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Sun Surveyor App review

| March 10, 2013 | 0 Comments


Filmmaking already involves way to much gear. Anyone who has ever walked past a big budget film set knows that there are lines and lines of trucks taking up whole blocks. What are they used for? The old film adage is that its better to have it and not need it than need it and now have it. Accordingly, film crews bring everything they can to a film set, just in case.

And this is great for a big budget film with money to burn, but what about the rest of us? The one person film teams schlepping every tool we own to every job, just in case?

Enter the iPhone – its something we already have on set, so if we can load it up with filmmaking goodies, we save on weight and clutter. Its win/win.

But it gets even better: you can enter any GPS coordinates and any time of day, planning your shoot and giving you knowledge ahead of time. Why is this helpful? Because anyone can look up when sunset is, but knowing exactly when the sun is going to go behind those buildings is a game changer.


I can see a pretty good view of Manhattan from my rooftop in Brooklyn. A couple of times a year, the angle of the sun is just right and reflects off all the glass, creating a ‘city on fire’ effect. Thanks to Sun Surveyor  I know exactly when this will happen and can plan a shoot around the effect, all from my iPhone.


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