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Making a Movie Using Your Android Phone

Armed with only an Android phone, you have all the tools you need to become a serious filmmaker or a YouTube sensation. Although the cameras on an Android Smartphone aren’t quite professional quality (yet), there are a variety of useful apps for the aspiring film maker, including apps to help write an award-winning script, recruit a talented cast and edit the final version of the film. Follow these steps if you'd like to make and release a movie with just your cell phone.

Write The Script
If you use Fade In Professional Screenwriting Software to capture your movie ideas in script format on your computer, you can do the same on your Android with the Fade In Mobile app. Each feature within the original suite has been redesigned to integrate perfectly with the Android platform allowing you to move easily between your computer and smartphone. Features include:

  • Ability to import screenplays in a wide variety of formats

 

  • Professional script formatting

 

  • Character and location selection tools

 

  • Efficient navigation

 

  • Seamless syncing using a Dropbox account

 

The Casting Couch
You can find just about anything on Craigslist including ambitious local talent. Add the free Craigslist Browser to your phone to scout the area for actors, actresses and the rest of your crew. If you're also in the market for props, scenery or a shooting location, you'll be able to find it all using this app. The Craigslist Browser allows you to:

  • Browse any US city with a Craigslist page

 

  • Reply to ads

 

  • Email listings to other contacts


The Editing Room
When the filming is done, you don't have to switch over to another device to edit your work. Instead, use one of these apps to complete the entire editing process:

  • VidTrim: This app is available in both a free and pro version. As both a video editor and an organizational tool, this is a great program for any film editor who likes to take their work with them.

 

  • Clesh Video Editor: Designed for advanced filmmakers, this app requires some editing experience to take full advantage of every feature.

 

  • Time-Lapse: A useful app if you want to fine-tune the captured material down to the microsecond.

 

  • Snip Video Trimmer: This easy-to-use tool lets you quickly remove parts of the film before release.

 

  • Android Movie Studio: This app is brand new, but it's expected to be the best film-editing app for the Android platform.

 

The Film Première
Once you have a finished product, upload it to the Internet for an online movie première. YouTube, the net's most popular video site, has released a new version of their YouTube Mobile app for the Android with several new and improved capabilities. This piece of software includes the following features:

  • Upload videos

 

  • Edit descriptions, titles and privacy settings

 

  • Manage playlists

 

  • Browse the site

 

  • Watch videos


If you prefer Vimeo over YouTube, the Vimeo Droid app interfaces with this alternative site. It allows users to view, upload and manage their own creations as well as view and comment on the works posted by other users.


Although nothing prevents you from transferring your Android-created masterpieces to any other medium, you might have better luck if you stick with YouTube or Vimeo. If your video goes viral, your film could make you a true overnight success!

Armed with only an Android phone, you have all the tools you need to become a serious filmmaker or a YouTube sensation. Although the cameras on an Android Smartphone aren’t quite professional quality (yet), there are a variety of useful apps for the aspiring film maker, including apps to help write an award-winning script, recruit a talented cast and edit the final version of the film. Follow these steps if you'd like to make and release a movie with just your cell phone:

Write The Script
If you use Fade In Professional Screenwriting Software to capture your movie ideas in script format on your computer, you can do the same on your Android with the Fade In Mobile app. Each feature within the original suite has been redesigned to integrate perfectly with the Android platform allowing you to move easily between your computer and smartphone.
Features include:

Ability to import screenplays in a wide variety of formats
Professional script formatting
Character and location selection tools
Efficient navigation
Seamless syncing using a Dropbox account

The Casting Couch
You can find just about anything on Craigslist including ambitious local talent. Add the free Craigslist Browser to your phone to scout the area for actors, actresses and the rest of your crew. If you're also in the market for props, scenery or a shooting location, you'll be able to find it all using this app.
The Craigslist Browser allows you to:

Browse any US city with a Craigslist page
Reply to ads
Email listings to other contacts

The Editing Room
When the filming is done, you don't have to switch over to another device to edit your work. Instead, use one of these apps to complete the entire editing process:

VidTrim: This app is available in both a free and pro version. As both a video editor and an organizational tool, this is a great program for any film editor who likes to take their work with them.

Clesh Video Editor: Designed for advanced filmmakers, this app requires some editing experience to take full advantage of every feature.

Time-Lapse: A useful app if you want to fine-tune the captured material down to the microsecond.

Snip Video Trimmer: This easy-to-use tool lets you quickly remove parts of the film before release.

Android Movie Studio: This app is brand new, but it's expected to be the best film-editing app for the Android platform.
The Film Première

Once you have a finished product, upload it to the Internet for an online movie première. YouTube, the net's most popular video site, has released a new version of their YouTube Mobile app for the Android with several new and improved capabilities. This piece of software includes the following features:

Upload videos
Edit descriptions, titles and privacy settings
Manage playlists
Browse the site
Watch videos

If you prefer Vimeo over YouTube, the Vimeo Droid app interfaces with this alternative site. It allows users to view, upload and manage their own creations as well as view and comment on the works posted by other users.
Although nothing prevents you from transferring your Android-created masterpieces to any other medium, you might have better luck if you stick with YouTube or Vimeo. If your video goes viral, your film could make you a true overnight success!

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