7 cool film apps for the iPhone and iPad

7 cool film apps for the iPhone and iPad

By film apps I don’t mean apps for filmmakers, I mean films distributed as an app. I expect that this will become more and more popular as time goes on. The first iphone app I heard of for a film was for Sita Sings the Blues. Now you can find freelancers, companies like Stonehenge Productions and Mopix (to come) that will turn your film into an app. I also hope that as time goes on we will see companies really leveraging the features of the iOS to enhance the storytelling experience.

Here a list of 10 cool film apps for the iPhone.

  1. The Dark Night

OK even if this app sucked as long as the movie was in it, it probably would have made my list because I love this movie and pretty much all things Batman, except for the one that had the Governator in it.

Distributor’s Name: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) via iTunes store

Business Model: “The Dark Knight: App Edition” is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.itunes.com/appstore. The entire feature film and bonus materials can be purchased for $9.99 (US) through an In-App Purchase.

From the App Store description:
The Dark Knight: App Edition,” protected by Widevine, allows consumers to download a permanent copy of the film to their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, or stream it through the App. They can watch over three hours of bonus clips; explore a rich gallery of photos and trailers; test their film knowledge with interactive video trivia; listen to memorable one-liners and export them as ringtones; post Twitter and Facebook updates; and monitor relevant movie buzz in real time.

2. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

So this is actually a book and short film rolled into an iPad app to provide a truly interactive storytelling experience.

3. Inception

Another from Warner Brothers. They are doing a good job of packing a bunch of features into their app.

Distributor’s Name: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) via the iTunes store

Business Model: The “Inception: App Edition” is available for free through the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore. The entire feature film and bonus materials can be purchased through an In-App Purchase at an introductory price of $11.99 (US).

From the App Store Description:

“Inception: App Edition” will not only allow fans to download or stream the blockbuster film, they can also enjoy exclusive bonus materials including three never-before-released tracks from the Academy Award® nominated score composed by Hans Zimmer that can be streamed via Airplay. The App also includes concept art, productions stills, movie poster artwork, bonus video showing a behind-the-scenes look at how Christopher Nolan’s unique vision was brought to life, and copies of “The PASIV Device Instruction Manual” and “The Cobol Job” comic.

 

4. Sita Sings the Blues

 

Distributor’s Name: iTunes Store

Business Model: The “Sita Sings the Blues” App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or the itunes.com/appstore at http://itunes.apple.com.The complete Sita Sings the Blues movie is now available FREE for the iPhone.

From the app store description:

The filmmaker juxtaposes multiple narrative and visual styles to create a highly entertaining yet moving vision of the Ramayana (an Indian epic).Musical numbers choreographed to the 1920’s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw feature a cast of hundreds. Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as “The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.”

5. Sync or Swim

Distributor: Stonehenge Productions through iTunes in the App Store

Business Model: The “Sync or Swim” FilmApp is available for free through the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore.The app comes with just the trailer and some extra videos. The entire film can be purchased through an In-App Purchase, which enables downloading, as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the app.

Some of the bonus features that come with the app are as follows: the buyer gets the opportunity to purchase the DVD; try their hands at synchro trivia game; get news feeds from the director, blog & USA synchro on the go; watch clips from the film and links to Facebook.

6. Race to Nowhere

This one is cool because it has a direct call to action embedded in this social issue film app. It allows the sharing of personal testimonials and communication with the U.S. Department of Education.

Distributor: Stonehenge Productions through iTunes in the App Store

Business Model: The FilmApp for the film “Race to Nowhere” is available for free through the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore. The entire film can be purchased through an In-App Purchase, which enables downloading as well as access to the entire array of bonus content available within the app.

The “Race to Nowhere” FilmApp includes these features: social media integration, social activism components, games and in-App purchase options, to name a few.

This FilmApp is the first of its kind to offer the ability for users to record and share a personal testimonial about the education system in their countries, the impact it has had on them and the changes they would like to see. It also provides an important means by which viewers can add their voice and become advocates for change. This FilmApp also allows users to get involved on a political level by facilitating direct communication with the U.S. Department of Education urging change.

 

 

 

  • Thank you for kind MoPix plug. I see mobile app’s as a HUGE opportunity because tablet technology is shifting the film industry. Owners of the tablet devices are already watching 2.5 times the number of online movies and TV shows as non-tablet owners and this will only continue to increase.

    Our goal is to eliminate the traditional entry barriers to distribution by providing filmmakers tools to distribute and market through the mobile marketplace. The MoPix model is based on helping indie filmmakers bring their film to the world market and also help filmmakers directly connect with fans.