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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 lynda.com 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.
Let's look at one more possible method, for running the shoot, using some of the apps that we have talked about. This time, I want to use the MovieSlate app, which I introduced in the previous chapter, to log shots as we shoot. This is really convenient, because you're basically building the shot log, automatically, as you slate each shot with the app. So, make sure you have your call sheets, your script, your storyboards, and your shot list on hand. You can use paper print outs, you can use PDF's on the iPad, or you can use the actual iPad apps themselves.
But you don't need a shot log, also known as the camera report. We're going to generate that, directly in the MovieSlate app. For this exercise, you're going to use the shot list, either in the Shot Lister app, or on paper, to manage the schedule, and check off shots when they're completed. And we're going to use the MovieSlate app, to create the shot log. So we've seen the essential features of the Slate app before. Here, I have all of the information I need, filled in for the next shot that we're going to shoot. Shot 4A, and we're going to do, take one.
So when we're ready to shoot that shot, I can frame the slate up in the camera, and I can snap the slate, just by touching the sticks at the top. And after a few moments, the screen is going to change, to the shot log screen. Now, we've seen this screen a little bit before, but now I want to take the opportunity, to dig a little deeper. And see how we can use some of these shot log features. So while the shot is rolling, I've got the opportunity to take some notes, and add other information, so, if I hit the Note button right here, I can add just general notes about this take.
So I'll type something in here and I'll say, this take is No good, and I'll hit Done, to save that note. You can add whatever notes you want in that field. You can also add keywords, which is very useful, if you planned to import information, from the slate, into Final Cut Pro X. Later in the course, we'll talk about creating an xml file, with camera log information. Which the editor can load straight into their editing application. And if you do that, the keyword data that we enter here, can translate directly, into the keyword fields, in Final Cut X.
So let's take a look at that. I'm going to hit the keyword button, and let's just add some keywords, you can see I have a list of keywords here on the right side. But let's think about what keywords I want to add in. Well, this particular shot that we're shooting, is a medium shot. So, sometimes I like to add keywords, for the shot framing. Now, I don't see the medium shot keyword on this list, but I can switch to a different keyword category, just by touching this button up here at the top. I can scroll through, and I want to go to the Shot category.
Here in the shot category, I have keywords for different shot framing. So this is a medium or mid shot, so I'll select Mid Shot. And that's been added as a keyword to the keywords field. Let's add a second keyword. I'm going to jump to another category. This time I'll go into Filters. So, why am I in the filters category? Well, today we're shooting outside in really bright sun, and on some of my shots we're going to need a neutral density filter on the camera. And this is something that the editor might need to now about.
Which shots used the neutral density filter, and which didn't. So here in the filters category, I can choose the keyword for Neutral Density, and you can see it just adds that to the keywords list. Once I've added all the keywords I want, I just hit Done, and I'm back to that shot log page. Some of the other things I can do, I can add rating to both picture and sound, this is a 1 to 5 star rating, this is just to give the editor an idea of which takes have the best picture, and the best sound quality. These are notes that you may want to get from the director, or the sound engineer, or the cinematographer.
And finally, if this take is the one that you want the editor to really focus on, you can mark it as the circle take, just by hitting, the Circle Take button. No I don't want this as a circle take, so I'll hit that button again, to uncircle it. So I'm done with this shot. I'm going to hit End Shot. And it automatically rolls up to take two. Real quick, let's slate a second take. So I'm going to clap the sticks. I'm going to wait for it to roll over to the next screen.
And I'm going to rate the audio and video, real quick. And I'm going to mark this one as the Circle Take. And I'll hit, End the Shot. Now that we've shot two takes, the director might come back to me, and say, go ahead and mark both takes with a circle. The editor can use either of them. But here's the problem. We've already finished the shot. We've already put in the notes. So what we need to do, is go back and edit the notes on those shots. And to do that. I need to go into the history panel. So with the buttons down at the bottom of the screen, I'm going to tap History.
Here I can see every shot, and each of the takes, for this project listed. Now, for what it's worth, if you've shot multiple projects, you can switch between the projects. By hitting the Projects button up here at the top. If you've got multiple projects, they'll all be listed here. We're going to stick with the Castles project, so we'll go back to that same list. So, for now, I'm focusing on the shots that I've logged for this particular production, and I can tap on any of these shots, and see information about them. And as I continue shooting, each new take, will be added to this list.
I can also tap on any of these takes, and edit information about them. So if I touch on the notes for any of these takes, I can go in, and make changes to the notes. I'll go and hit Done here. I can also change the picture, or sound quality ratings. And I can even change whether it's a circle take, or not. Now, I can even edit the content that appears on the face of the slate. If I touch on any of those fields, it shows the text field that I can go in, and make changes to. But you want to be careful with this. It's important that you do not edit the content of the slate, after the shot, unless you send very clear notes to the editor about it.
Remember, the slate is visible on screen, in the shot, and the editor will be matching that slate, with the notes from the slate app that you're going to deliver later. It's important that the slate on screen, matches the notes. So while it's okay to edit the notes, or the keywords, or the ratings, you might want to be careful about editing the actual content on the face of the slate. So, this is the history page, and it's the shot log information for this production. In the next chapter, we're going to talk about how to prepare that shot log for the editor, but for now, you can go ahead, and use the slate to log your shots.
But also make sure you're keeping the shoot on schedule. Using the shot list according to one of the techniques, that we talked about earlier in this chapter. At this point, I hope you've started to decide on your preferences. There will be a bunch of different ways to log shots, and keep the shoot on schedule, using different types of shot lists, and shot logs. The MovieSlate app, is just one way of logging shots, and I think it's a pretty cool way to do it.
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