ShotList puts a shot list in your pocket
UPDATED: I just added a quick update about the newly released, version 3! It’s at the bottom of this post.
Organization is key on any film set. Without it, production would descend into chaos. Fortunately, a new tool called Shot List can help you keep track of your shot lists while on set.
The setup of the application is very simple, so as not to get in the way of your workflow. But, don’t let the simple interface give you the wrong idea. Shot list includes just about any feature you would need. The app combines some of the best aspects of having your shot list on paper with the benefits of a digital workflow.
When I started this review, Soluble Apps (ShotList’s developer) was about to release v2.0, a major upgrade. I had the chance to thoroughly test the older version of the app, as well as the new version prior to its release. It’s also worth nothing that Soluble Apps plans to keep providing updates in a rapid fashion as the app approaches its 3rd major version. ShotList is a universal app, which performs the same way on both the iPhone and iPad.
When you first open ShotList, you’re presented with a few standard options including Share, Support and the ability to Select a pre-existing project. Once you have a project open, you can assign every shot a color code that indicates if the shot is To Do, Delayed, Cut, and Done. Further organization is accomplished as ShotList color coordinates the location of the shot and the time period.
The app is set up to to allow for minimal repeat typing, as just about any data you enter into the app can be added to each shot.
Another feature allows users to attach up to six storyboards to each shot on your list. To remain truly mobile, you can use a drawing application, camera roll photos, or photos you take on the spot from within ShotList. I imported shots I took from within Artemis Director’s Viewfinder so I could have a very informational set of data all in one.
When it comes time to export, you can send your shot list through email or Dropbox (use this link to get an extra 250mb on a new free Dropbox account). Exporting doesn’t include the storyboards at this time. Exporting through email only uses the iPhones contacts, no custom contacts. You can also import shot lists into the app from Dropbox, which can be especially handy when sharing documents with your director.
This application is a valuable tool for any Assistant Director looking to take a load off. I look forward to seeing what changes come to the App in the near future.
It’s worth pointing out that there is another great stripboard application on the App Store called Movie Magic Scheduling To Go which works hand-in-hand with the desktop version of Movie Magic Scheduling used by most assistant directors on professional productions. In fact, it requires the desktop version. However, if you’re NOT already working with Movie Magic Scheduling on the desktop, and you’re looking for a quick, self-contained, elegant solution, then Shot List is your app. Nothing else comes close.
Update on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 2:03PM
Version 3.0 has Arrived. Below are a few of the major new features, as well as a full change list. http://solubleapps.com/2011/12/05/shotlist-3-0-stripboardreleased/
Fast Move Between Strips
You can now move directly between strips from the Details page by swiping up or down with one finger, this moves to the previous or next strip in your current shooting order.
Fast Move Between StripsYou can now move directly between strips from the Details page by swiping up or down with one finger, this moves to the previous or next strip in your current shooting order.
You can now edit or view notes by tapping them, just like the other panels on the Details page. On the Notes page you can scroll forward and back with a swipe, or tap to activate hot links for phone numbers or web addresses.
To edit notes, tap the button at top right.
Returning To The Stripboard
When you return to the Stripboard page from the Details page, the strip you were editing will flash briefly in blue to help you locate it.
Show Notes In Oneline Schedule.
You can now output notes with the oneline schedule if you wish. Simply enable the slider for “Include notes”, and any notes that exist for a strip will be added to the schedule output. We also fixed a bug where the total number of pages wasn’t displayed correctly for each day.
Apps Mentioned in this article:
ShotList- Movie Shoot Planning
ShotList- Movie Shoot Planning
ShotList brings an editable production stripboard to your mobile device to help plan every scene of your shoot. It also tracks your progress on the day, shot-by-shot.
Developed in co-operation with an award-winning video production company, ShotList is an essential tool for anyone putting together a scripted movie or video shoot.
Store the details, locations and notes for every scene and shot in an easily-viewable form. Break down a script and plan out a multi-day shoot in advance – the app will always be with you whenever you need to make an urgent change, and makes it simple to keep your team updated.
"A top-notch organizational app for filmmakers."- AppAdvice.com
"Don't let the simple interface give you the wrong idea. ShotList includes just about any feature you would need"- HandHeldHollywood.com
"A wonderful alternative to an overflowing binder." This_And_That, US
"A great way to organize your shoot and keep your crew on the same page" Carol Radford, US
• Add, edit, delete or re-order scenes across multiple shooting days, right on your mobile device.
• Never miss a vital scene or shot by tracking progress as you go.
• Keep notes for each scene, including links for instant dial of critical phone numbers and web addresses (such as location contacts, weather reports, or tide timetables).
• Plan shots for each scene, with storyboards, notes, shot type, angle, movement, camera and status.
• Keep your team informed by emailing a detailed PDF or oneline schedule to the group, directly from the app.
• Use Dropbox to backup your project, or exchange updates with other ShotList users on your team.
• Print updates directly from the app (*requires AirPrint-compatible printer.)
