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.)
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.
A web-based application with no software to install.
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.
This subscription-based online software helps actors keep track of their auditions, callbacks, and bookings, including contacts, marketing materials, and business-related expenses.
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.
An online application of production and scheduling tools. Check out the free version.
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 specializes in video and audio production technology, and specifically in digital non-linear editing systems.
Taking the same Celtx software and making it available on your mobile device.
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.
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.
Provide actors with info about what is currently being casted in N.Y.C. and L.A. in terms of film and television.
This app will alert you to upcoming casting calls.
A bit pricey, but this is one of the most powerful apps for organizing your script for auditions and rehearsals.
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.
A pre-visualization tool for planning your shots ahead of time.
A great Google app for synching sound and video devices on set.
A personal callsheet manager for film industry crew members, allowing the importing of PDF call sheets.
A location scouting app for photographers and film makers that organizes all your shoot locations, with geotags, pictures, tags and notes, and more.
Creates animated camera diagrams, with shot list, storyboards and director’s viewfinder.
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.
Measures distance and focal length for any given subject.
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.
There are a ton of Celtx apps for different aspects of the entertainment industry, many of them are free.
Store or share your stuff securely in the cloud.
Keep track of every person, film, show, agency, and more in this Internet movie database.
Get plugged into groups that are into what you’re into – and there are a lot of film and entertainment groups available.