Many teenagers use applications on mobile devices, but very few actually create them. Pixcisely, originally created for the film industry to make sure props, wardrobe, and make-up stay consistent throughout production and post-production, can also be used for so much more. You simply take a photo of anything, then save and title it for future use.
Two summers ago, Serra Senior Class President Clint Thodos from San Mateo, CA worked on two movie sets in Hollywood, where he noticed that not everything was being recreated consistently throughout the filming process.
“When I was interning on a movie set last summer, I realized that sets, wardrobe and makeup needed to be recreated day after day,” Thodos recounted.
“However, not everything was being recreated exactly the way it should have been. Having inconsistencies in wardrobe, props or makeup in a movie or TV can result in those items moving, changing or disappearing from the screen after the editing process.”
That’s when it dawned on him: Why not create an app for the iPhone that would enable film crews to recreate scenes in a snap?
“The total process took about a year from the initial idea to bringing it to fruition on the Apple App Store,” explains Thodos, who is planning to also release games for mobile platforms.
“I currently am finishing up little details that have to be completed before I can release the Android version of the app, and I plan on making many more apps. I hope to have a game for the iPhone/iPad in my near future.”
You just select the photo you want and Pixcisely allows you to change the transparency and line up the photo with the current view through the camera. While using the transparency bar you can see what’s missing, moved, or changed, and fix it so the photo lines up perfectly with what’s being shown through your camera. The transparency bar can appear or disappear with a simple tap on the right hand side of the screen if you need to view everything on the right.
“It’s exciting, because it can be used not only in the film industry, but in the police and fire industry when they take pictures of emergency scenes,” noted Thodos, who hopes to major in communications at a Southern California university such as Loyola Marymount.
“I think there is a lot you can do with this app,” he added. “Store managers can use it for display windows. Real estate agents can use it for staging rooms. Think about how often you try to recreate something you did in the past – arranging holiday decorations, room organization, makeup and wardrobe for movies, the list is endless.”