As a video production company, we’ve been searching for a good production form app for sometime now, and believe we’ve finally found something worth sticking with. Dealing with talents, freelancers, editors, cameraman and crew often requires a lot of paperwork, so it’s good to have a helping hand when it comes to organising production forms.
The Cinema Forms apps from Ikan comes as a welcome release to many in the TV and film production industry. This app effortlessly handles all your pre-production, production and post-production forms including: shot sheets, legal agreements, talent and location release, call sheets and much more. Ikan have all bases covered with over 90 forms, and more coming in updates.
The app is primarily targeted at iPad users and its primary aims are to reduce paperwork and clean-up logistics. The app also supports common storage devices and solutions, such as Dropbox, iCloud, email and PDF formats. Furthermore, the app offers a great deal of versatility and can be used on a single iPad, or multiple iPads, allowing for easy syncing and sharing forms to get signatures. This can be invaluable, especially when shooting on location and reducing the time spent on bureaucracy and chasing up after everyone has dispersed.
The Call Sheet, for instance has all the usual fields you would expect to see and has a simple WYSIWG editor for fonts. Once you’re done completing the form, there’s a share icon that lets you send the completed form to the desired recipients.
Many of the basic forms such as call sheets, daily notes, shot lists etc. come as standard with the app. However, there are premium forms such as legal agreements, deal memos and some other templates, which have to be purchased using the app shopping cart. These are fairly reasonably priced, and as the app develops more and more forms will become available.
The Cinema Forms Apps provides a very intuitive and sophisticated forms app. Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be any other production forms app that comes close. Production personnel are looking more and more into integrating their iPads into their daily activities, so when an app like Cinema Forms comes along it’s a perfect match. It will be interesting to see if the competition rise to the occasion and release something that matches or betters the Cinema Forms. If you’ve tried the app, we’d love to know what your thoughts on it are?