To learn tips and tricks to get the most from this app, please view the User Guide at Solubleapps.com.
The development of ShotList was part-financed by Northern Film & Media.
Artemis Director's Viewfinder
by Chemical Wedding
Artemis Director's Viewfinder
Artemis Director's Viewfinder reproduces any camera, aspect ratio and lens combination. Included is a comprehensive list of commonly used motion picture and stills cameras and a Custom Camera function that allows for any new or exotic camera to be added.
Used by established directors, cinematographers & VFX supervisors worldwide, Artemis works in much the same way as a traditional directors viewfinder but more accurately and with many additional features. It's perfect for blocking, location scouting or making storyboards, as some of our users attest....
Roger Deakins ASC, BSC (Cinematographer: Unbroken, Prisoners, Skyfall, The Company of Men, The Shawshank Redemption)
"It’s great having Artemis on my iPhone. Since I always have my phone with me, I always have a viewfinder at hand. Not only convenient but extremely accurate."
Richard Loncraine (Director: The Special Relationship, Firewall, Richard III, Wimbledon)
"Artemis is an accurate, compact professional viewfinder that in my opinion cant be beaten. I used it on "Ruth and Alex" with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, where it dramatically shortened the time it took to get our set ups. I have used everything viewfinder available over the last 40 years but non of them compare to Artemis.”
Phedon Papamichael ASC (Cinematographer: Monuments Men, Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways)
“Artemis is always in my pocket - no more need for a PA carrying a large case of lenses up a mountain on a scout. It's changed the way we do things!”
Terry McDonough (Director: Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, An Adventure In Space And Time)
"When in prep, it’s hard to be in the same country with your heads of department let alone the same state let alone the same room, Artemis makes it feel like you are."
Bruno Delbonnel ASC, AFC (Cinematographer: Big Eyes, Inside Llewyn Davis, Amelie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
"Artemis is a great viewfinder. I use it a lot when scouting. And since it's very accurate you can show a frame to whoever needs to see what the shot will be or could be....and discuss it."
Yves Bélanger CSC (Cinematographer: Dallas Buyers Club, Laurence Always, Ma Fille, Mon Ange)
"Artemis is the best invention for film people since the expresso machine!"
Barry Ackroyd BSC (Cinematographer: Captain Phillips, Hurt Locker, United 93)
"Artemis makes me feel smarter than I was without it. It’s the sharpest tool on my iPhone."
Linus Sandgren FSF (Cinematographer: American Hustle, Promised Land, 6 Souls)
"Artemis is an amazing Swiss army knife style lens kit that has helped me frame up countless shots in any format in an instant.”
Sean Bobbit BSC (Cinematographer: 12 Years a Slave, Oldboy, Hunger)
"I never leave home without Artemis. It is the one app I can guarantee will be used everyday on the job."
Roberto Schaefer ASC, AIC (Cinematographer: Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Stranger than Fiction)
“I agree with what every other DP on the planet says about Artemis. They are all correct. Nothing comes close to Artemis for a convenient pocket size viewfinder, even on my iPad mini which fits in my cargo pants pockets."
Larry McConkey SOC (Steadicam: 12 Years a Slave, World War Z, Hugo, The Bourne Ultimatum)
"Artemis has made my life much easier. Instead of carrying a traditional viewfinder with lenses and a monitor, I can use Artemis with iPro on my iPhone for accurate scouts and rehearsals anytime, anywhere. I use Artemis HD on my iPad when I need a larger image that groups of people can see easily. With Artemis, I can set marks during rehearsals and be confident that when I have my Steadicam on ready to shoot, the frame will be exactly as I planned."
David Franco (Cinematographer: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Bridge, The Whole Nine Yards)
"Since I discovered Artemis, there is never a day at work that I don’t use it. Whether in prep, making story boards or lining up shots with the director, Artemis is a workhorse tool.”
Movie Magic Scheduling To Go
by Entertainment Partners
Movie Magic Scheduling To Go
This application requires a file that is created in MMS 5 or MMS 6.
Movie Magic Scheduling To Go provides a flexible, accurate and efficient companion solution to the desktop version of Movie Magic Scheduling 5 and Movie Magic Scheduling 6 for use on the iPad. MMS To Go allows you to make changes to your existing schedule in a simple touch screen interface.
•Move Strips around on the Strip board
•Move Strips into the Boneyard
•Add or remove Daybreaks and Banners
•The “i” button provides schedule summary information including total pages, days, and final day of production
•Import an existing schedule by emailing it to yourself or by syncing with your desktop iTunes file folder
•Open any of your saved schedule scenarios, calendars, or strip designs (Horizontal designs only) contained in your Schedule
•View Breakdown sheets and Elements
•View full Boneyard
•View Red Flags on your strip board and Breakdown sheets
•View Images associated with Breakdown sheets
•Email to a recipient or sync your files through iTunes on your desktop
This application works in conjunction with your current version of MMS 5 and MMS 6 (or higher), but for full functionality you should be on the current version of Movie Magic Scheduling 6.