Using an iPad on a movie set

Vincent Laforet has posted an interesting report about how he’s using an iPad on a commercial set (same could be done on a movie set obviously). He says:

“As is often the case with commercial shoots – storyboards, shot lists, and schedules are constantly changing until the last minute (if not during the shoot itself). In this case critical information changed and was e-mailed to everyone just ten minutes before I arrived on set – the clients and creatives made some important changes to the storyboard.

Here’s where that can get tricky: I always like to arrive early to any job – at least 1-2 hours before my “call time.” Doing so helps me to relax and to feel ahead of the curve, it also allows me to chat with people and also to avoid any potential traffic nightmares in LA. The problem with doing this is that I am often out of touch during that time – i.e. away from my computer and printer for a few hours.

If schedules change, I can always deal with that on my iPhone, and the same goes for shot lists. But when storyboards change – that’s another issue entirely. Downloading storyboards in a trailer and printing them can take 10-15 minutes – way too long on set. And that’s where the iPad 3G comes in – I can download the files and view them on screen immediately – plus they are ALWAYS on hand from that point on (no more rolling them up and putting them in my back pants pocket…)”

There’s much more a href=”http://planetipad.com/9j5″>over on his blog but we thought we’d include the video he posted as well.

iPad On Commercial Set from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

A quick video that shows how the iPad is becoming a viable tool to bring on set – as we know, scripts, storyboards, shot lists and schedules are always changing until the very last second. Being able to download this new material while on location – and being able to reference them (and other videos/reference photographs) on set is a great to have at your fingertips. It sure beats having a stack of papers or folders of images – that are somehow never around at the critical moment that you need them.


Next, we’ll probably be seeing daily rushes etc on the iPad right?

planetMitch

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  1. Interesting you should mention dalies!
    I worked several months on CBS primetime show “Blue Bloods” starring Tom Selleck this year in NYC (as main camera Operator). After distributing the previous day’s footage to all concerned (Director, Dir. of Photography, Production Designer, Producer, and network biggies) the old-fashioned way, on non color-corrected DVD’s, the lab finally bought a dozen ipads. These were circulated between the key crew members, with the production office returning them daily to Deluxe lab for reloading and recharging. Simply sending iPads (sharp and vibrant display!) pre-loaded with the previous day’s work across town, and across the US via Fed Ex to “the Coast”, was the best solution…and dailies looked great!

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