Blocker, augmented reality for filmmakers

By Philippe Lewicki / 27 Sep 2017

Topics: arkit | augmented reality | blocker | products | blog | lab

Taking advantage of the new augmented reality features of Apple ARKit, AfterNow has created an app for filmmakers.

Blocker is a creative tool for filmmakers. It combines a director's viewfinder with the ability to place virtual characters in order to quickly compose shots. It can be used for blocking or storyboarding.

The current version includes:

  • A director's viewfinder
  • The ability to compose a scene with 3D content
  • A physical model of the sun that accurately simulates shadows and color
  • Shareable photos with important shot information baked in

Compose a scene

“Our goal is to pull storyboarding and shot blocking into the real world, so that it’s intuitive and expressive,” said Jesse Vander Does, the Director of Technology at AfterNow.

By mixing virtual characters and objects in the real world, filmmakers can accurately prepare scenes to communicate positioning of cameras and characters.

“ARKit from Apple is enabling developers to create more valuable and practical augmented reality applications on mobile phones,” according to Philippe Lewicki, Captain of AfterNow.


Blocker is now available for download on the Apple app store for iPhone 6s and newer, running iOS11.
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Philippe Lewicki

Culver City

Immersed in the metaverse for the past 7 years, international technology speakers. Philippe is working at AfterNow creating the future of human and machines interactions.