Managing a Video Production with an iPad
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Logging shots with the Shot Lister app


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Earlier we talked about using the Shot Lister app on the iPad to dynamically manage the schedule during the shoot and to mark shots as done as you go. But as you go through the shooting day, you really need to stay on top of logging shots and takes for the editor using your shot log or camera report. Now you can certainly use the paper shot log we talked about earlier, or you could simply record your notes directly into the Shot Lister app. This makes things so much easier, and gets you even closer to that paper free work flow.
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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 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.

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
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Nick Brazzi

Logging shots with the Shot Lister app

Earlier we talked about using the Shot Lister app on the iPad to dynamically manage the schedule during the shoot and to mark shots as done as you go. But as you go through the shooting day, you really need to stay on top of logging shots and takes for the editor using your shot log or camera report. Now you can certainly use the paper shot log we talked about earlier, or you could simply record your notes directly into the Shot Lister app. This makes things so much easier, and gets you even closer to that paper free work flow.

So as we go through this movie, remember, we're doing all of this concurrently with managing the schedule. And marking off our completed shots. So, let's look at where we are in the shot list. I'm going to open up Shot Lister, and it looks like we're working on shot 9G. As soon as the director calls cut on the first take, you should be thinking about what information the editor needs to know about that take. Now you may already know what the notes are going to say, but you might need to have a quick chat with the director.

For now, let's say that take one is no good. It was the first run through, so the actors stumbled through the dialogue. So let's write down that note for the editor. So all I need to do is tap on that shot, and the Shot Settings window pops up. I'm going to put my notes to the editor in the Description field. This is the one field in my shot list. That will allow me to have multiple lines so I can type a line, press Return, and get a new line. So it's really handy for notes. So I'm going to tap in the description field, and I'm going to make sure I add a new line by hitting Return and I'm going to type in my note.

So I'll type in, take 1. I'll put in a space. I like to put in a dash here to separate my note. Then I'll just type in no good. Now you probably want to write more detailed notes, but I'm just doing this quickly for demonstration purposes. Another thing to keep in mind is, this works a lot easier in the landscape mode on your iPad. That way it's easier to scroll through and to type inside this description field. So when we finish the second take, I'm going to come right back to this same place and write down my notes for take 2.

So, I'll press Return to create a new line here, and I'll type take 2, put in my little dash, and I'll say. Good take. There we go. So let's take a quick glance at some of the notes that I've written for some of the other shots that we already finished today. So I'm going to tap outside of this box to close it and I'll just scroll through and I'll tap on one of my other shots. And I can just kind of scroll through this description field and you can see I've got all of the takes that I've written down.

As we were shooting those shots. In addition to writing notes for the editor, you may also want to mark circle takes. Remember, circling a take on your shot log is just a quick way of telling the editor that this is a good take and they should plan to use it in the final edit. So I'm going to tap outside of this box and I'll go back to the shot that we're working on. What I'm looking for is the Circle Take field. Here on my shot list, it's right next to the time for each individual shot. If you don't see the circle take field on your shot list, that's just because it's not been enabled.

So I'm going to go into the settings. And I want to make sure that the Circle Take field is switched on. Now the Circle Take feature is part of that pro upgrade for the Shot Lister app. So if you did not purchase the $20 per year pro upgrade, then you're not going to have the option for Circle Take. And that's just fine. Just set it up for however you want to work. I'm going to hit Save. And now that I have the Circle Take field enabled. All I need to do is touch that circle button on the shot that I'm working on.

And then I touch whichever take number I want to be the circle take. So the second take for this shot is the best take, so I'll mark that one. And if I close this box, and I look at the Circle Take field on another shot, just by hitting the circle button on that shot, you can see that I mark take 4 as a circle take for this shot. Sometimes, editors will just assume that the last take is the best one. And they'll use that one in the edited piece. But sometimes you get a really good line reading in take two. Even though you ended up shooting five takes.

Making circle takes and giving detailed notes really is the best way to go. Communicate with your editors and your post production will go so much more smoothly.

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