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Indie Slate Android App
Simple Android App for Indie Filmmakers
As I was in production for an independent feature-length film, I needed a slate to film each take to assist in media file management.

Because a traditional "Hollywood-Style" slate clapper board with date and time display costs thousands of dollars, I bought a cheap sub-$100 Android tablet to use a digital slate application.

Ironically enough, I found that all of the digital slate applications available on the market did not have a layout that was useful for a digital-only workflow.

All of the slates had "Film Roll", "Scene", and "Shot"... without any accommodation for a take number. (How many actors nail their lines perfectly on the first take every time?)

I decided to use the free online Android application development software, App Inventor by MIT, to create a slate app that had the features I was looking for.

Below you will see my answer. I created data areas for "Scene", "Shot", and "Take".

The UI/UX allows for quickly changing between shots and takes; however, for more persistent information such as the "Production Title" and "Scene" I put those onto a separate configuration page accessible from the red gear icon I created in the upper left.

This was useful since each shooting day usually consisted of only one scene, which needed to support letters and numbers instead of just simple integers which were required by the "Shots" and "Takes" areas. Any increment or decrement of the "Shot" field automatically resets the "Take" field to 1.

Below that, in a non-user-editable field is the current date and time. This information is useful in media library management and time-of-day continuity.
Main Interface
App Settings Page
Created in 2016 using the MIT App Inventor. © HyperOptic Productions
Indie Slate Android App
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