop motion animation app on the film-making list and after much debate, decided to go with Smoovie. Why this and not I Can Animate or other similar apps? Smoovie is the only stop motion app that allows you to record content as scenes which can then be brought together without the need to jump out into something like iMovie.
Videolicious is a great option for editing clips together as it makes things even more streamlined than iMovie. Tap and talk to add narration, insert music and even apply a range of filters. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in ease of use and pace of production.
Absolutely essential for any film studies student. This great app allows you to view hundreds of classic public domain films and even upload your own mp4 files into the app. Use the tags in the notes section to look for common themes and techniques and take notes and screenshots as a part of your studies.
Want a more full scale editor than iMovie on your iPad? Pinnacle Studio is a great option and comes complete with all the tools you'll need to edit with precision. It comes with motion titling and more than a dozen transition effects as well as the ability to layer effects using the Montage feature. Comprehensive yet accessible.
Shot Designer is different to storyboard apps as it allows you to create animated, birds-eye view diagrams of camera movements. Simply set out the icons for the camera and cast then manoevre them as you wish. It's really effective and quick to master. You can also build a shot list and link each shot to its diagram.
SILENT FILM STUDIO
Another app for aging your video clips but this time we’re talking seriously old as the effects here mimic the grand age of silent cinema. It uses a set of pre-made themes to keep things simple and even comes complete with the classic style title cards that are synonymous with the era.