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Smartphone Filmmaking Resources

Get geared up for your SOCAPA Online camp and get the most out of your smartphone, tablet or pocket camera!

Manual Camera Apps

Filmic Pro

The app that the pros use. Learn how to master FiLMiC Pro V6 with the ultimate jump start guide and take control of the new manual arc sliders, custom white balance, focus peaking and live analytics, the new LOGv2 picture profile and much more in this epic tutorial.

$14.99

Open Camera

Open Camera is a fully featured and completely free Camera app.

Free

ProShot

ProShot brings the familiar right to your pocket. With an array of modes and controls that are recognizable to the seasoned photographer, its design remains accessible to users of all skill levels.

$4.99

Recommended Gear

smartphone on gimbal

A Tripod & Tripod Mound

Propping your phone against a mug or a tree just won't cut it for most narrative films. Even a cheap extending tripod and a phone mount will allow you to get the shots you need at the height you need.

With so many options out there, just shop around. Even buy the first cheap one you find - it's sure to be better than the mug or tree method. Below are some things to consider. But don't over think it - to take your filmmaking to the next level you'll want to invest in a more professional tripod with a fluid head anyway.

  1. Tripod extends to at least your eye level
  2. Mounts your camera
  3. Has a handle for pans and tilts
  4. Fluid head (that's great, but not necessary)

smartphone on gimbal

Lenses

One of the biggest disadvantages of a pocket camera is that you are limited to a single, often fixed, focal length lens. Thankfully, we're in luck. There are so many innovative clip-on lenses out there that will extend your visual story-telling abilities. Don't worry about quality - you'd be better off buying a simple DSLR camera and zoom lens - buy for the fun and creativity of them all.

  1. Clip-on Lenses and Filters - $15.99
  2. Clip-on 3 in 1 - $11.99

Tips

A Guide to Better Audio

It's all about sound! Good sound can make or break a movie. First off, consider if dialog is even necessary for your scene. Your phone mic is optimal at around 6 inches, anything more could actually detract from the viewer's experience. Consider ADR (ask your teacher about that) or visual storytelling instead. If that can't be helped or if you are recording ADR, watch this video and get the best audio from your pocket camera.

Lighting for Smartphones

Learn how to get the best image out of your smartphone camera.