Industry Software and Apps

There are more and more available software and apps that relate to the arts & entertainment industry. Some of them have become the industry standards, whereas others are ones to try or just have fun with in your down time.

Do your homework on each to see what works best for you and your creative endeavors, and get the ones that are best for what you do. Here are some of the ones we’ve found in our hunt. (We’ve provided links to Amazon.com where we were able.)

Software

Screenwriting

Dramatica Pro
This software will help with character development and plot formation. Click here to purchase.

Dramatica Story Expert
Cast and build your characters, plot out your story, layer in themes with universal meaning, and put it all together into scenes to form a solid step outline. Click here to purchase.

Final Draft
The Final Draft software has become the industry standard for screenwriting and formatting. Click here to purchase.

Movie Magic Screenwriter
Movie Magic is another widely used screenwriting software. Click here to purchase.

ScriptBuddy
A web-based application with no software to install.

WriterDuet
A web-based application with no software to install, WriterDuet also gives options for offline writing, collaboration, and registration, as well as opportunities for writing competitions.

 

Acting

PerformerTrack
This subscription-based online software helps actors keep track of their auditions, callbacks, and bookings, including contacts, marketing materials, and business-related expenses.

 

Producing & Directing

Showbiz Budgeting & Actualization
A software for creating a budget for a commercials, music video, feature film, television, corporate video, post production, and still photography.

Movie Magic Budgeting
Entertainment Partners’ widely-used software for budgeting and cost estimation for all types of productions.

Movie Magic Scheduling
Entertainment Partners’ software for creating an actionable schedule for a project, from script to production to post.

Scenechronize
An online application of production and scheduling tools. Check out the free version.

 

Film & Video Editing

Final Cut Pro
It’s had some changes over the years, but see Apple’s Final Cut Pro for a non-linear editing software application.

Avid Technology
Avid specializes in video and audio production technology, and specifically in digital non-linear editing systems.

Adobe Systems
Adobe has several software applications that are used in the film and video editing process, such as Premiere Proand After Effects.

Other Helpful Tools

inEntertainment
Software designed specifically for the entertainment industry, managing call sheets, talent, accounting, and more.

Tagetik
Cloud software for corporate management in the media and entertainment industries.

Apps

Screenwriting

Celtx Script
Taking the same Celtx software and making it available on your mobile device.

Fade In
A clean, straightforward app for writing and formatting without all of the extra bells and whistles that can get in the way.

Final Draft Writer & Reader
The Final Draft software also has two apps for iPhones and iPads.

Lists for Writers
Brainstorming lists for writers based on characters, settings, plot points, and more.

Storyist
A writing app for screenplays and novels, with index card support, customizable plot & character sheets, and the ability to display them next to your manuscript while you write.

Acting

Actor Genie
Provide actors with info about what is currently being casted in N.Y.C. and L.A. in terms of film and television.

Casting360
This app will alert you to upcoming casting calls.

Rehearsal 2
A bit pricey, but this is one of the most powerful apps for organizing your script for auditions and rehearsals.

Stop Acting
An acting coach in an app, developed over many years.

Voice Over Self Direction
A voiceover coach in an app, with practice scripts and emotion triggers & suggestions.

Producing & Directing

Celtx Shot
A pre-visualization tool for planning your shots ahead of time.

Digital Clapper
A great Google app for synching sound and video devices on set.

Film Touch
A personal callsheet manager for film industry crew members, allowing the importing of PDF call sheets.

MapAPic
A location scouting app for photographers and film makers that organizes all your shoot locations, with geotags, pictures, tags and notes, and more.

Shot Designer
Creates animated camera diagrams, with shot list, storyboards and director’s viewfinder.

ShotPro
Pre-visualization to filmmakers and storyboard artists on the iPad with an easy-to-use interface to build compelling 3D scenes, characters, props, highly controllable lighting, cameras, searchable notes and exportable movies.

Simple DoF
Measures distance and focal length for any given subject.

Sun Seeker
There are a lot of good sun tracking apps out there for getting a handle on sunlight times and angles; here’s one we really like.

Film & Video Editing

iMovie
An app that makes it easy to splice together shot footage, adding titles, music, voiceovers and photos.

Pinnacle Studio
For quickly editing video, audio, and photos.

PowerDirector
A app for Android for timeline video editing, with lots of cool free video effects and other features.

Other Helpful Tools

Celtx
There are a ton of Celtx apps for different aspects of the entertainment industry, many of them are free.

Dropbox
Store or share your stuff securely in the cloud.

IMDb
Keep track of every person, film, show, agency, and more in this Internet movie database.

Meetup
Get plugged into groups that are into what you’re into – and there are a lot of film and entertainment groups available.