Managing a Video Production with an iPad
Illustration by John Hersey

Managing a Video Production with an iPad

with Nick Brazzi

Video: Exporting a simple shot log from the MovieSlate app

If you decided to log your shots during And you can see I have all these options for exporting the shot log.
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  1. 8m 10s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
    2. Apps and tools needed for this course
      4m 53s
    3. Exercise files
      1m 14s
  2. 28m 45s
    1. Defining roles
      1m 43s
    2. Setting up a file storage system using Dropbox and Google Drive
      11m 23s
    3. Dividing the script into scene and shot numbers
      8m 38s
    4. Preparing storyboards
      7m 1s
  3. 1h 10m
    1. Introducing the Shot Lister app
      1m 35s
    2. Creating a shot list and adding scene information
      10m 0s
    3. Adding individual shots and finishing the shot list
      8m 9s
    4. Exporting the shot list as a CSV for the Shot Lister app
      2m 59s
    5. Importing and organizing the shot list on the iPad
      8m 41s
    6. Adding storyboards to a shot list
      5m 13s
    7. Creating a shoot-day schedule
      4m 48s
    8. Ordering shots on a shoot-day schedule
      5m 25s
    9. Scheduling times for the shoot day
      8m 3s
    10. Choosing the right method of numbering shots
      9m 8s
    11. Creating call sheets
      6m 28s
  4. 19m 20s
    1. Setting up an iPad teleprompter rig
      2m 15s
    2. Preparing the script for the teleprompter
      10m 42s
    3. Running the teleprompter from a separate device
      6m 23s
  5. 14m 53s
    1. Using a physical slate
      6m 2s
    2. Using the MovieSlate iPad app
      8m 51s
  6. 31m 21s
    1. Running the shoot day on paper
      9m 2s
    2. Running the shoot day from the Shot Lister app
      10m 30s
    3. Logging shots with the Shot Lister app
      4m 37s
    4. Logging shots with the MovieSlate app
      7m 12s
  7. 27m 3s
    1. Preparing a paper shot log for the editor
      5m 0s
    2. Exporting a shot log from the Shot Lister app
      8m 31s
    3. Exporting a simple shot log from the MovieSlate app
      3m 32s
    4. Exporting an XML shot log from MovieSlate for Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro
      10m 0s
  8. 15m 1s
    1. Setting up the Easy Release app
      7m 32s
    2. Collecting a signed release
      7m 29s
  9. 1m 49s
    1. Next steps
      1m 49s

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Video shoots require a lot of organization. Whether you're the director for a large crew, a solo shooter, or something in between, you need to develop a solid workflow for planning a shoot and keeping it on track. The portability and versatility of the iPad is helpful in any of these scenarios, keeping your footprint light and your budget even lighter.

With a handful of inexpensive apps and services that work with the iPad, you can create a very effective production toolkit. This course reveals the workflow that author and content producer Nick Brazzi uses to plan and run shoots for low-budget productions and "no-budget" web series using iPad apps, cloud-based services, and optional desktop software. Find out how Google Drive, Dropbox, and specialty apps like Shot Lister, MovieSlate, Teleprompt+, and Easy Release can help you run a tighter ship and bring your production in on schedule and under budget.

Topics include:
  • Setting up file storage and organization with Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Dividing the script into scene and shot numbers
  • Creating shot lists and a shoot-day schedule
  • Creating call sheets to organize the cast and crew
  • Using a physical slate or a slate app
  • Using an iPad as a teleprompter
  • Logging shots
  • Compiling shot lists for editing
  • Collecting signed model release forms with Easy Release
Nick Brazzi

Exporting a simple shot log from the MovieSlate app

If you decided to log your shots during the shoot using the logging features of the MovieSlate app, then now we need to look at how you can finalize that shot log for your editors. In this movie, I'm going to show you the easy method which most people will use. In the next movie, we'll take a look at some of the deeper features that the MovieSlate app has to offer for logging. First, because the MovieSlate app will generate just the shot log, you're going to need to put together all of the other material that you need to send to your editor, the script, the storyboards, the shot list.

You want to make sure those are all set and ready to send as well. And as before, a line script or something where all of the shots are labeled in the script is going to be much more informative for the editor. So here in the MovieSlate app, we're going to generate the shot log. So what we need to do is start in the history panel. And here you can see every shot that we collected for the shoot. And I can tap on them. And I can see all the information that we logged for each shot. We saw this earlier in the course.

It's important that you slate every take of every shot, no matter how small. If you didn't slate it, it's not on this list and it won't be in your shot log. So, lets go ahead and do that easy method of exporting this for the editor. All I need to do is go into the share button. And you can see I have all these options for exporting the shot log. We're going to do that easy method which is formatted HTML. I'm going to go ahead and tap on that. It's going to ask me what shots I want, all of the shots I've shot on a specific day, all of the shots for this project, or just one individual shot.

I'm going to choose this project. I want every shot associated with this project. Now what's going to happen is it's going to bundle up this file and attach it to an email that you can send to yourself or the editor. But before we send it, we can see what it looks like by hitting preview. And you can see here I've got a ton of information. Let's zoom in closer so we can really see what we're dealing with. I'll scroll up here to the top. Basically it's going to export every important column from your shot log. So you can see the information for the director's name, the cinematographer, for dates, for time code, for which roll the shot is on, the scene number which is very important, the take.

You can see when there's a red circle around the take. That means that's the circle take. That's the keeper. There's a whole bunch of other information that you may or may not need. You can see your sound and picture ratings. You can see whether this is an interior or exterior shot, even the location of where the shot was collected. So, that is all the information that you have inside of the logging features in the MovieSlate app, and you can export those all for your editor. I am going to go ahead and hit the send button.

And you can see what happens. It's going to generate a new email message, and it's going to include a zip file with this shot log HTML file. Go ahead and send this to your editor, or you can print it out onto paper and give it to your editor. I'm not going to actually send this email. I'll go ahead and hit cancel, and I'm going to hit delete draft. So, that's really all it takes to create a simple shot log for the editor using all of the notes and information that you have in the MovieSlate app. There are some more robust options for exporting xml files, but if you're looking for a quick and easy export, this should give you what you need.

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