Apple explores how iPad is making student films easier and better

Apple has released another video in their ongoing creative series — "Make a film with iPad". It features student directors from the Los Angeles County High School, including Juliet Chin, Miu Jun, and Chester Milton, as well as excerpts from Martin Scorsese's commencement speech to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014.

"Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. Let the learning continue." — Martin ScorseseiPad is the ultimate tool for independent filmmakers. Learn how the students of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts relied on iPad to create films in a matter of days.

Some of the apps and accessories in the video include:

Apple also has an extended list of apps for film making on the App Store:

  • Make a film with iPad — Apps

As much as some people insist on making fun of the iPad as photography and video tool, the large view finder makes it excellent for pro-consumer use. The 8mp iSight camera on the iPad Air 2 makes it technically excellent as well.

Hopefully this inspires more students, and more people, to pick up and iPad and make something great.

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  • Can't really comment on the other apps, but FILMIC is nice. I haven't used any of the others except for GarageBand and that was just me goofing off. Sent from the iMore App
  • When I see such ads, I always wonder if they really do that in real life or just advertising
  • People do work. And they do use the best tools available to them. Agreed most iPads are used to crush candys and participate in clan wars. But then it does have insanely tremendous potential and some one is going to use it in these ways. And these kinds of apps do exist in the App Store and more apps are being made. Which means they are profitable to make. So yes. People do that in real life.
  • No one serious about filmmaking would be caught dead using an iPad. An iPad is for really bad amateurs.
  • ...or for people learning the ropes. No, you are not going to develop a feel for lens choice or film stock with an iPad, but it does open the craft up to more people, just like camcorders did, and Super8 before them. And the more people who practice the craft, the deeper the pool from which "serious" filmmakers who wish to learn more can emerge. Yes, there will be a ton of crap produced, but, as the saying goes, 90% of everything is crap. Wider availability of tools will help grow that 10%, too. Sent from the iMore App
  • Totally agree. In school its about getting it done. Yeah, using film would be better but its not an option for most. This teaches movement and framing and simply story telling. Wish I had access to these devices when I went to film school. The Avid Media Composer was cutting edge back then, Apple's FCP didn't even exist.
  • No film student and I know this for a fact would be never caught dead using an iPad. They would rather eat at fist full of nails.
  • As a film student you are 100% wrong. None of us would be ever caught using an iPad. We would rather eat a fist full of nails. Next time do some research instead or accepting what Apple says as pure gospel.
  • Funny thing, I heard the same thing when we started to learn digital editing. You don't know what the next generation will accept. Using video felt normal when I was a kid because it was so readily available as Super 8 was waning. They might not be using iPads but it will be different. As a photographer I'd never thought I would go completely digital. I was one of those that wouldn't leave the darkroom (literally, my girlfriend would have to come get me). Yeah sure shooting with an Airflex on 35 would be great (or even 16) but most of the next gen will be shooting digitally. An iPad is the Super8 of this generation.
  • You are a total knob.
  • You are a shining example of why many "film students" fail to ever become film makers.
    As someone who works in Film and Television I certainly don't use an iPad or iPhone for high end production work. That said I have used iPhone footage and rough cut scenes to block out before shooting.
    And why not use it to learn the basics of shooting a scene, blocking action, trying out how to break the rules?
    Why waste film or taking the time to light a scene and kit out a "real" camera just to try something out?
    The camera on an iPhone beats DV cameras that many shows and short films have been made with.
    Pinnicle and iMovie iPad has more tools then the first Avids we used to cut with.
    But please do tell us all how you know so much better then us... you're showing how inexperienced you are.
  • Yeah you are a liar.
  • What does that even mean?
  • A recent television episode was filmed with iPhones and iPads. Sent from the iMore App
  • And it was an embarrassment.
  • @ cordawgfrito, Good luck in your career.
    I hope you find happiness in your life.
    Right now you sound sad.
  • *Of course* a film student is going to want to work with Zeiss lenses, given the choice. So will every cinematographer in the industry. Big deal. Budgets matter in the industry, too, and the test of creativity is not what you would do with unlimited resources, but what you can accomplish with what you have. Say, for instance, you want at least 16mm, but only have a secondhand video camera instead. Are you going to stop working and eat a fistfull of nails, or make Paranormal Activity? (Or Citizen Four, if you have a documentary bent?) So yes, everybody knows that iPads are crappy substitutes for "real" gear. Big deal. If that is all you can get, you can eat a fistfull of nails, and stagnate as an artist, or you can grab what creative experience you can, and use that to grow. Heck, look at how Spielberg made "Escape to Nowhere" as a 12 year old using secondhand materials and his friends, and leveraged that into progressively bigger and better things. (I love his trick for gunshots on the ground.) Now, if you are at NYU or USC and have access to whatever tools you want, whenever you want, more power to you. But recognize that is a circumstance, not the art itself. A filmmaker who defines himself by his tools limits himself to those tools, and thats the surest way for a student to stop learning before they even leave school.